A panel of psychiatrists this week found Norwegian Anders Breivik, the man accused of killing 77 people in a terrorist rampage, to be insane and suffering from “paranoid schizophrenia.”
Breivik took months to plan the July attacks in Oslo and at a youth camp on nearby Utoya Island. He orchestrated complicated financial transactions to obtain chemicals used to make bombs detonated at Oslo governmental buildings. He went through great lengths to ensure family, friends, police and even his landlord did not discover his plot.
We empathize with the Norwegians for being angry at a person who meticulously planned to take innocent live. How can he be crazy? If so then how come Osama bin Laden is not?
Unfortunately, if Breivik was of Arab or Pakistani background, the media would have label him a “Muslim” terrorist and no psychiatric analysis would have been done to find out his mental stability. Shouldn’t we have done the same thing for Osama bin Laden? How do we know that he was not suffering from paranoid schizophrenia as well and needed medical treatment rather than a cold blooded assassination?
It’s the duality in our view and action that deprive us of peace. True peace is a product of truth and unity!