In case any of our readers missed it, we wanted to draw your attention to an important New York Times Op-Ed piece written by our friends, Toril Moi and David Paletz, about the trial in Norway of Anders Behring Breivik. The piece was published on August 23, the day before the verdict was announced. To access the piece online, please click here.
Here is how it begins:
On Friday a Norwegian court will hand down its verdict on Anders Behring Breivik, who, on July 22, 2011, detonated a bomb in central Oslo, killing eight people and wounding hundreds more, then drove to Utoya Island, where he shot and killed 69 participants in the Norwegian Labor Party’s youth camp.
The world’s attention is focused on whether the court will find Mr. Breivik guilty or criminally insane, and there has already been much debate about how the court handled the question of his sanity. But there is far more to it. Because it gave space to the story of each individual victim, allowed their families to express their loss and listened to the voices of the wounded, the Breivik trial provides a new model for justice in cases of terrorism and civilian mass murder.