«After bombing government buildings in central Oslo Mr Breivik drove past two police vehicles en route to Utoya without being stopped, despite a tip-off that identified his car licence-plates. Other police blunders included overloading a boat that broke down and heading for the wrong island. It took an “unacceptable” 35 minutes for the police to cross the 500-metre (1,640 feet) channel separating Utoya from the mainland. For the victims’ families this means that the lives of dozens of teenagers could have been saved.» (via Norway and terrorism: From hero to knave | The Economist)
“Many Norwegians think a verdict of sanity and a stiff prison sentence are the correct outcome. But others disagree. They say Mr Breivik’s rambling political doctrine is a shield for lunacy and it would be safer to incarcerate him under psychiatric order. This, they believe, would minimise his chances of walking free on a Norwegian street again. Whatever the verdict, the outcome is likely to be ugly. There may not be riots or violence but there will be arguments. Last year’s massacre left a wound that will take time to heal. And even if Mr Stoltenberg battles on, the odds against his re-election next year have risen.”
This article is about the Norwegian PM, Jens Stoltenberg, but the revelations about Breivik botched operations are startling..