Anders Behring Breivik might have killed close to 100 people to market a manifesto partly copied from the Unabomber.
I didn’t know whether to cry or throw up while reading the manifesto believed to have been published by the man who has admitted to the twin terror attacks on Oslo Friday.
When people started discussing and publishing excerpts from the manifesto – which also includes a detailed description of the attack, how it was planned and a diary leading up to 22/7 – on Google+ last night, there were those who said media would be playing into Breivik's hands by covering it.
There is some truth to that as the author of the manifesto more than hints that the atrocities that left at least 93 people dead were just a marketing ploy for his 15000-page manifesto.
Still, I believe transparency is more productive than secrecy in such instances, and we need to understand the terrorist's motivations in order to expose his contradictions and fallacies – even though it requires more than a degree of sobriety from the media when covering it.
As a blogger it’s my gut reaction to always link to my sources, but in this case I’ll leave it up to those interested to look up «2083. A European Declaration of Independence».