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Psycho Killer, Qu'est-ce Que C'est?

irreducible-complexity Wrote: Aug 29, 2012 12:19 PM
The literal French phrase means, "What is it that this is?". Fortunately we have it a lot easier in English -- "what's that?" In French, of course, they also have shorter versions such as "c'est quoi, ca?" ("that is what, that?"). Yes, I grew up in Canada :-)

Last Friday, upon receiving the maximum possible penalty for murdering 77 people in and near Oslo, Norway, a year ago, Anders Behring Breivik smiled. The prison sentence -- 21 years initially, but indefinitely extendable for as long as Breivik is deemed a threat -- meant a five-judge panel had rejected the prosecution's argument that the self-proclaimed anti-Islamic militant was insane when he committed his bloody crimes.

Since Breivik feared such a judgment would hurt his political cause, the verdict was, in that sense, a victory for him. But it was also a victory for individual responsibility and the rule of...

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