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And in cold hard realpolitik terms, a regime that will not kill to defend its existence cannot survive in the long run.

But this guy is no threat to the Norwegian regime. He organized no insurrection, and even if he had, the regime would have handled it easily. If you execute him, you open the door to execution of the silly black b(ol)locs who smash windows, shrieking "Paris, lève-toi!".

If a regime gets near the tipping point, insurrectionaries will logically be shot on sight. Executing them after the fact is not very effective really.

In practice anyway, Norway has a law that enables them to renew his lease on a prison cell every five years. So logically he'll never be free again.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Jul 27th, 2011 at 10:55:53 AM EST
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