Europe is so enlightened.
They do not cruelly execute criminals, depriving them of their chance for redemption.
Norway, for instance, has shown remarkable compassion to Anders Behring Breivik.
You don't know him?
He only killed 77, yes 77 people in a slaughterfest last year in Norway.
"He is getting what he deserves," said Alexandra Peltre, 18, whom Breivik shot in the thigh on Utoeya. "This is karma striking back at him. I do not care if he is insane or not, as long as he gets the punishment that he deserves."
Breivik, who had surrendered to police on the island without a fight, admitted blowing up the Oslo government headquarters with a fertilizer bomb, killing eight, on Friday, July 22, 2011, then shooting 69 at the ruling party's summer youth camp.
What is it that he "deserves," according to compassionate Norway, for snuffing out the lives and futures of 77 mostly teenaged kids, some as young as 14?
The max of course!
21 years in a comfy, humanely-appointed Norwegian prison.
This despite his unrepentant claim: "I stand by what I have done and I would still do it again." \
Ah, but fear not, noble Norway, your country is good hands, compassionate hands, and this result is not only NOT a mistake, it's a feature of Norwegian society:
"This attack has not in any way succeeded in redefining our liberal democracy," said Oslo University philosophy professor Lars Fredrik Svendsen. "The Norwegian judicial system has shown itself as rock solid during this trial."Right.