He was born in Oslo on February 13 1979 to a diplomat father and nurse mother, two professions from which one might expect any ensuing progeny to have the best pedigree, and on the face of it there appears to be some truth in this. However Breivik himself would later describe his childhood as "privileged but with way too much freedom",this due to two circumstances. Firstly his parents divorced when Anders was just one year old, and though father would support the child materially and kept contact with the boy through his adolescence it was the mother who won and retained custody of the child, and whose inadequacy would be brought to the attention of Norwegian Social Services when he was four years old. Whether the mother Wenche had her own personal problems or was a schemer in the vein of Hedde Gabler is hard to ascertain, and further elucidation may be forthcoming when she testifies later in the trial. Breivik himself makes scant mention of his parents, though they were both liberal-minded who went along with the policy of multiculturalism Breivik came to hate. We thus begin to see a picture emerging of a young man without a father,looking round for role models,and a weak mother guilty of no more than neglect. This parental vacuum was filled with petty acts of vandalism common to a minority of today's teenagers-graffiti,spray painting and shoplifting. It would be a symptom of his attention-seeking, a call for help,when tragically there was none. He would join the right-wing Progress Party in 1999 at the age of 20, but this was mainstream, and no more anti-immigrant than modern-day President Sarcozy banning the burka in France,or Margaret Thatcher's fears in 1978 that Britain was becoming "swamped" with immigrants, or Gordon Brown's "British jobs for British workers" gaffe. Speculation has included his involvement in a fight with an immigrant who broke his nose, or being rejected by a girlfriend in favour of a Muslim, but I doubt anyone really knows how hatred on this level is engendered. By all accounts Breivik was not a bully but quite the reverse:he would act the part of the Good Samaritan in school, in his working life he was kind and considerate whilst working in customer services, and had the drive and ambition to found his own computer company. Yet below the surface we now know he had been planning the Utøya attacks for years.The plan, which he was later to describe as "cruel but necessary",was to bomb the Norwegian Oil Ministry as a distraction, then catch a ferry to Utøya island and massacre as many youngsters as possible. These adolescents, some as young as 14 years old were not innocent victims in Breivik's mind, because they were members of the governing Labour Party's youth wing, and therefore in his eyes no better than the Hitler Youth of the 1930s. He would therefore feel no remorse for either outrage: the Norwegian Oil Ministry was a target because it had denied an Israeli firm a state oil contract some time back(the attacks took place on the 65th anniversary of the King David Jerusalem Hotel bombing),the youth represented the future of Breivik's country which he wanted to deviate from the policy of multiculturalism, conveniently forgetting that many of the current wave of immigrants were as a result of Western foreign policy in Iraq and ethnic cleansing in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The courtroom circus is in town, replete with smiling state prosecutors, bowing psychiatrists and handshakes, along with bragging defendant as only a Scandinavian country with the innate confidence in itself and its system of justice can produce.Yes, Anders Behring Breivik will get more than his day in court. Yet it is too simplistic to say, as one team of experts has ascertained,that this man is insane. Evil yes,insane no. It will be interesting to hear the testimony from all quarters as the trial progresses.