Terror attack in Norway’s capital Oslo shocked the world

The news shocked the whole world. The beauty and quiet Norway was the target of a terrorist attack ? Almost incredible. If there is something incredible nowadays… 😦

According Reuters, a bomb devastated the main government building in Norway’s capital Oslo on Friday, killing two people and 15 people were injured; also a gunman wounded five people hours later in a shooting at a youth camp of Norwegian Labour Party. It is not clear whether or how the incidents were linked. Though the bomb attack was on the very heart of power in the small Nordic state, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg was safe. Notice that Norway is a country with an extremely low crime rate. More, political violence is virtually unknown in a country known for awarding the Nobel Peace Prize and mediating in conflicts, including in the Middle East and Sri Lanka. Attack was no claim of responsibility. The first suspicion hanging over Al-Qaeda. NATO member Norway has been the target of threats, if not bombs, before, notably over its involvement in conflicts in Afghanistan. The attack came just over a year after three men were arrested on suspicion of having links to Al- Qaeda and planning to attack targets in Norway. Another hypothesis is aimed at the involved of Norway in the NATO bombing of Libya, whose leader Muammar Gaddafi has threatened to strike back in Europe. In change, Al Jazeera said that Mullah Krekar, founder of the Kurdish Islamist group Ansar al-Islam, who had terrorism charges filed against him on Tuesday, is accused of threatening the life of a former minister . “Norway will pay a heavy price for my death,”he said. “If, for example, Erna Solberg deports me and I die as a result, she will suffer the same fate.” Norway is a founding member of the United Nations, NATO, the Council of Europe, and the Nordic Council.

UPDATE:  Number of victims seems to be much larger than originally thought. CNN speak about 17 dead at youth camp on Utoya island. PM Jens Stoltenberg confirmed in a press conference that aggressor is a Norwegian citizen. Also, he said that claim attack was not confirmed.
UPDATE_2: As the hours pass and research advances, the number of victims seems to remove any trace of rationality. A reality horror and irrational, that none of the original assumptions are not confirmed. A Norwegian “madman” (Anders Behring Breivik – with extreme-right views) carried out the biggest spree killing in modern history yesterday when he posed as a police officer and massacred 80 people at an island youth camp. The attack “is probably more Norway‘s Oklahoma City than it is Norway’s World Trade Center,” the police official said, quoted NY Daily News.

4 responses to “Terror attack in Norway’s capital Oslo shocked the world

  1. Not for a moment denying the human tragedy of the attacks – but can’t you discern some irony in Norway bombiing LIbya, which is no threat to Norway – and being part of a coalition ( i.e. NATO) – and now the same thing in reverse has happened in Norway…

    By reference to a counter-terrorist’s definition of reasons for terrorist attacks:-
    “Terrorists kill for two basic reasons: They want to disrupt and destroy institutions or symbols of a political order they despise and they want to intimidate people not touched by the attack directly.”
    Is it not truly ironic that:-
    1. The US/NATO – “ …. want to disrupt and destroy institutions or symbols of a political order”;and
    2. “…they despise and they want to intimidate people not touched by the attack directly.” ( what do you think is happening to the Libyan population en mass that has US/NATO bombs endlessly showered down on Libya?)
    At least CNN was smart enough to distance itself from the reasoning: “The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Brian Fishman”
    I am suggesting that the narrative really does not hold – and – I will suggest why.

    If you were in downtown Oslo and a bomb went off it would make you shit scared if it did not already do serious harm to you.
    At this stage I do not know who was behind the blast, but could I put some things in very human perspective?
    A. A religion is insulted by way of certain cartoons published ( qualifier – for my part I don’t see justification in killing a person because someone drew an insulting picture of my God). Decency, however, would suggest to me ( albeit I am not a religious person) that I don’t go around the world mocking those with Judeo-Christian or Muslim or Hindu or any other type of religious belief and belief in their God. Free speech in every country has it limits and boundaries. And human decency suggests that one need not insult, incite or provoke hostilities – when we full well know that provocation, by its very nature, can lead to violence.
    B. A lot of us in the West simply do not consider the dynamics of A above – but, just blame the Muslims and Islamists or the so-called Al Quiada.
    C. A person walking the streets of Tripoli has a right not to be fearful that a bomb will come hurling down on his or her head, home, family or public service facilities relied on and should be able to live in peace. Resolution 1973 permits a no-fly zone. I am not aware that since the passage of the UN resolution there has been any violation of the no-fly zone by the Libyan authorities. Thus, in point of law, one has to question the legality of the bombs being dropped on the Libyan people. Making war by way of what clearly is a war of aggression must be seen as a provocation.
    D. It is not improbable that for reason of the perceptions of some people of the Muslim faith there is a feeling that it is Muslims being attacked by the West in Libya. If this is so, at this stage, one is left to speculate whether or not the terrorist attack in Oslo and the shooting of the youngsters is not a soft target retaliatory strike in response to the terror bombings of the US/NATO in Libya.
    I do not condone the killing of innocent civilians . The Libyans on the streets of Tripoli are as much human as are the persons walking the streets of Oslo. Bombing either set of persons is in actuality – terrorism. There need to be no political gloss on the observation in the previous sentence. This kind of conduct must be condemned. A leader targeted by Western bombing at the leader’s family’s residence in Tripoli. A leader in Oslo having his office targeted and destroyed b y a bomb. A family that loses its child or children in Tripoli – a family that loses a young loved one at a youth camp in Oslo. Can we just simply and honestly term all the attacks – terrorism?
    Can we just stop the bombing and killing of innocent people?
    P.S. The following is noteworthy:-
    1. The bombing took place on a public holiday when the government offices were mostly empty. If someone wanted to do mass murder – the attack would have been on a regular working day.
    2. The person who shot down the youngsters was a Norwegian ( i.e. until I see his picture – I am assuming indigenous white person)
    3. There was close timing of the two attacks. This suggests a single source of the co-ordinated attacks. Who? – black ops?
    4. The thrust will be to promote this so called “war on terror”. One attacks a country that does not attack you then expects – what war or peace? War of course – that is how they make the money – by having reasons to make and drop the bombs.

  2. Words cannot describe what happened on Utoya island and thoughts of disbelief and compassion fill our minds.

    Here you can express your condolences with the families and all who are involved in this tragedy:


  3. Lona del Torro

    Hi ! You just said us what all of us know…:D
    What is you opinion about such tragedy ? I was shocked to see many people which wrote on different forum that he is right…

  4. There is a lot of hate in the world.

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