published Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

Terror attacks in Norway

Norwegians and people all around the world were horrified when Norway was hit by multiple, deadly terrorist attacks on Friday. A radical Muslim group quickly claimed responsibility for the slaughter, The New York Times reported.

According to early reports, at least seven people died when a powerful bomb heavily damaged buildings in Norway's capital, Oslo. One of the buildings houses the offices of Norway's prime minister, Jens Stoltenberg, though he was not harmed. Just as appalling, at least nine people died at a youth camp on a Norwegian island when a gunman opened fire.

A man has been detained in connection with the attacks, police said.

The radical group that claimed it had committed the attacks said they were in response to Norway's having troops in Afghanistan and to insults against the Muslim Prophet Muhammad.

This latest violence painfully reminds us of the cowardice and mindless cruelty of terrorism, which is a threat to all nations.

What did the attacker or attackers hope to gain by slaughtering innocent people at a youth camp and in office buildings?

In the decade since the 9/11 attacks on our own country, we have to some degree gotten complacent about terrorism. We do so at our peril.

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nucanuck said...

Apparently the attacks are the result of right wing, Christian fundamentalist xenophobia, a movement every bit as frightening as Islamic extremism.

July 23, 2011 at 10:34 a.m.
JoeHill said...

Wow. I've never read a more duplicitous editorial. Its goal is to stroke the fears of a particular segment of the population, but the attacker shared their own views and racial identity. As nucanuck remarked, it was a right wing Christian fundamentalist high on the xenophobic code word, "freedom."

July 24, 2011 at 3:33 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

Waiting for a correction from the Free Press editorial staff on this one. Turns out it was more OK City than 9/11.

July 24, 2011 at 9:29 a.m.
JoeHill said...

In the decade since the 9/11 attacks on our own country, we have to some degree gotten complacent about standards in journalism. We do so at our peril.

July 24, 2011 at 4:04 p.m.
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