July 25th, 2011
10:36 AM ET

5 Key Op-eds: Tragedy in Norway

“Inside the Mind of the Oslo Murderer.” Bruce Bawer, Wall Street Journal.

“In bombing those government buildings and hunting down those campers, Breivik was not taking out people randomly. He considered the Labor Party, Norway's dominant party since World War II, responsible for policies that are leading to the Islamization of Europe—and thus guilty of treason. The Oslo bombing was intended to be an execution of the party's current leaders. The massacre at the camp—where young would-be politicians gathered to hear speeches by Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and former Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland—was meant to destroy its next generation of leaders.”

 “Breivik and His Enablers.” Roger Cohen, New York Times.

“Breivik is no loner. His violence was brewed in a specific European environment that shares characteristics with the specific American environment of Loughner: relative economic decline, a jobless recovery, middle-class anxiety and high levels of immigration serving as the backdrop for racist Islamophobia and use of the spurious specter of a “Muslim takeover” as a wedge political issue to channel frustrations rightward.”

“Norway lost its innocence a long time ago.” Martin Sandbu, Financial Times.

“The diabolical coherence of his arguments needs to be studied in order that we are able to refute it and understand why modern, democratic societies – including those, like Norway, which are admired around the world – too often miss the frustrations that gnaw at their edges, and in turn fail to stop those frustrations erupting into violence.”

“Extremism comes in many forms.” Boston Globe.

“Yet, for most of the day Friday, and for some radio and websites throughout Saturday, the need for fast analysis led many to assume that this was the work of Islamic terrorists. The rush to judgment is similar to what occurred after the Oklahoma City bombings, when Middle Eastern-looking men were blamed for the attack that turned out to have been masterminded by Timothy McVeigh.”

“Norway's domestic terrorist.” USA Today.

“Police say Breivik plotted for even longer. His lawyer says his objective was to trigger an anti-Muslim revolution in Norway, which like other parts of Europe has seen an inflow of refugees from war-torn Muslim nations. Still unclear is whether the suspect acted alone.”

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Anonymous P@TRI0T (S3kshuN8)

    I'm just not buying it.
    If his intent was to generate anti-Islamic sentiment, WHY confess this fact ????

    Iit ain't over 'till the fat lady sings...

    July 25, 2011 at 10:56 am | Reply
  2. j. von hettlingen

    Breivik's narcissistic behaviour reminded me much of Seung-Hui Cho, the one responsible for the Viriginia Tech shooting on 16 April 2007. Cho killed himself while Breivik lives and insists to tell the world about his legacy!

    July 25, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Reply
  3. Thomas Mc

    I'm still waiting for Christian leaders to apologize for this horrendous terrorist attack.

    After all, that's what they demanded from Muslim leaders, after 9/11.

    July 27, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Reply

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