FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2011
Terrorist Bomb Attack in Oslo, Norway ... Who Dunnit?
As everyone knows by now, there has been a horrific bomb attack in the center of Oslo, Norway:
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims.
Norway is an odd choice as a Muslim terror target:
- Norway has excluded Isareli investments. As Haaertz reported last year:
Norway’s 450 billion euro oil-riches fund has excluded two Israeli firms involved in developing settlements ... on ethical grounds, Norway’s finance ministry said on Monday.
- Indeed, Senator Lieberman has accused Norway of promoting anti-semitism
- Norway has also announced its plan to withdraw from the Libyan war
In addition, as Business Insider notes:
The other big possibility, touted by some on Twitter, is that the attack could have come from the Norwegian right. The Norwegian far right were once a feared proposition but have been relatively mellow in recent years due to the success of populist success of the Progress Party.
The Telegraph reports:Meanwhile a gunman dressed as a policeman started shooting at a Labour youth camp on the island of Utoeya.Unconfirmed reports say several people have been killed. The gunman has been arrested.
Hours later there was an summer camp youth conference of the ruling Labour Party, which is being attended by current Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. The conference is taking place on the island of Utøya. The man apparently infiltrated the conference on the pretence that he had been sent by the police as a security measure in the wake of the Oslo explosions. As such, it is likely he was ethnically Norwegian. This could indicate the involvement of a far-right group rather than an Islamist group ...But see this.
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