Friday, July 22, 2011
As everyone knows by now, there has been a horrific bomb attack in the center of Oslo, Norway and a shooting spree in a Norwegian summer camp:
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
- The summer camp where the shootings took place had just concluded a pro-Palestinian rally the day before
This is hardly the profile of a normal Muslim terrorist target. Therefore, many are alleging that it is another false flag terror attack.
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.
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.
The Telegraph reports:
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 ...MSNBC notes:
Police say the gunman is a 32-year-old Norwegian.
Witnesses described the suspect as "blond" and "Nordic-looking." Late Friday, Knut Storberegt, Norway's royal minister of justice and the police, confirmed that he is a Norwegian; the BBC, citing police, said he was from Utoya. Police said he is also believed to have been involved in the bombing that killed seven people earlier in the day in Oslo, about 25 miles away.
Magnus Ranstorp, a specialist in militant Islamic movements and research director at the Center for Asymmetric Threat Studies at the Swedish National Defense College, cautioned that widespread assumptions that the attacks were connected to international terrorism could be wrong.
The description of the suspect and his possible involvement in bombing national government offices "point to an internal rather than external extremist," Ranstorp told Nettavisen.