If you’re keeping score (the game), some Norwegian asshole (or two) have unceremoniously waxed a bunch of random innocent Norwegian people with bombs and bullets and for some reason everyone though it was muslims at first. HEYOOOOOOOOOOOO.
National police chief Sveinung Sponheim told NRK that the suspect’s Internet postings “suggest that he has some political traits directed toward the right, and anti-Muslim views, but if that was a motivation for the actual act remains to be seen.’’
Though the motive was unclear, both attacks were in areas connected to the ruling Labor Party government. The youth camp, about 20 miles northwest of Oslo, is organized by the party’s youth wing, and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg had been scheduled to speak there today.
Someone please clue me into what the fuck is going on in Norway. Feel free to elucidate this matter in the comments.
Conspiracy theorists: I’ve already heard the one about the Mossad.
Update: Someone at the Associated Press is a total fucking retard, that is all:
Additional update: The media is now fully backpeddling from calling this what it truly is: terrorism. Why? Because in the eyes of the Western media, white people aren’t terrorists. Glenn Greenwald at Salon explains it perfectly:
the incestuous, self-regarding network of self-proclaimed U.S. Terrorism and foreign policy “experts” — what the article accurately describes as “almost always white men and very often with military or government backgrounds,” in this instance driven by “a case of an elite fanboy wanting to be the first to pass on leaked gadget specs” — who so often shape these media stories and are uncritically presented as experts, even though they’re drowning in bias, nationalism, ignorance, and shallow credentialism.
Fact: you don’t need credentials to point out that white people (even mostly harmless and peaceful Norwegians) can bring forth unthinkable extreme terrorist acts in the name of whatever agenda. Nor do you need a fancy title to utterly dismiss terrorism as having any valid tactical merit in an age where everyone is already being terrified by out-of-touch governments to the point they are reassessing the need for those fears altogether.
Picking the jaw up from the floor update: Police are saying that Anders Behring Breivik, expected to be charged with killing 94 people, will face just 21 years in prison. Less if he behaves.
I’m sure Norway is on to something with the less of the jailing and more of the rehabilitating — but come on, this is really a slap on the wrist. I think when someone starts killing in the double digits it’s perfectly reasonable to expect that person will be kept away from the rest of society for the duration of their lives.