Entries Tagged as 'Norway'

Oslo Killer Posted On My Site

July 26th, 2011 at 11:50 am 60 Comments

How did this worldview of war, illness death and destruction arise in my peaceful, seek beloved country of Norway? What is the relationship between a demonizing political debate and violence? Are regulations, laws or a stricter editorial policies part of the solution?

After the excruciating, but ultimately unanswerable, questions that all Norwegians have asked themselves over the last few days about an evil that we cannot understand, these thoughts have plagued my mind since Friday. I have asked myself these questions in part because they are important to us these days. More personally, though, I, as editor of the conservative Norwegian website Minerva, have been forced to confront the fact that Anders Behring Breivik, the mass murderer of my countrymen, has visited our website and posted comments in our forum. Though it was impossible to detect this extremism in his comments at the time, I have often worried about the increasingly aggressive tone that characterizes too many not only in our forum, but everywhere that the multicultural society is debated.

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Text Messages From a Massacre

David Frum July 26th, 2011 at 10:26 am 9 Comments

The BBC reports this haunting exchange between a mother and her 16-year-old daughter on the island of the Norway shooting massacre:

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Is Breivick an Anarchist?

July 25th, 2011 at 11:18 pm 31 Comments

Some in the media have leapt to identifying Anders Breivick’s ideology as “libertarian,” and as a Norwegian branch of the Tea Party. In truth, Breivick should be described as an anarchist. Anarchism is not the same thing as libertarianism. Libertarianism aims to maximize every individual’s potential for advancement, mainly (but not exclusively) through economic success. Anarchism, by contrast, is a purely anti-nomian impulse fueled by a wish to destroy the existing order.

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Norwegian Bomber Strived to be a White Supremacist Martyr

July 25th, 2011 at 2:28 pm 7 Comments

In the National Post, Jon Kay claims that Anders Behring Breivick, the 32-year-old Norwegian bomber, copied much of his manifesto from the provocative 1978 novel, The Turner Diaries, which was written by a white supremacist promoting the extermination of Jews and non-whites. Breivik’s approach is also described as resembling that of Islamic terrorists:

“To read The Turner Diaries is to understand that the worldly beliefs of right-wing terrorists such as Breivick are not nearly so different from Islamic terrorists as some might believe. Members of both groups imagine themselves to be “martyrs” fulfilling some ordained and holy purpose, for which civilization will one day thank them. (In his manifesto, Breivick repeatedly references his upcoming “martyrdom.”)

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Norway and the Global War on Terror

David Frum July 23rd, 2011 at 9:49 am 147 Comments

The terrible crime in Norway appears confirmed as the vicious work of a Norwegian possessed by some form of far-right politics. Thus far, viagra the killer is reported to have acted alone, although it cannot be excluded that he belong to some small crazed local group.

As we grieve for the heart-rending losses of the families and people of Norway, it seems this crime was not the work of an international Islamist terror network.

That fact surprised many media commentators, who immediately guessed that Islamists must be to blame.

Those guesses proved wrong, not because Islamists have ceased to wish harm to the West, but because Islamists have lost almost all their ability to coordinate large-scale attacks upon Western countries.

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A Bomb in Norway

David Frum July 22nd, 2011 at 10:09 am 9 Comments

Thoughts go out to my many Norwegian friends from the annual delegation to Washington of politicians, civil servants, business leades and academics. Let’s hope this terrible apparent crime touches Oslo as lightly as mercy allows …

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