Update on top:
Spent most of the day with an elderly friend and came home to find out two things.
1. 80 kids were shot in Norway 80, that’s about as bad as it gets.
2. For once it wasn’t an Islamic terrorist, in fact it looks very much like an Ultra Nationalist.
Looks like I committed the Bill Sparkman error in reverse, It was of course a logical conclusion to believe Radical Islam had committed this attack as they are involved in the vast majority of such attacks worldwide, but vast majority by its very definition means that there is a small minority where they are not involved.
It’s an important lesson, as we might well remember, our German friends and those who collaborated with them in the 30’s and 40th didn’t need a belief in radical Islam to slaughter millions.
Now am I sorry for getting it wrong? Yup, as I said, I jumped the gun and I should have known better. Am I sorry for suspecting radical Islam, nope, Radical Islam has a long track record in these matters. Consider this quote it speaks volumes: emphasis mine
Then the police announced that they had arrested a 32-year-old suspect who, they emphasized with what seemed like relief or even joy, was a tall, blond ethnic Norwegian (one police spokesman even called him an “ethnic Norwegian Norwegian,” a turn of phrase that Norwegians would describe as “smør på flesk” – i.e., putting butter on bacon, or, as we’d say in English, gilding the lily). They insisted that the suspect (although they described him not as a suspect but as a “perpetrator”) had no connection to a terrorist group, though when asked about other connections he might have, they seemed to dodge the question.
Now tell me why did the police emphasize with relief and joy that the suspect was not Islamic? Does it make the horrible murder of 80 children more palatable? Does it make the destruction in Oslo any less severe or horrible?
No what it does is it allow them to kick the can down the road on an actual problem that they are still going to have to deal with and would rather not.
If it turns out that this guy is specifically Anti-Islamist as well and targeted his political foes because they were weak on the subject then he is evil AND stupid. Like Scott Roeder (the murderer of abortionist George Tiller) he not only forgets that an evil act does not justify another evil act but by his actions he gives support and cover to the very evil he opposes.
I’m putting this above the post because since I was wrong I want to lead with the correct info and I’ll leave the stuff I already wrote below the fold. It’s important not to throw mistakes down the memory hole as it is unseemly, but it will be a good reminder to me to look before I leap.
Once again sorry to get it wrong. That’s my bad. (I will be putting this up as it’s own post later to emphasize it.
after all just because it fits the pattern of every other Islamic attack we’ve seen lately, and just because an Islamic cleric was charged with making death threats against Norwegian politicians that doesn’t mean that this has anything to do with Islam.
The modern Western civilisation based on:
science, secularity, democracy, equal worth, equality, pluralism and freedom
is gradually giving way to forces representing the opposite.
The changes are applauded by the cultural relativists of the political elite,
and academia and journalists, recruited from a one-sided radical environment.
But that’s no reason to think that is an issue. We enlightened ones know it is likely the Flemish menace
and if you don’t agree, you’re a racist!
Update: Lets see what some people are saying:
Michelle Malkin puts a question mark next to terror attack but still gets attacked:
You’ll love the reaction I got on Twitter from the experts at The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) when I pointed out the story about Mullah Krekar.
that’s the story I mentioned above.
Gateway Pundit has photos and makes this suggestion:
The blasts may have to do with the Muhammad cartoons.
I disagree, I’d say it more of the stuff we see actually in Norway.
Weasel Zippers spots an interesting twist:
Update at 10:14 a.m. ET: Although the source of the blast is unclear, Al-Jazeera TV notes that Norwegian prosecutors on Tuesday filed a terrorism charge against Mullah Krekar, founder of the Kurdish Islamist group Ansar al-Islam.
Waiting for John Hopkins to condemn Al-Jazeera as jumping to conclusions.
TPM has little to say in terms of speculation but finds a purported eyewitness on twitter
Strangely Think Progress, known for jumping to conclusions to blame the right is playing this totally straight but there is a classic exchange in comments:
Because we know the IRA has been very active lately, particularly in Norway and the IRA was all about radical priests urging them to kill in the name of Catholicism.
Hotair has coverage from Aftenposten:
Whatever it was, it was big. NRK picks up on the Aftenposten report to say that there may be more bombs in the building
Update 2: The Atlantic was talking Norway as a target before:
It’s natural to wonder whether al-Qaeda, the world’s most famous terrorist organization, might have been involved. But why would the group target Norwegian government infrastructure? Last year, after several immigrants to Norway were arrested plotting terrorist attacks on behalf of al-Qaeda, Thomas Hegghammer and Dominic Tierney wrote “Why Does Al-Qaeda Have a Problem With Norway?” for TheAtlantic.com. Here are some snippets:
No word on if they have an article about what the Flemish Menace or the IRA has against Norway too.
Early reports on these kinds of events are always confusing. We await more details to clarify the story. But this is almost certainly the result of terrorism because — as Drew notes at AOSHQ — Oslo doesn’t have a natural gas system, which would be the only other obvious explanation for such an explosion.
Update 3: The BBC has a live feed here.
Update 4: NYT
A terror group, Ansar al-Jihad al-Alami, or the Helpers of the Global Jihad, issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack, according to Will McCants, a terrorism analyst at C.N.A., a research institute that studies terrorism. The message said the attack was a response to Norwegian forces’ presence in Afghanistan and to unspecified insults to the Prophet Muhammad. “We have warned since the Stockholm raid of more operations,” the group said, according to Mr. McCants’ translation, apparently referring to a bombing in Sweden in December 2010. “What you see is only the beginning, and there is more to come.”
But the Times, good liberals that they are, aren’t going to be fooled that easily:
It is not uncommon for terrorist groups to advance claims of responsibility for high-profile attacks, only to have the claims prove to be spurious.
If the claim can’t be confirmed and if such claims are spurious, why report it?