Right Wing Extremism More Likely in Norway Attacks
by Charles Lemos, Fri Jul 22, 2011 at 05:43:26 PM EDT
While a jihadist group called Ansar al-Jihad al Alam has claimed responsibility for the twin attacks today in Norway that included a powerful car bomb in Oslo's city centre that ripped apart several blocks of government office buildings followed by an attack on a youth jamboree in nearby Utøya of Norway's governing leftist Labour party, Norwegian police do not believe that international terrorism lies behind today's carnage. Indeed, Knut Storberget, the Norwegian justice minister, has confirmed at a news conference that the suspect arrested today at the youth camp in Utøya was a Norwegian.
It is telling and shameful to see much of the media and the blogosphere jump to conclusions. While we should not discount the threat from Islamist groups, the specter of right wing violence is just as much a threat to Western civilization. Back in February of this year, Janne Kristiansen, the head of Norway's state police intelligence unit PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste), warned that neo-nazism and right wing extremism were on the rise in Norway. It should not thus surprise if today's twin attacks are tied to right-wing extremism.
Full coverage at The Guardian.