He is a 32 year old Norwegian man. He identifies himself as a christian conservative. However being christian conservative is not exactly the same as in the US.
I've seen some of his internet postings, he was very active online. It's all very quasi intellectual and anti-muslim, anti-socialist.
It all makes sense to me now.
There's national holiday time so there's not that many people around the city. The death toll from the bomb would have been huge if it was a normal weekday.
Still, the bomb was an attack on state power, on the institutions themselves. Then he went to Ut°ya Island, which is one hour away. It corresponds pretty well with the time. Ut°ya is an annual convention for the labour party youth, and is seen as a must-go place if you're ambitious within the labour party. It's almost like a political factory. They have fun, games and seminars etc, but mostly it's about networking.
He dressed as a police officer, gained access to the island and called people to gather around him. Then he opened fire. And he kept firing for at least an hour. 700 people were there, mostly 14-18 year olds. He was cheering and hooting while he was shooting people. It was obviously an attack on the political left, right at the heart of their power structure. It is fashionable for right-wingers in this country to blame the labour party for the influx of muslim immigrants.
The police responded impressively quickly, considering their attention was diverted to the city. A special police squad went out there by helicopter and managed to somehow apprehend him unharmed.
The latest info is that he was a member of the far-right Progress Party. They arent nazis, but when i say far right in Norway, i mean something like a normal Republican or blue dog Democrat. They are anti-state, anti-left and anti-muslim. But they love to spend state money on defense and police. Sound familliar?
The death toll so far stands at 91.
Norwegian PM yesterday: "Our answer to violence is even more transparency, more democracy".
Must immediately call for the invasion of every muslim country in the world (except Bahrain), India, China, most of south-east and central Asia, quite a bit of Africa, the carribean and a couple of central American countries.
The womens rights argument is the final straw the pro-war people are clinging on to, like most of them could give a rat┤s ass about womens rights anywhere.
I think the way women are treated around the world is absolutely dreadful, and i think that women┤s rights is something that is rarely brought up, if ever, at the highest levels of intergovernmental dialogue. I would genuinely like to see Obama and other heads of state press other leaders on this issue.
But to now, after all these years of wasting lives and money, we are supposed to be in Afghanistan to help women? What about the women in Syria? Saudi Arabia? India? The fact is that most countries in the world who arent western democracies have institutionalized the abuse of women. Adam Jones called it "Gendercide" in his book on Genocide. And this is something that has to be worked on.
But i wonder how long the Pentagon estimates that western troops will have to be in Afghanistan, if the goal is to change the institutionalzed abuse of women in this highly religious, poorly educated tribal society.
Anyone wanna guess?
"The Great Nobel Battle
By Harald Stanghelle
Like no other politician this decade, Barack Obama has used hope as a political driving force and as a foundation for mobilization."
I am a translator for Watching America, this is my latest translation of an op-ed from a prominent Norwegian newspaper.
ok, that's enough Nobel stuff
About 100.000 people are marching through Copenhagen and converging at the conference hall right now. Unfortunately most of the tabloid media are only interested in the 40-50 people arrested while the message of the other 99.950 people does not seem to matter much. This is from the same media who totally ignored an anti-war protest while Obama were in Oslo.
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