Residents were stunned by the blast and the possibility that their placid city, which hosts the annual ceremony awarding the Nobel Peace Prize, had become the target of a large terrorist attack.A jihadist group is thought to be responsible for the bombing.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, but Norway has been singled out as a target by Al Qaeda.
Almost exactly a year ago, three foreign-born Norwegian residents suspected of being affiliated with Al Qaeda were arrested on suspicion of plotting an attack.
Last week, Mullah Krekar, an Iraqi-born cleric who lives in Norway, was charged with terrorism after allegedly threatening politicians with death if Norwegian authorities deport him. Krekar is the founder of the militant Kurdish Islamist group Ansar Al Islam.
In 2003, an audiotape by Ayman Zawahiri, who succeeded Osama bin Laden as leader of Al Qaeda after his death in May, urged militants to attack the U.S., Britain, Australia and Norway.
Many Norwegians were puzzled at the inclusion of their country on the list; explanations centered on Norway's participation in the war in Afghanistan.
Norway, like many other European countries, has a problem with their growing Muslim population.
"It's hard to be a Norwegian in Norway." The Norwegians, as the Swedes and other EU member states, have been embarking on a 'hara kiri' self inflicted cultural-ethnic suicide of their own country.Via Michelle Malkin, Muslims in Norway have taken it upon themselves to enforce their beliefs on others in a culturally diverse neighborhood of Oslo:
One of Oslo’s most multi-cultural neighborhoods, Grønland, has suddenly emerged as an area far from the ideals of cultural and religious tolerance. Many immigrants claim it’s “more Muslim” than the countries they left, and newspaper Aftenposten reports that both they and others face harassment on the streets if they don’t conform to a code of conduct that some stricter Muslims try to impose.The leftist policy of multiculturalism is backfiring spectacularly. Not only is it not having the desired effect (i.e. a society where a mosaic of cultures can coexist peacefully), but the native culture is being enveloped by the oppressive, misogynistic, homophobic culture of Islam. The fact is that Sharia-law compliant Islam is not compatible with any other culture, ideology, or belief system. That fact is a dangerous one to ignore. We, in the Western world, cannot be blinded by our desire to be open-minded and by our love of diversity, because doing so has proven to be deadly.
Hopefully some good can come out of this terror attack. Hopefully, this serves as a wake-up call to those who do not realize the threat that Islam poses to the West. However, something tells me that it won't.
UPDATE: Nine or ten people were shot and killed by a gunman at a summer camp on the island of Utøya outside Oslo. The total death toll of both incidents seems to be rising.
Also, it hasn't been confirmed that a jihadist group is responsible for this attack.
UPDATE: It has become evident that the bomber was a 32-year old Norwegian (i.e. ethnically Norwegian) man:
After the shooting, the police seized a 32-year-old Norwegian man on the island, according to the police and Justice Minister Knut Storberget. The acting chief of police, Sveinung Sponheim, said the suspect, who is not known to have any ties to Islamic extremists, had also been seen in Oslo before the explosions. The police and other authorities declined to say what the suspect’s motivations might have been, but many speculated that the target was Mr. Stoltenberg’s liberal government.I rescind all comments I made about the connection between jihadists and this attack. However, I stand by everything else I said about Sharia-compliant Islam. Perhaps this attack cannot serve as the wake-up call I was hoping it would serve as, but, at the very least, hopefully this incident will spread awareness of Sharia reaching into Western society. It shouldn't take an unfortunate incident such as this terrorist attack to raise awareness about the danger Islam poses, but it appears that Islam has nothing to do with this attack.
Something I neglected to mention in my original post was that the bomb explosion occurred in a government building in central Oslo. This government building is the location of the Norwegian Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg, who belongs to the Norwegian Labor Party. Also, the sumper camp on the island of Utøya was affiliated with the Norwegian Labor Party. And, I will point out the word "liberal" is usually reserved for a small-government (economically right and socially left) ideology in Europe. The Labor Party is not liberal in the European sense, but rather socialist. Stoltenberg's government consists of a coalition between the Labor Party, the further left Socialist Left Party, and the centrist Centre Party.
UPDATE: There have now been at least 87 confirmed deaths as a result of the attacks in Norway. At least 80 people died as a result of the shooting spree on the island of Utøya and 7 people died as a result of the bomb in central Oslo. The shooter is reported to have ties to right-wing extremists.