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Giant Blast Hits Government Buildings in Central Oslo

Giant Blast Hits Government Buildings in Central Oslo

 

The New York Times reports that large explosions rocked several government buildings in the center of Norway’s capital, Oslo, just hours ago. †The story is still unfolding, but police have confirmed that the explosion was caused by a bomb, and that the Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg, was not in the building at the time. †At least two people have died and many more were injured. †The rescue operation is still ongoing.

Although Norway is not, at first glance, a logical target for political violence, the country has been grappling with threats of terrorism because of its involvement in the conflicts in Afghanistan and Libya. †Suspicions for the attack are falling on Islamist militants, who have, according to the Independent‘s Jerome Taylor, “long singled out†Norway as a legitimate — if low priority — target.”

Last summer, three Muslim immigrants to Norway were arrested as one “node” in a global terror network. †It’s worth noting that Norwegian newspapers reprinted the offensive cartoons, widely seen to mock the Prophet Muhammad, that originally ran in a Danish paper. †Scandinavian countries, despite their reputation for peacefulness and democratic socialism, also have significant racial tensions as Muslim immigrants seek to assimilate into their homogenous societies.

Oslo’s citizens are still in shock; many report feeling frightened and vulnerable. †According to the BBC, Oslo’s downtown is in “total chaos.”

“Of course, Iím scared, because Norway is such a neutral country,” one Norwegian man, who works on a ferry boat, told the New York Times.

We’ll keep you posted as the rescue operation continues, and investigators discover more about the nature of the attack.

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5:57PM PDT on Jul 25, 2011

Hey, GREEN ROAD with the "Norwegian terrorist version of a extreme right wing Christian Tea Party member" judgment call, why not mischaracterize your neighbors working within the political process and within society?

Better yet, why not do what Anders Behring Breivik did to his fellow Norwegians and start killing a bunch of us? I bet that'll teach us for not thinking just like you!

Violence... perfect for reducing yourself to a fanatic's level. Not that you'd notice or anything.


5:41PM PDT on Jul 24, 2011

This Norwegian terrorist version of a extreme right wing Christian Tea Party member is a warning to everyone around the world.. The terrorists are found not just overseas but right here at home, in our own backyards. The real enemy is not outside, but inside. It is called fear and hatred.

Better focus some energy and time on this 'party' here at home, rather than put all the 1.3 TRILLION per year of money, time and energy overseas hunting the few remaining 'terrorists'.

According to the just retired general in charge, there are only 100 Al Queda terrorists left in the entire country of Afghanistan.

7:30PM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

Prayers and good thoughts to the people of Norway.

3:21PM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

Need more news; but I would not anger the Vikings.

10:56AM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

I saw this on last night's news, and was shocked. Norway, indeed all the Scandinavian countries, seem so peaceful and non-involved in the constant one-ups-man-ship and big dick contests most of the rest of the developed nations seem to take such pleasure in.

Nowhere in the world is safe any more, and we can correctly lay the fault at the feet of organized religion and big money! What better excuse to "pull their teeth," or minimize their power and global influence, by taxing BOTH until they are sent whimpering back into their caves where they belong!!!

8:59AM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

Siusaidh, C. Wayne M. and others in their timeless tolerant non-judgemental, non-prejudicial manner have in the twinkling of an eye, thoroughly investigated, prosecuted and found guilty the perpetrator(s) of this sad affair. How would we manage without their infinite wisdom?

8:12AM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

Another Christo-fascist. Christians, you need to do more against your Right-wing co-religionists.

7:57AM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

A gentle touch
For those who cry
A fervent wish, before
......It is too late
...For no more bloodshed and
Terror on our plates
That the people on our
Embattled planet learn
Right From wrong,
And somehow manage
To get along ♥ KLK

7:28AM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

I notice that people are already laying the blame for these events in Norway at the feet of Islamic people and groups. In fact, the news this morning indicates that the bombing and the attack on the youth camp are related and the person arrested so far is, in fact, a right wing "Christian" fundamentalist.

Before blaming Muslims for every attack of terrorism, perhaps it might be better to get some facts first. In fact, most Muslims and most Christians are peaceful people who believe in live and let live. Unfortunately, we have extremists who use both Islam and Christianity to justify hate and violence.

7:09AM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

Time to break out the knarr and Viking raid the various Arab nations hosting these scumbag sub-human bomb-throwing mujadeen. Use the Varangian aspect if needed. Make those pseudo-Islamic warmongering scheisskopfen learn a new song: 'Allah save us from the wrath of the Northmen!' The intrusion of mujadeen instigators into the Palestine communities and their distortion of reality for purposes of promoting immoral religious war (jihad) must be terminated. Without the mujadeen, the Palestinians could be taught to live among Israeli Jews as citizen peers; with the mujadeen they're diminished and dragged down.

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