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The Local · 23 Jul 2011, 11:55

Published: 23 Jul 2011 11:55 GMT+02:00

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Wulff said in the message that he was horrified and shocked when he heard of the attacks. "I would like to express to you, also in the name of my compatriots, my deeply felt sympathies," the message said. "Germany and the Germans will stand firmly by your side in this dark hour."

Chancellor Angela Merkel said, "The Norwegian government and the Norwegian people should know that the German government and the Germans stand by their side in solidarity."

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle echoed Merkel's sentiments on Friday evening, shortly after arriving back in Berlin from a trip to Afghanistan. He also sharply condemned the attacks. "There is no justification for these barbaric acts," he said. "These attacks show that we in Europe also have to be vigilant against terrorism and terrorist attacks."

A car bomb was set off in the government quarter of Oslo on Friday afternoon, killing seven people and injuring at least 15 more. According to Norwegian police, one to two hours later, a man opened fire on a youth camp on Utøya, an island to the north of the capital which was hosting a youth camp by Norway's ruling Labour Party. At least 80 are thought to have been killed there.

A 32-year-old has been arrested in connection with both attacks. Norwegian state broadcasters have identified him as Anders Behring Breivik. Media reports suggest that the suspect had no direct connection with terrorist organizations.

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The German Foreign Ministry is also advising German tourists in Norway to avoid Oslo's city centre, and to exercise caution.

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10:19 July 23, 2011 by safinland
The suspect Anders Behring Breivik (born 13 February 1979[ is a Norwegian citizen, who is characterized by officials as being a conservative right-wing extremist.

Breivik studied at the Oslo Commerce School, and is described by newspaper Verdens Gang as Conservative and nationalist.

11:09 July 23, 2011 by marimay
Stupid Christian terrorists! Ugh! I guess this means I have to hate all Christians now. That's how it works, right?
12:03 July 23, 2011 by Englishted

Yes that is how it works ,it does not matter which of the stupid religions you are dumb enough to follow.

Not many terrorist acts are carried out by non believers , about time we all followed that path.

How sad a story this is Norway is a peace loving country and does not deserve this.
12:16 July 23, 2011 by Celeon
@ marimay

Well, after 9/11 it worked with islam right away.
12:25 July 23, 2011 by frenky
@ Marimay

yes Right....
12:58 July 23, 2011 by Hop44b
People stop getting on about what religon someone is. It doesn't matter. This guy is not right in the head period. What should matter is how he was able to do get his hands on weapons if Norway has strict gun laws.

This is also a good case to have the death penalty. People who commit crimes against humanity, and this what he did, should be put to death. Not sit in jail until he dies. He took the innocent lives of children.

Why did he target kids? Because he is not right in the head. He deserves a slow and painful death for what he did. I know some people will not like this comment. Thats ok. All I ask is to respect my opinion.
13:58 July 23, 2011 by ND1000
Dont drag religion into this Englishted until you can prove he was a fundamentalist and killed for religious reasons. Besides plenty have died at the hands of atheists. Ever hear of communism? The way it looks now is he was just a nutter.
14:26 July 23, 2011 by Kennneth Ingle
Many people call themselves Christians, many others say they are Jews. Both religions however condemn the killing of other human-beings. Nevertheless, we have seen how many Roman-Catholics in Poland, preceding and following WW2, in Ireland during the anti protestant uprisings, as well Jews in Palestine before and after the state of Israel was founded, were ready to kill for nationalistic reasons.

Nationalism would therefore seem to be part, but not all of this problem. Why should any sane person wish to kill people who he does not know, and who have done no harm?

Conceivably suppressed fear is one reason. Fear can lead to hate and hate has no rational limitation.

Where people of various cultures are forced to live within restricted areas, fear can grow rapidly. This can be seen where gangs, in parts of the USA, in many towns of Britain and quite a few in Germany, roam the streets at night causing anxiety and mistrust within the native population.

Sadly, what has happened in Oslo could happen in your street next week. It is something which our politicians have turned a blind eye to, or even worse, deliberately ignored.
16:19 July 23, 2011 by Slimtots
Thank you ND1000! You've saved me the reply :-)
17:19 July 23, 2011 by MrOlsen
@ Hop44b:

I'm Norwegian, and I'm glad it is not people like you running my country. I would be more afraid of the goverement, than of these few crazy people, if death penalty was introduced in Norway.

I agree with you that Breivik is not right in his head. But the attack is based on his beliefs. It seems to be well prepared (for months or years), and the motive seems to be political, nationalistic and racist. He also defines himself as a conservative christian and have expressed his view for a long time through essays and comments online, beeing for example pro Israel and against Islam.

He has also called the members of the labour party youth (which he now killed) for "Stoltenberg Jugend", and Gro Harlem Brundtland, previous prime minister, for "murderer". You can read all about this in norwegian media, and i'm sure the english speaking media should be on this by now as well.

Of course I don't defend him in any way. I am very sad, and just as disgusted and schocked as everybody else. And this is a big trauma for my country. But this is an explaination why just these kids were targeted, and your "He deserves a slow and painful death for what he did"-comment is based on your primitive feelings rather than facts.

You continue: "I know some people will not like this comment. Thats ok. All I ask is to respect my opinion."

I must admit I have proplems respecting your opinion, which I find just as sick as what Breivik was capable of doing to these kids yesterday. And if this is a common way of thinking in the country you are from, I am happy my kids are not growing up there.

Blood revenge was very popular in Norway during the viking age, but luckily that's 1000 years ago, and we moved on since then.
19:10 July 23, 2011 by Englishted

Look at comment number two,then tell me I was the one who dragged it up.
02:28 July 24, 2011 by mshameemahmed
Terrorists does not have any religion !!! So, Stop blaming or pointing on any religion(Christianity or Islam or whatever). But whatever happen in Oslo or such kind of act any where in world, it should be condem !!!

Responsible person should be given hard punishment and We(humans) should stand together to support Oslo.
09:40 July 24, 2011 by heyheyhey
@Englishted..just shut your worthless mouth for a change, will you?

People get sick of your posts.
10:43 July 24, 2011 by Sastry.M
: @Mr.Olsen Quite impressed with your dignified comment. Silence is safer than an acknowledgement of vehement sympathy. Seen from geographical contours Norway looks like an umbrella holding her people under the shade of peace and prosperity and withholding all outside human negativity. Apart from the shock of physical destruction and inhuman act of killing children the most distressing consequence is the ripple of waves unsettling all peace loving Norwegians with a surprise of unimagined dimension. Breaking the CPU of a computer does not erase the WWW. The Govt. should thoroughly investigate the cause of crime from all human angles unhampered by external threats and unperturbed by internal pressures. To this end the Norwegian people should cooperate in all investigations with great alacrity and secrecy required of national safety to definitely establish the cause of crime perpetrated against the best peace loving people on earth.
11:04 July 24, 2011 by Johnne

Thank you for your comment. You see, some people are very good at shifting from the main issue. This guy is a terrorist period! this should tell us that right-wing extremist ideology are as terrible as Al qaeda´s. I sympathize with the Norwagian people. And I think a lot have to be done in Europe in educating our white brothers and sisters that we all belong to the same world & there´s no need to fear black people, or muslims, or Asians just because we´re here...

If that was how Africans are so fearful & racist, there won´t be any white person in Africa today (due to what the whites did during slavery & colonization). If you look at history, you´ll find out that "fear" as been the problem of our white brothers & sisters from the world go. And this fear ´s led to hate, enviniess & psycological insecurity. Now this young people, whom are to be the future leaders of this soceites are so afraid of some few coloured people in their countries that they now result in terror on their own people/on their own soil.I urge people here to start teaching their children what is real. And that today´s world is a globalised one, and infact if their fore fathers didn´t go to Africa,America & Asia to exploit and colonize/enslave, there won´t so many coloured people that have been settled in their countries for generations. And these people including my own family, are gonna be around for a very long time.
11:26 July 24, 2011 by ECSNatale
It's truly interesting to read the posts here. Everyone is right and wrong all in the same sentences. To say that terrorism is not religious is to deny the reality of a large part of terrorist actions in the world today. To Muslims, I am sorry if there are those among your religion who use violence in your name, but to deny that they do so is to deny the truth. You can take out the word Muslim above and insert all the other religions, too.

Obviously, not all terrorism is religious based, but much of it is.

It seems, that nationalism, politics, and xenophobia have their place in this terrible attack as opposed to religion. But what concerns me as a world citizen is how quick people were to jump to blame a single group based on this man's actions before there was any proof whatsoever. That is not religion's fault... it human nature's.

Personally, I dislike religion as a way over riding force in one's life over reason, rationality, and science. But it is part of our human journey. It would be nice, however, if believers would embrace to idea of being kind to everyone... and not just the followers of their own beliefs.

As for the monster who committed this heinous attack, it is not unnatural to want to see him suffer. To our friend here from Norway... I agree with you that blood lust revenge is not something to promote and I also agree that the death penalty is barbaric.. yet sometimes, certain crimes earn a degree of barbarity in their reprisals.

Justice would be to put this man in a room with the families of those murdered and then to erase every single mention of his name. If he wanted infamy, we should give him obscurity.
11:55 July 24, 2011 by Englishted

Good comment as have many on this sad subject.


Please your sharp incisive grasp of the situation leaves me agog,how can I compete with such a highly refined wit.
12:10 July 24, 2011 by thepeacelover
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12:42 July 24, 2011 by GolfAlphaYankee
WAW comments like those of thepeacelover #18 are frittering:

a man kills more than 90 innocent people and he finds a way to put the blame on the socialist government and immigration policy !

people like Breivik are not alone ....

this is the exact rational among many Islamic fundamentalists : they grew more and more frustrated with there society/government and when they come to the conclusion that they can't prevail by peaceful means they turned against there own people....

Osama Ben Laden was different in his rational because he directed his ire towards western countries who he blame for supporting corrupted Arab governments and Israel.

to see some right wing Europeans go that same road is sad ! sad and frittering

@ECSNatale: about this whole religion/non religion thing:

when people say that it's not Islam/Christianity and Islam/Christianity are peaceful religions... they are not trying to deny the nature of the terrorist acts they are saying that It is not THERE religion and not THERE believes ..... it's people who give meaning to words and not the other way around.
15:18 July 24, 2011 by michael4096
@ thepeacelover - immigrants and immigration policy are just an excuse for this guy

If there were no immigrants, he would have taken exception to some other issue. He was the problem, not government policy, and the Norwegian government is quite correct stressing that at the moment.
15:25 July 24, 2011 by thepeacelover
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16:33 July 24, 2011 by harcourt
Englishted. Both you and I have been on the receiving end of witty, intellectual abuse from the pen of "heyheyhey". If we started a club it would probably get a high membership !!
21:44 July 24, 2011 by MrOlsen
Eirik Bergesen, Norwegian diplomat, published this text today, and i think it sums up pretty well how Norway deals with this horrible event.


Some excerpt:

"Surprising for many, even the media have kept their cool. While foreign media erupted in Islamic terror speculation (The Sun had "Al Qaida attack" on their front page, even News York Times elaborated lengthy on these suspicions). Norwegian media, in most part, waited patiently for all the pieces to emerge. In social media, people are taking responsibility, calling for everyone to pause and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds."

"Anti-Islam extremism has just proven a deadlier threat to Norwegian society that Islam extremism. As someone wrote on Twitter: "Seems we have more to fear from the fear of multiculturalism, than from multiculturalism itself."
22:41 July 24, 2011 by thepeacelover
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23:08 July 24, 2011 by ChrisRea
Hat off to Norwegians for how they reacted to this terrorist attack!
11:24 July 25, 2011 by michael4096
"..it was the norwegian government immigration policy that triggered this.."

"So many fools that think they are the philosophers in this forum"

- not so many, but at least one
12:07 July 25, 2011 by thepeacelover
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12:23 July 25, 2011 by agarwaen
To all that said religion has nothing to do with it:

The guy said (wrote, in his manifesto) that he saw himself as a Christian crusader fighting a holy war against muslims. Could this even *be* more about religion?


you 're comparing apples and oranges. There has never been any known case of an atheist terrorist, killing people because of their religious beliefs. Communist governments (Russia, China) were/are essentially common dictatorships that oppressed and killed people to solidify their rule, govern through fear, and remain in power. They killed dissidents regardless of their religious beliefs, even if someone ratted out someone else as an anti-revolutionary (e.g. he badmouthed the local cop, or said something bad about the government) he was sent to labor camps. *One* of the ways to badmouth the rulling party was to say that you oppose atheism, since it was one of the party's positions.
15:20 July 25, 2011 by Englishted

Yes sharp as a knife through concrete is heyheyhey.

We in the club together.
20:24 July 25, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
Englishted - "Not many terrorist acts are carried out by non believers , about time we all followed that path."

Obviously, it isn't the fault of the religion these people choose to follow, but their unstable mind-set and their ludicrous interpretations of that religious doctrine. Insane people will always find a justification to be violent, and religion is a good excuse for terrorists. Does that mean we should stop believing altogether? Also, the book "Catcher in the Rye" was another favorite justification for killing innocent people. Does that mean we should stop reading it?
12:48 July 26, 2011 by Englishted
@Jack Kerouac

Sorry I must disagree ,most world religions over forgiveness for these acts,some encourage them.But all of them promise a better next life to "true" believers .

When we think there is no next life we may try to make the most of this one, I did say "may " there are always some "bad eggs".

On a lighter note I have read "catcher in the rye" ,after it I could understand people being driven to suicide .Yes I recommend we stop reading it ,along with a few "good books" you know what I mean.
15:33 July 30, 2011 by Bruno53
That's nice. Considering that 70 years ago, Nazi Wehrmacht made a "nice visit" to Norway, and not for Winter vacation.
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