As far as I can tell, there are numerous strikes, which is almost certainly an act of war by Islamic terrorists, a possibility which of course is completely ignored or evaded by all Western states and the press. It appears that a gunman has attacked an island children’s summer camp, which apparently is the site of the Prime Minister’s speech scheduled for tomorrow, and bombs have exploded near or at the Prime Minister’s office and the nation’s oil ministry. Oslo’s downtown government center is heavily damaged and children are reportedly swimming away from the camp island and hiding in bushes. Several people have been killed in the children’s camp strike.
One Norwegian told a reporter: “We are the good guys; stuff like this doesn’t happen to us.” If I’m right that the attack is a jihadist act of war, “stuff like this” happens because you are good. The world is at war and has been for a long, long time and, whatever the facts of this attack’s origins, the war is between the jihadists and the West. America and the West, which have done nothing but appease the enemy and praise its professed philosophy, are in denial of reality. What’s happening in Norway today is another example.
[7/22 update: according to Norwegian national broadcaster NRK, an apparent suspect identified as 32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik has been arrested. The New York Times, which had linked the attack to a claim of responsibility by a jihadist group in an earlier report, describes the suspect as a "right-wing extremist". Check back for updates.]
[7/23 update: From an Associated Press report by Bjoern Amland and Louise Nordstrom within the past hour: "Authorities say [the suspect] posted on Christian fundamentalist websites and reportedly held right-wing, anti-Muslim views. He was also once a member of the youth wing of a rightist party…[Norwegian] Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere told reporters that the attacks, believed to be the work of a man who has posted on Christian fundamentalist websites, showed you can’t jump to conclusions about terror acts.” In this post, I did come to the conclusion that Islamic terrorists probably committed this heinous act, a risk one takes when posting about breaking news, and I still think the preponderance of available information when I wrote this leads to that same conclusion and that Islamic fundamentalists, and states such as Iran that sponsor them, pose the gravest threat to civilization. I should have added that Christian, or any other religious, fundamentalists pose the same risk to civilized man. Both are examples of irrational, faith-based fanaticism and irrationalism, whether the dogma is Islam, Judeo-Christianity, or some other faith, is spreading. The point of my comments is that it must be opposed, not sanctioned or appeased, and countered with reason.]
[7/24 update: According to this report by ABC News, part of the 1,500-page manifesto reportedly posted online by Anders Behring Breivik, the suspected attacker in the worst siege on Norway since World War 2, addresses, and later apparently rejects, the possibility of collaborating with Islamic jihadists. ABC News reports that, in his manifesto, Breivik wrote: "An Islamic Caliphate is a useful enemy to all Europeans as it will ensure European unity under Christian cultural conservative leadership...Hamas and several Jihadi groups have labs and they have the potential to provide [substances such as anthrax]. Their problem is finding suitable martyrs who can pass ‘screenings’ in Western Europe. This is where we come in.” He adds that “cultural conservatives” in Europe would carry out the attack, possibly in England, adding that, under such a plan, “Both groups win if the attacks are successful.”]