Breivik massacre and ‘war on terror’

This video from Norway says about itself:

Arshad Mubarak Ali, a witness to Utoya island shooting, tells Al Jazeera how he managed to survive.

By Susan Garth:

Unanswered questions in Norway terror attack

28 July 2011

It is now almost a week since the fascist atrocity in Norway—the blowing up of government offices in central Oslo, killing eight people, and the cold-blooded murder of 68 young people on the nearby island of Utøya.

This terrorist attack, the most deadly in post-war Norwegian history, has been consistently reported as the work of a crazed gunman who acted alone. The media and politicians are working assiduously to obscure the political motives of the killer, his connections to far-right and fascist organizations, and the political and moral responsibility borne by establishment parties and politicians in Europe and the US who have sought to appropriate the anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim program of the extreme right wing.

This is not an easy task, since the killer, Anders Behring Breivik, announced to the world that he was setting out to destroy the Norwegian Labour Party and kill as many of its officials and members as possible because he associated the party with “Marxist multiculturalism.” In a 1,500-page manifesto posted on the Internet only hours before the attack, Breivik, the son of a former Norwegian diplomat, proclaimed his bloody act to be part of a campaign to purge Muslim influence from Norway and defend “Western civilization.”

His action, he explained, should signal the start of a European civil war and serve as a rallying point for anti-Muslim fanatics. His lawyer, Geir Lippestad said on Tuesday, “He believes this is the start of a war that will go on for 60 years.”

In the rush by the media and political establishment to derail any serious discussion or examination of the facts of the attack and its political implications, a number of glaring anomalies and troubling questions are being passed over in silence.

There is the fact that it took the police 90 minutes to arrive on Otøya, 25 miles from Oslo, after they began receiving desperate telephone calls from Labour Party youth reporting that scores of people were being executed by a gunman. The official story is that no helicopters were available.

If that is true, it only demonstrates the fraud of the so-called “war on terrorism.” Norway has sent troops to Afghanistan and is supporting the US-NATO air war against Libya supposedly because such interventions are necessary to protect the people of Norway and Europe as a whole from the ever-present threat of terrorist attack. But an actual terrorist attack on Norwegian soil—not by an Islamic extremist but by a native-born middle-class Norwegian—immediately exposes the fact that no preparations have been made to protect the population.

Why? Because the Norwegian ruling class and all of its parties—social democratic as well as conservative—understand that the so-called “war on terror” is an elaborate pretext for military aggression abroad on behalf of the imperialist economic and geo-political interests of the financial elite, and an assault on democratic rights at home to prepare for state repression against working class opposition to austerity measures. It has nothing to do with defending the people against external attack.

Why is there such strong anti-immigrant sentiment in the industrialized democracies, and why does it get focused on Muslims? The shooting rampage and bombing by anti-immigrant Islamophobe Anders Breivik has raised these questions to a fever pitch. But the answers are just not obvious: here.

Anders Breivik is evil, not insane, intelligence chiefs said yesterday: here.

Breivik, a ‘pro-Israel’ anti-Semite: here.

Threat Of Right-Wing Extremism In U.S. Debated By Feds, Analysts: here.

A multicultural society that serves people’s needs is the way forward: here.

8 thoughts on “Breivik massacre and ‘war on terror’

  1. Geert Wilders: the oracle tweets

    In the wake of the Norwegian massacre, does Geert Wilders have anything to answer for? That’s the question that’s preoccupying the dailies this morning. Faithful press review readers might have noticed that it was also preoccupying the dailies for the past few days.

    Geert Wilders has hit back at the critics. In an in-depth TV debate or a newspaper column? Not likely. As de Volkskrant points out, Mr Wilders always picks his own way of communicating and leaves his audience wanting more.

    “The strategy works,” a media expert tells the paper. “The scarcity leaves everyone wanting to hear the voice of the oracle.”

    So Mr Wilders stuck to a tweet, says Trouw. “Lefties like Cohen and Dibi are trying to score politically from mass murder. Rancid.” He was referring to Labour Party leader Job Cohen and Green Left MP Tofik Dibi, who have said that, although Mr Wilders can’t be held responsible for the bloodbath, they still think it’s his duty to say more on the matter than a couple of 140-character remarks.

    De Volkskrant and Trouw agree in their editorials. Politicians have become numbed to Mr Wilders’ aggressive tone, says Trouw, and it’s time they started putting their foot down.

    And especially given that some of his supporters on internet forums have been making excuses for Anders Breivik’s killings, Mr Wilders has a duty to watch his words, says de Volkskrant.


  2. FN member defends Norway attacker

    July 27, 2011

    A MEMBER of the Front National has been suspended for defending the work of the Oslo attacker, who killed 76 people on Friday.

    Jacques Coutela, who represented the far-right party in local elections in the Yonne earlier this year, wrote a blog post describing Anders Behring Breivik as “an icon” and a “defender of the west”.

    The post, which has since been deleted, said: “The reason for the Norway terror attacks: fighting the Muslim invasion, that’s what people don’t want you to know.”

    Anti-racism movement MRAP has filed a complaint against Mr Coutela for inciting racial hatred.

    However, FN leader Marine Le Pen has accused MRAP of “taking advantage of a terrible event” to target her party.

    She said: “The Front National of course has nothing to do to the Norwegian slaughter, which is the work of a lone lunatic who must be ruthlessly punished.”

    Another Front National member, Laurent Ozon, posted comments on Twitter this weekend linking the attacks to a rise in immigration in Norway.


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