A missile from what witnesses described as an unmanned aerial vehicle left dozens of people dead and countless more injured in Pakistan’s volatile tribal region this morning, a deadly strike that experts say shows all the classic signs of Islamic terrorism.
Charles Davis’ excellent spoof of the media’s knee-jerk reaction to blame Muslims for any and all terrorist attacks.
Much ado has been raised about Anders Breivik’s hate-filled (and apparently mostly plagiarized) manifesto with the New York Times implying that American bloggers and right-wingers might have incited Breivik to violence.
The man accused of the killing spree in
was deeply influenced by a small group of American bloggers and writers who have warned for years about the threat from Islam, lacing his 1,500-page manifesto with quotations from them, as well as copying multiple passages from the tract of the Unabomber.
Ignoring the spurious attempt to link the Unabomber with the right-wingers (he was anti-state, not anti-Muslim), this reminds me too much of the attempt to link Sarah Palin with the Giffords shootings (we found out later that the shooter was quite liberal).
Anders Breivik also cites Jesus in 32 out of the 1,500 pages in his manifesto, as well as mentioning Barack Obama, Mahatma Gandhi, and Al Gore.
It makes me wonder: is Jesus to blame for the killings in Norway?
(The answer, of course, is an emphatic “no.”)
Jens Stoltenberg, prime minister of Norway, responds to the attacks in Oslo and Utoya:
Our answer is more democracy, more openness to show that we will not be stopped by this kind of violence. At the same time we shouldn’t be naive, we should understand that violence can attack our society – we’ve seen that today.
What a stark contrast to what George W. Bush said right after the attacks in New York City.
The United States could learn a thing or two from Norway.
Glenn Greenwald attacks the faulty premise that Norway is a peaceful country unfairly targeted by Muslim extremists (if it turns out that they were Muslims or jihadists as the New York Times is already claiming).
Regardless of the justifications of these wars — and Norway is in both countries as part of a U.N. action — it is simply a fact that Norway has sent its military to two foreign countries where it is attacking people, dropping bombs, and killing civilians. Historically, one reason not to invade and attack other countries is because doing so often prompts one’s own country to be attacked. Western nations typically only attack countries that are incapable of responding in kind, but those nations and their sympathizers are capable of perpetrating asymmetrical attacks of the sort that Oslo just suffered.
To be clear, Glenn Greenwald is not justifying these attacks against Norway, much in the same way Ron Paul never justified the attacks in New York City when he pointed out that the attacks are the inevitable consequence of Western violence and intervention in the Middle East.
If it were jihadists that carried out the attacks, Norway did not get attacked because the “terrorists” hate their freedoms and socialized healthcare; Norway was attacked because it was bombing defenseless countries in the Middle East.
UPDATE: Lew Rockwell’s always insightful commentary regarding the attacks in Norway.
I do not know who murdered all these Norwegian children and adults, God rest their souls, but I do know this: their deaths will be used as an excuse to kill many, many more children and adults, and to fasten the screws of the police state even more deeply into Europeans and us.
UPDATE: The Daily Mail is reporting that Norwegian authorities have nabbed a suspect by the name of Anders B. Breivik. Others have tracked down the suspect’s Twitter account, with a single ominous tweet published days before the shooting.
The question in everyone’s minds: is the shooting and the bombing connected somehow?