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?