By Enrique Tessieri
We are all saddened by the loss of life and tragedy that ripped open a terrible scar in Norway after a car bomb exploded in the capital and a man shot dead 80 innocent victims on Friday, according to media reports. The police have apprehended a suspect, Anders Behring Breivik, a Norwegian “conservative,” according to politicons.com.
As the tragic events unfolded on Friday, some were quick to point the finger at international terrorism.
This now appears unlikely, according to the Guardian of London. “The targeted nature of the attacks at both government offices and the Labour party youth camp both suggest a more political agenda rather than an attempt to create widespread terror,” the daily reports. “Norwegian news reports last night said that police did not think the attacks were linked to international terrorism and that it was more likely directed at the current political system.”
Former ambassador to Norway, Ole Norrback, jumped the gun a bit on the YLE’s Friday 20:30 news but said the right things. Even if the bombing initially suggested the work of an international jihadist terrorist organization, according to him, it should be seen as the work of a minority.
Norrback said that the majority of the immigrants living in Norway are hard-working people who have nothing to do with what happened.
Let’s wait for more information by the police to determine what kind of political motive the man had and how his actions could impact the rest of the region.