The Norway terror attacks? Nationalist motives may be root cause.
The Norwegian press say the man in custody for the terror attacks in Oslo and a nearby island today appears to have acted alone, and doesn't seem to have any links to Islamist militants.
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The alleged assailant is also identified as holding anti-Islamic and anti-immigrant views that are common among Norway's far right. A twitter feed of a man with the same name and carrying the same picture as the Facebook page has only one tweet, left July 17 in English: "One person with a belief is equal to the force of 100 000 who have only interests." The quote appears to be a paraphrase of John Stuart Mill, the 19th-century English philosopher of utilitarianism and liberty.Skip to next paragraph
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The emerging picture that comes together from the VG article and other press is of a potential lone actor. Though constructing a car bomb alone (this one made with fertilizer, like the 1995 Oklahoma City attack in the US and many other terrorist events) isn't an easy task, it's not impossible. The Associated Press, reporting from Oslo, cites an unnamed police official as saying "It seems it’s not Islamic-terror related.... This seems like a madman’s work.” The AP did not name the assailant.
Earlier today, politically middle-of-the-road Norwegians were worried that if the terror attack was carried out by Muslim Norwegians, it would fuel the rise of ultranationalist and anti-immigrant feeling. While the story is still breaking, and the information flow from Norwegian authorities could shift, the question now is what impact, if any, today's events will have on the country's politics.
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[Edtior's Note: An earlier version of this story misspelled the name of 19th century British philosopher John Stuart Mill.]