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The terror attacks in Norway

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The terror attacks in Norway

Press coverage of the attacks has focused on the human tragedies of an ‘almost unspeakable crime’. But as well as mourning and solidarity with the victims, it is important to analyse the full political implications of what happened, and the likely impact across the political spectrum. As several articles have pointed out, violent attacks across Europe on Mosques, Synagogues, and other places of worship have hugely outnumbered those by Al Qaeda and similar groups. And why there have been protests against the use of the terms ‘terrorist’ or 'extreme Christian fundamentalist' to describe the perpetrator and his so-called ‘Knights Templar’ organisation? Here are three such articles, one from Norway, one from a Centre for Muslim Studies, and one from a UK MEP., and a fourth by Simon Jenkins, with the alternative view that the actions of a lone madman have no political significance.

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jul/24/norway-tragedy-extremism-europe

  http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/07/201172482841769458.html

  http://www.labourlist.org/learning-from-the-terror-attacks-in-norway

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jul/26/norway-illiberal-britain-patronising 

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