In my previous post I was speculating with everyone else that the Oslo Bomb might well have been planted by an Islamic Terrorist, and I gave reasons why If that were the case I believe organisations such as Al Qaeda pursue such tactics, and what strategic objectives they might have. One reply to that post not withstanding, I am glad I used the simple little word ‘IF’ at an appropriate point.
Current reporting suggests that a white Norwegian may well be the culprit, and if that is the case, his motives may be a little more difficult to get to the bottom of. Simply because he might well just be a lone nut with no direct affiliations to any ideology, rather than a member of a definable organisation, or movement.
The agenda of terrorists, is to spread fear, Al Qaeda seeks to spread fear of Muslims, and of Islam in the West, which isolates Muslim communities from the main stream, in the hope that they will turn to the terrorists. That the men of violence have at least in part been successful in this agenda is demonstrated by how the underlying assumption of the last few hours has been that it might well be Al Qaeda that was responsible for this bomb.
The phrase ‘Non-western appearance’ has been used as a synonym by anti-islamists, for Muslim. So presumably using their logic, the young man helping the injured woman in the above photo Is a Muslim. And he seems to be acting like most of the Muslims I know, like a normal reasonable human being showing compassion, and providing support in an hour of need. He might be a Muslim, he might not, but he certainly has the ‘non-western’ appearance, the anti-islamists are so fond of using as ‘proof’ that people are Muslim.
Prehaps there are more important photos, but I think it’s certainly a contender.