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Editorial: Terror strikes Norway

  • The Jakarta Post

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  /   Mon, July 25 2011   /  08:00 am

Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with the people of Norway following the death of more than 90 people in two separate, but most likely coordinated, attacks on Friday.

News of the bomb attack at the prime minister’s office in Oslo was later followed by reports of a massacre at
a youth camp on nearby Utoeya Island, jolting not only Norwegians, but the entire world into another rude
awakening, reminding that terror can strike anywhere — even in the most peaceful and tranquil corners of
the world. Police have since arrested 32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik, a Norwegian citizen who has admitted responsibility for both attacks.

His race, religion and political leanings have, at least for now, stopped the rampant speculation from self-professed terrorist experts that had initially tried to link the attacks to Islamic extremists.
The tragedy demonstrates...