Norway terrorist attack and world reaction
Abdul Zahoor Khan Marwat


The recent terrorist attack in Norway claimed more than 90 lives, making it the deadliest attack in the Norwegian history since the World War 2. The attack was perpetuated by a local person Ander Behring Brevik with extreme right wing agenda. The man first blew up the government offices, parking the deadly bomb laden vehicle in front the prime minister’s office. Luckily, the Norwegian prime minister that day was working from his home.

Then the man went to an island where the ruling party was holding a convention for youngsters where he cold-bloodedly mowed down more than 80 people. The atrocity shocked the world. But at the same time it left numerous unanswered questions in its wake.

At the first sign of the bomb attack in Oslo, the western world, particularly the American media, began claiming that it was carried out by the Islamic militants i.e. al-Qaeda. While al-Qaeda is a terrorist organization for all intents and purposes, the bombing was not related to Islamic militants or the al-Qaeda as was subsequently proven. Why is it that all terrorist events in the world, particularly in the western countries, are conveniently labelled on so-called Islamic militants or terrorists when in many cases they are not involved? The Oklahoma bombing by Timothy McVeigh in 1995 was carried out by a right wing Christian militant though first a Jordanian Muslim was blamed for it. The knee-jerk reaction is always that Muslims are involved in terrorist events.

Mr Nick Cohen recently wrote in The Observer; “Yet although extremist parties fail as badly in Britain as they have always done, Britain has become the European capital of extremist ideas. So much so that before you learned the identity of the terrorist who murdered the young men and women of the Norwegian Labour party, or the reasons for his slaughter, you could make an informed guess that Britain would loom large in his background. The authors of the new and encyclopaedic Islamist Terrorism: The British Connection tell me that between 1993 and 2010, 43 individuals born, resident or radicalised in Britain are known to have committed suicide attacks abroad. As it turned out, Anders Breivik hates Islam in all its forms. No matter. The manifesto he left online showed that Britain is an equally inspiring source of ideas for murderous neo-fascists.” Mr Nick Cohen is one person who seems to be on the right track with regard to terrorism, which is a worldwide phenomenon and cannot be blamed on Muslims or Pakistan alone.

Sarah Wildman wrote in The Guardian recently: “Among other references in his 1,500-page manifesto, Breivik quotes favourably Robert Spencer, who runs the Jihad watch website, Pamella Geller, who, via her Atlas Shrugged blog, was a key player in the controversy over the Cordoba House’s “Ground Zero Mosque” in 2010, and Bruce Bawer, whose book While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam is Destroying the West From Within warns of the intent of Muslim immigrants to Arabise Europe.

“In recent hours, each of these authors has condemned the links journalists have made to their work and the killings in Norway, calling the connections ludicrous. They continue to claim their cause is just, that Islam remains a menace, though they fear a blow to their cause — yet, all without acknowledging this terror was wrought by a man who took their words to their most extreme conclusion.”

So, instead of labelling worldwide terrorism as Islamic on Muslim, let us find out the causes for terrorism and try to eliminate them. Putting all the blame on Muslims or terrorist al-Qaeda or Pakistan will not help the cause of eradicating terrorism from the world.