Many people have been quick to jump to the conclusion that the bomb attack on the office of the Norwegian Prime Minister in Oslo and the mass killing of young people attending a summer camp on the island of Utoeya is the work of Al Qaeda. According to an item in the on-line news publication The Week:
…many people are blaming al Qaeda — citing a 2010 incident in which three men with alleged ties to the terror group were arrested, two of them in Norway, over a plotted terrorist attack. In Dubai’sal Arabiya, Ray Mosely recounts other reasons why the world’s best-known terror organization is a likely culprit in Friday’s assaults. It’s possible Al Qaeda was acting on past threats to retaliate if Norway didn’t withdraw its 500 troops from Afghanistan. Or perhaps al Qaeda is still angry over “the 2010 publication in the Oslo newspaper Dagbladet of a cartoon showing the Prophet Muhammad as a pig writing the Quran.” That led 1,000 Muslim taxi drivers to block the streets of central Oslo in February, 2010.
However, the man arrested by police is a 32 year old Norwegian man with blond hair who has links with a right Norwegian political party. Remember also that the Prime Minister leads the left-of-center Labour Party and the youth camp that was attacked was sponsored by the the same political party. Add to that the fact that the Prime Minister was scheduled to visit the island of Utoeya at the time the gunman appeared and it begins to look like a different type of terrorist attack.
Remember Ted Kaczynski the Oklahoma “Unabomber” a politically inspired home-grown American terrorist who engaged in a series of attacks over a twenty year period? Remember also the attack on American Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, shot in the head by right-wing loner Jared Loughner. Going further back in time, there were the Bologna bombings in August 1980, when a group of right-wing terrorists exploded a bomb at a railroad station in Bologna, Italy, killing 84 people and injuring more than 180. Two months later, a right-wing terrorist attack in Munich Germany killed the attacker and 14 other people, injuring 215… The list goes on.
Don’t lose sight of the fact that Al Qaeda does not have a monopoly on world terror and there are plenty of crazies out there who wold happily kill and maim who have no links with Islam.