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My instinct is that this was a one-man operation by an extremely intelligent psychopath. Note that he went to one of Oslo's top schools, the Handelsgymnasium 'commercial college'.

As a 32 year old he would have been in the Fremskritt party youth movement a few years ago: I think that this outrage may well see existing schisms in that party destroy it in months to come. We should get an indication of that in forthcoming local elections in the autumn.

Yes, indeed there are some extremely dark and sometimes dangerous currents in Norwegian society.

The myths surrounding what went on in the war and in the aftermath are now being dispelled as a generation dies and the truth is revealed after generations of suppression.

Note here that there is more than one source of poison: there is the Nazi collaboration aspect, which is mirrored by similar revelations in France and elsewhere which dispelled prevalent myths.

Secondly, and more dangerous still, there is the relationship between elements of the Norwegian Left, and the Soviet Union.

Don't forget here that the Russians did not pull out of Northern Norway until over 6 months after the War ended, and some say that was not until they were comfortable with the regime which followed. Some believe that the US was for many years uncomfortable in their dealings with Norway whom they suspected of being infiltrated. This is a very dark and dangerous area, and there have been many unexplained deaths and much ruthless suppression of inconvenient facts.

But I digress.

The real point is that lurking within the civilised and egalitarian Norwegian society may be monsters which have grown in the last 30 years, nourished by the black tide of oil and gas 'wealth'.

I think - maybe 'hope' is better - that this massacre may prove to be a cathartic event, and that Norway will emerge the stronger as the 'Old Norway' of sturdy self reliance and solidarity re-asserts itself against alien values.

It all hinges on how the Labour party heals itself in the aftermath.

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson

by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Sat Jul 23rd, 2011 at 11:19:20 AM EST
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