“Norway’s Shocking Complacency” by Todd Strandberg

Norway is struggling to come to terms with its worst peacetime massacre in modern times. Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people and injured dozens more. This was Europe’s worst terrorist attack since the 2004 Madrid train bombings left 191 dead.

Breivik first triggered a bomb next to a building connected to the Labor Party government. He then went to a youth camp, also run by the party, on Utoeya Island, where he spent 90 minutes methodically gunning down campers.

When I saw the headlines about the massacre, my first thought was that this was yet again the work of an Islamic extremist. You would have to go back 16 years to the Oklahoma City bombing to find a similar attack carried out by a non-Muslim. Some of the first news stories pointed out this fact. Here was solid proof that the liberal media had known all these years that Muslims were the main perpetrators of terrorism and chose to ignore it.

Once the press figured out that the shooter was a militant white guy, it didn’t take long for them to start labeling him as a “Christian terrorist,” “Christian fundamentalist,” or “Christian extremist.” Outlets like the New York Times made this snap decision when they found that Breivik had categorized himself as a believer on a social network site.

In manifesto posted online, he describes himself as only being part of a Christian culture. Breivik wrote on page 1307:

“If you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God then you are a religious Christian. Myself and many more like me do not necessarily have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God. We do however believe in Christianity as a cultural, social, identity and moral platform. This makes us Christian.”

A large portion of the people at the camp were of Middle East descent. Breivik feared that Europe was being overrun by the Muslim faith, and he decided to strike out at what he saw as the invaders.

The most shocking part of this story is the lack of justice in Norway. Breivik is now facing murder charges that only have a maximum sentence of 21 years. Yes, after killing dozens of innocent people, this guy could be back on the streets by the time he’s 53 years old. There was some talk of charging him with crimes against humanity, which would carry a 30-year sentence.

Breivik won’t have to worry about spending his 21 years pounding rocks in some penal colony. Norway has some of the world’s most progressive prisons, where inmates enjoy cells equipped with flat-screen televisions, mini fridges, and designer-style furniture.

One of the reasons it took an hour and a half for the Norwegian police to reach the island is that they didn’t have any guns. By law, they must have authorization from their chief to gain access to a firearm. The police looked all the more like Barney Fifes when their boat broke down and they needed help from a backup unit to get to the island.

This isn’t the first time that Norway has been unprepared to deal with criminals. In 1994, robbers stole artwork by its best-known painter, Edvard Munch. The thieves left their ladder propped up against an unlocked National Gallery window, and after grabbing Munch’s “The Scream,” they had enough time to pen a mocking note: “Thanks for the poor security.”

I can already tell what will be the legacy of the Norway attack. Under the banner of multiculturalism, there will be calls for tolerance of people of the Muslim faith. You can bet the slate will now be officially wiped clean of all the past crimes committed in the name of Allah. The next time one of his followers kills a group of people, you can be sure that the press will freshly remind us of Mr. Breivik’s evil deeds.

The greatest mistake in this whole affair is Norway’s complacency about man’s evil nature. Because we live in a sinful world, you can never let your guard down. Security officer Trond Berntsen was probably the first person to be killed at the summer camp. He was unarmed, and I’m certain he wished he had a gun when he found himself staring down the barrel of riffle.

We face an enemy whose main ambition is to “steal, and to kill, and to destroy” (John 10:10). Anyone who thinks he can live in crimeless utopia will eventually become the devil’s lunch.

1 Peter 5:8: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

— Todd

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2 Responses to ““Norway’s Shocking Complacency” by Todd Strandberg”

  1. Kobe says:

    Bearing in mind that the radical and extremist muslims are an isolated lot, as are the KKK, Andrew Breivik, and all the other extremist people/groups of other religions. It’s just that the media are focusing on the islamic faith at this point in time. If you look back through history you’d find that humanity has always had some group of people that they hate and label intensely and above all others and also that humans naturally stereotype people. i.e that person is a muslim therefore they are a terrorist, that person is an aboriginal therefore they are gonna mug me, that person is white therefore they are racist pricks (none of the examples are my opinion except the last and yes, I am white and ashamed of it).

  2. Steve says:

    Kobe,
    Yes, people have been hijacking religion for centuries, in order to do wrong in the name of God. The difference between Christianity and Islam is that Christians doing bad flies in the face of what the Bible says to do. In Islam and the Koran, not so much. As you read the Koran and Hadith, you will see what I am talking about.

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