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"Our thoughts are with Norway": Reinfeldt

Clara Guibourg · 23 Jul 2011, 11:27

Published: 23 Jul 2011 11:27 GMT+02:00

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"The unthinkable has struck our neighbours in Norway," stated a subdued Reinfeldt, adding that this is most likely the most violent attack Norway has experienced.

Seven people have now been confirmed killed following the bomb explosion in central Oslo, and at least 84 died on Utøya, an island hosting a social democrat youth camp, where a gunman went on the rampage. It is feared that the death toll will rise, as police continue their search of the island on Saturday.

A man has been arrested for the massacre at Utøya, and it is thought that he also lies behind the blast in Oslo.

Police have confirmed his identity as 32 year-old Anders Behring Breivik, a right-wing extremist known to have been critical of islam and multiculturalism.

Reinfeldt issued a statement earlier Saturday morning, lamenting the events, and issuing his condoleances.

"I offer my deepest condolences for the tragedy that has happened in Oslo and at the Norwegian Social Democrats' youth camp. My thoughts go to the relatives of the victims and to those who have been injured."

Foreign minister Carl Bildt has also expressed his empathy, and on Friday confirmed through his blog that he has been in contact with his Norwegian colleague Jonas Störe to offer any help needed.

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At the press conference at Rosenbad, Reinfeldt continued, "A difficult trial awaits the whole Norwegian society, but questions will be raised by us in Sweden as well: fear and rage that a person can be capable of doing this to fellow man."

Clara Guibourg (clarabara@hotmail.com)

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11:52 July 23, 2011 by truthworthy
Yes. and now that we know the killer. Reinfeldt and Säpo should pay more attention to SD and it is supporters. They are the twin of AlQaeda.
12:03 July 23, 2011 by Keith #5083
This is not a time for us to be commenting on this article with 'political point scoring'. No normal,decent human being can fail to be touched by the enormity of this horrendous tragedy.

My loving thoughts are directed to all those families, friends and acquaintances who today are struggling to comprehend this reality through the painful mists of their grief.

Pleeeeez, if we cannot comment with empathy and lovingness it is better we do not comment at all.
12:11 July 23, 2011 by unseen
@ Keith,

well said
12:18 July 23, 2011 by Gabin
@ Keith

12:26 July 23, 2011 by Jes
Very true , SD is full of idiots that could carry out a masaccre like this one .

I also believe that the whole story is yet to be told . I highly doubt if ONLY ONE MAN could plant a bomb in a government building and then go to shoot 84 young people at a go . Any body who has had basic armed training kwons that this is almost impossible to do .

For starters , how does one collect so many young people in one place immediatety after a bomb blast ?

I suspect that some group planned this very well . The bomb was simply a de-coy.

@Keith#5083 , there are different ways to express empathy . One of them is to warn the authorities of what might come next . Extremism and hate , is evil regardless of whether it is from muslims , christians , or political activists . This killer ( or killers ) is a product of the kind of idiocy that SD preaches . It is just a matter of time before a hater does in Sweden what this devil has just done in Oslo
12:29 July 23, 2011 by truthworthy

Well said.
12:37 July 23, 2011 by Jasoncarter
Oh, hurrah - the seeds of the first idiotic conspiracy theory are sown.

One man can very easily park a van filled with a fertilizer/fuel bomb outside a government office. It happened in Oklahoma City a good few years back. There was a standing joke that the only building in Norway that had any sort of protection against just this sort of attack was the American embassy.

And how do you gather so many young people together in one place? I don't know, maybe someone could beat the words 'Youth' 'Camp' and 'Island' into your thick skull. Read up on the story before you start spinning your own.

This crap happens all the time, all over the world, and will continue to do so, sadly. There's only so much you can do to prevent it and, yes, it does only take one man.
12:54 July 23, 2011 by Nemesis
@ Jes

Categorically wrong.

One person is more than capable of carrying this out with good planning and cold execution of that plan. A single sociopath would have no problem doing this.

A bomb is very easily made and planted.

Materials to make a bomb equivalent to up to a few tons of explosive are readily available from most hardware stores. All that is needed is time to build the bomb into a delivery vehicle such as a car or van. That could be very easily done ina garage, farmhouse or similar enclosed space to hide the activity.

The fact he owned a farming company would have made aquisition of fertiliser very easy.

Regarding shooting lots of people.

If you put several hundred teenagers onto an island with no way of it, they are sitting targets. In this case the target was a well established event that has been ongoing for decades. Scandinavia has numerous events that have similarly large groupings of young people, as has every country in Europe.

A single gunman who keeps his cool, takes aim, fires, then slowly and methodically reloads, will have no problem shooting teenagers running in panic in all directions for their lives.

This was extremely calculated by somone who really knew what he was doing.

As for political groupings of people who could potentially do this. The Sweden Democrats, Vänsterpartiet, christian fundemantalists, islamic fundementalists or any other form of extremist group, are more than capable of producing a monster such as this.

It does not matter what form the extremism manifests itself as. Right wing, Left Wing, Religious or any other form of extremism eventually reaches its natural conclusion, wholesale slaughter.
12:54 July 23, 2011 by Keith #5083

The expression of empathy does indeed take different forms.My expression was directed towards those who today know the extreme pain of loss in such a scenario as this.

My feeling is that this day, this day, is the time for that expression. Other expressions have another time.

"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion.People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite" Nelson Mandela. (and he ought to know!)
13:00 July 23, 2011 by guliver
In name of my wife my child and myself ,I want to express our deep feelings for the families of the victims,let us hope that that peacefull Scandinavian land will not ever expierience such horrors

13:23 July 23, 2011 by crocadoodledoo
This is the wake up call to all educated liberals to get our forces together and try educate vulnerable minds around us. What a senseless act of violence!!..RIP all those departed souls.
13:54 July 23, 2011 by Birbun
It's very disturbing to see the liberals that as jackals are already trying to exploit this immense tragedy for political purposes.

RIP to the victims.
14:04 July 23, 2011 by Iraniboy
It's just horrific. It's hard to understand why a person may do this when all democratic methods are available to express their ideas.

He has been apparently active in different forums for his Anti-Islam remarks. I guess we have a lot of them here in thelcoal.se too. That's why I say it is good tha tthese people get a chance to empty their hatred in these forums so they do not think of actual murder. Of course the best solution is to prevent these incidents by educating people about dire consequences of hating others.
14:12 July 23, 2011 by Incognito007
The perpetrator of this horrible act is already known and it's weird that nobody calls him as a Christian terrorist as it was with a mad man exploded him self in Stockholm, fortunately without a single casualty.

Mad people have no religion: be it a Norwegian christian, a Stockholm suicider or Malmo racist snipers.

Sincere condolences to relatives of the victims...
14:21 July 23, 2011 by conboy
Spot on original black man ! the Swedish intelligensia (God help US!) will shortly be banging on about how non-normative the "individuals" background was and how "unique" the case is while they all flap around and avoid the mirror. What else can you expect from the gate keepers of the myth that Olof Palme was murdered by a criminal, drug addict on a pesonal vendetta. The Nordic countries and particularly Sweden are loookinf away from a time fuse that is already activated read the so called "peacelover*s" contribution and even a dim witted Swedish politician should be able to read between the lines.
14:25 July 23, 2011 by TheOriginalBlackMan
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14:52 July 23, 2011 by Rizwan Rahim
@ Incognito007 well said.......

others,they know too the killer is a *christian terrorist*....but bogged down to comment by their own words.media plays a double standard.anyways *we are all not norwegians but humans with a heart to condemn terrorism*
15:30 July 23, 2011 by Icarusty
I was watching this from Britain and the news coverage is just cringeworthy. On both BBC and Sky (the latter you'd expect) there were terrorist "experts", whatever that is, and they were saying this is definitely, absolutely, a Muslim attack. On the internet forums (especially Stormfront) they went mad, pages and pages of Muslim this and that - the Sun newspaper's first print edition said "AlQuada Massacre" on the front page, saying the blond guy who did it was a Muslim convert. And on other newspaper websites, commentators stating that it was caused by immigration and making childish "religion of peace" comments. Most ironic that the killer was Christian then, and that considering in the same article, there were pictures of non-whites injured and HELPING the injured.

Oh and let's not forget what Obama, leader of the free world said

"It's a reminder that the entire international community has a stake in preventing this kind of terror from occurring,"

that's right Obama. The whole world must eliminate right wing extremism, starting with the KKK and the other armed extremist groups in America, not forgetting the racist institutions, police, authorities etc.

Assumption makes an ass out of you and... well, just you.
16:18 July 23, 2011 by koolwind
I sympathies are with the victims of Oslo incident. May GOD bless them.

Western media showed his biased mentality initially, that how can they play with the emotions of whole world and they have power to brainwash against whom they dislike.

16:50 July 23, 2011 by TheOriginalBlackMan
@icarusty - well said, applause.

To find the cause of an action one must look to the motivation. I see by the comments left on this forum that so called "white" people are practicing racism ("the denial of racism is essential for its existence").

The sole reason for the bomb attack and the shooting deaths of over 80 young people, who were ant-racist, was racism. To declare otherwise is dangerous and contrary to the facts. Anders "Nazi" Breivik hated black people. He stated so on numerous web-sites catering to "white" supremacist.

I warn Black African people and other people who can produce melanin in Sweden and across the globe not to consider only the image of a Skinhead or a "white" KKK member as the quintessential image of a white supremacist. These narrow representations and definitions are used to confuse Black people as to who really is and what it really means to be a "white" supremacist.

Now, do all "white" people wish for the "white" supremacist system to exist, maybe, maybe not, but if "white" people are no trying to deconstruct this evil system then they are participating in it.

I advise all Black African people to follow my motto: "Suspect all "white" people as white supremacist, and be very suspicious of their actions at all times", look at their history.
16:51 July 23, 2011 by fozzy2011
My condolences to the families of the bereaved and injured.

@Icarusty. I was watching from Britain too and noticed how the British media began to insinuate that it was Islamic extremists that were responsible for the bombing and shootings..Even the allegedly liberal Guardian was reporting these unsubstantiated rumours.

Islamophobia is so entrenched in the minds of the British establishment that it leads to these kinds of bigoted statements almost like a knee-jerk reaction.

It just so happens that this was an example of Christianist terrorism by a far right neo-Quisling. The incident was similar in character to the Oklahoma bombing by Timothy McVeigh--another far right extremist.

Bob Dylan expressed the problem very well in his 1960s song "Only a pawn in their game" about the killing of a black civil right activist by a member of the KKK.

Only A Pawn In Their Game - Bob Dylan

A bullet from the back of a bush took Medgar Evers' blood

A finger fired the trigger to his name

A handle hid out in the dark

A hand set the spark

Two eyes took the aim

Behind a man's brain

But he can't be blamed

He's only a pawn in their game.

A South politician preaches to the poor white man

"You got more than blacks, don't complain

You're better than them, you been born with white skin" they explain

And the Negro's name

Is used it is plain

For the politician's gain

As he rises to fame

And the poor white remains

On the caboose of the train

But it ain't him to blame

He's only a pawn in their game.

The deputy sheriffs, the soldiers, the governors get paid

And the marshals and cops get the same

But the poor white man's used in the hands of them all like a tool

He's taught in his school

From the start by the rule

That the laws are with him

To protect his white skin

To keep up his hate

So he never thinks straight

'Bout the shape that he's in

But it ain't him to blame

He's only a pawn in their game.

From the powerty shacks, he looks from the cracks to the tracks

And the hoof beats pound in his brain

And he's taught how to walk in a pack

Shoot in the back

With his fist in a clinch

To hang and to lynch

To hide 'neath the hood

To kill with no pain

Like a dog on a chain

He ain't got no name

But it ain't him to blame

He's only a pawn in their game.

Today, Medgar Evers was buried from the bullet he caught

They lowered him down as a king

But when the shadowy sun sets on the one

That fired the gun

He'll see by his grave

On the stone that remains

Carved next to his name

His epitaph plain:

Only a pawn in their game.
16:56 July 23, 2011 by tetrahedron
I am always feel very emotional hearing about any people so young being killed. Whoever exactly this man is, he can't possibly have a conscience. All countries should now get together to make sure that such a tragedy never happens again - and he should never under any circumstances get out of jail.
18:04 July 23, 2011 by StuartM
@ Nemesis

There is no comparison between the far right and the far left and to think that anyone in Vänsterpartiet would want to do something like this is absurd. Those who support the far right are motivated by hate: hate for immigrants, hate for equality, hate for tolerance, hate for anyone or anything that doesn't fit in with their disgusting vision of a world where the strong rule over and exploit the weak. Those on the radical left are motivated by the desire for a better and a more equal world and by a deep sense of compassion for all those oppressed, marginalised and excluded within today's society. I wouldn't deny that some on the left have at times resorted to violence but never anything remotely comparable to this. Left-wing extremists (anarchists, Antifa, Red Brigades, Baader Meinhof etc.) may sometimes damage property, beat up nazis or target prominent political figures but not once have they ever deliberately massacred or blown up innocent civilians. Fascists on the other hand have a long history of such actions across Europe. Take for example the Bologna train station bombing in 1980 which killed almost 100 people. It's not just extremism generally that's the problem. It's the specific ideology of hatred which ultimately underpins all fascist and far-right points of view. As people have said this could just as easily have been someone active within the Sweden Democrats. It's time that the far right threat was taken seriously not just in Scandinavia but across Europe.
18:15 July 23, 2011 by Iraniboy

Please stop scoring points!

Extremism and racism is disgusting and you can no way associate to any race!
19:03 July 23, 2011 by Keith #5083

well said!

"The best way to 'kill' your enemy is to make friends with them" Abraham Lincoln
19:06 July 23, 2011 by colombianska_tjej
Comment: As a colombian, I'm pretty aware of how a bomb feels and I'm very sad for something like this happening in such a beautiful and quite peaceful country as Norway. My thoughts are with the victims and their families. No matter what you believe in, hatred is hatred wherever it comes from. I'm kind of glad that it is not related to muslim people, as islamophobia can be quite dangerous and bring real bad consequences after this. But nevertheless, I hope people understand that the way to change things are through love and tolerance, instead of hate and murder

Iraniboy: +1. Hatred can come from anyone, no matter the color of the skin or the religion.
19:47 July 23, 2011 by Learner2011
I am really feeling sad for the victims and their families, my heart goes for them.

Yesterday the entire universe was out to hunt down an Arab or Muslim terrorist, But it turned out to be a conservative Christian.

Does it really matter whether he was a Muslim or Christian or whatever?

Big NO. Any sick ill-mannered goon who believes that his imaginary friend in the sky asking him to kill innocent souls must be locked in jail forever. Period.


I don't deny that a part of what you are saying is true, But man don't forget some of the whites are more than nice, friendly, supportive and decent human beings. So, just control your feelings and always remember that it is not fair to generalize.

@Keith #5083 #29

Abraham Lincoln said: "The best way to 'destroy' your enemy is to make him your friend"

Too bad that people like you are allowed to post lies and misquotes. I and many others don't respect you for that. We should all learn to forget word 'kill' because it is ugliest thing ever.
20:26 July 23, 2011 by Keith #5083

My apologies if you felt I misquoted in my post #29.. I sourced 3 differing expressions of the same quote - namely kill/destroy/defeat.

I understood all three, being from Abraham Lincoln, to be metaphorical not literal.

However, I humbly bow to your correction of a literal interpretation.

I entirely agree with your last sentence.

Sincerest apologies
22:12 July 23, 2011 by Amardeep Mehta
May God give peace to the all Departed souls!
22:35 July 23, 2011 by 15U
Big Tradegy and not clear story even now..

But lets hope that it will never be repeated again.
14:05 July 24, 2011 by gabeltoon
I have watched the service in the cathedral of OSLO and i'm touched by the whole experience.I extend my hand in friendship and mourning to all of NORWAY.I am in SCOTLAND but feel close to you.
14:29 July 24, 2011 by rise
@ TheOriginalBlackMan

"I advise all Black African people to follow my motto: "Suspect all "white" people as white supremacist, and be very suspicious of their actions at all times", look at their history. "

Your racist opinions is hardly news to anyone but what's this got to do with the news of a single madman murdering Norwegian youth?! Oh I forgot, you're one of those "victims" from the history book that's only screaming for attention and this is about you and your fellow "BLACK AFRICANS" and not about these murdered young people, isn't it?!?

I'm living next to a camping ground that's always full of Norwegians, every single summer, and when I first heard about this my first feeling was that I just wanted to go down there and hug them all..! Horrible world we're living in.
15:05 July 24, 2011 by Jes
@Nemesis , intelligent thinkers must ask the questions I asked immediately a tragedy like the one we are talking about right now . Crime investigation does not begin with "obviouses " but probabilities .

As you may have noticed , more information has come out since I questioned the possibility of one man shooting all these people alone .

As it turns out , it is so far reported that he was out there selecting and shooting his targets for almost 2 HOURS !

Where else does a bomb go off and a crowd of 500 youths is left alone with a shooter for all that long ?

Even if all he had was an arrow and abow , he would have killed a whole lot of children ( and this is what they were )

Of course on man can build and plant a bomb ; of course one man can shoot many people dead : But you just don´`t start with comfirming known theories , however sensible they may be ; you start by questining accounts that don´`t make sense . Then . you continue to "eliminate "

Keith#5083 , your point is noted .

But I hope you understand why some people think that it is time to remind the Nazis of SD that hatred can bring a lot of pain to a lot of people .
20:33 July 24, 2011 by Summer Dreams
Oh Yeah!

get it on.
21:55 July 24, 2011 by Nomark

Nemesis is quite right - the enemy is extremism be it left/right/religious etc.

Vänsterpartiet contains its fair share of those with sympathies for totalitarian regimes gone by and has a lot of people motivated by hate, in their case against the rich, exploiters etc. Given the lessons of the twentieth century its sensible to guard against nutters emerging from that party as much as the SD. BTW, not that I ever wish to be a position of defending the SD, I bet that you'll have to work very very very hard to find anyone even in that party who isn't as appalled by what happened as the majority of us who vote for middle-of-the-road parties.

The lesson which should be learned is beware of extremists.
01:20 July 26, 2011 by Keith #5083

I see no reason why the 'Nazis of SD' should be given preferential treatment over other political or religious expressions.The word 'extremist' is a relative and subjective terminology.

All need to be reminded,constantly, that hatred not can, but does, bring suffering to many - and especially as has been shown in this case, it's always the children who suffer most for the 'so-called principles' of adults.

There is no principle, doctrine, political theory or religious instruction that is worth the life of a single child!
13:50 July 27, 2011 by Jes
@Keith#5083 ,

I agree with you that "extremism" is a relative -sometimes subjective-term.

There is a lot logic behind the saying that if you saw tomatoes , you reap tomatoes . It is not illogical , therefore , to classify Nazi SD is an extreme outfit designed to produce twisted minds like the devil that killed all those innocent children. SD fears and hates immigrants , so did he !

One of the most interesting things that is not talked about much , is the fact that the killer was a well dressed good-looking neat bloke , just like the LEADER of the so called SVERIGES DEMOCRACY . You probably saw him wearing a "unifrom" that distinushed him from everybody else on the day the Swedish Parliament was opened .
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