Saturday, July 23, 2011


Friday Norwegian 32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik orchestrated twin attacks in Oslo and Utoya Island. The death toll is undetermined, but at least 92 victims are confirmed dead.

Breivik engaged a unrelenting and concentrated shooting massacre on Utoya Island, the victims mostly teens attending a Youth Labour Party Camp.

Oddmy Estenstad, who works for the Norwegian agricultural cooperative Felleskjopet Agri, said the man identified in media reports as the suspect in the bombing and mass shooting in Norway bought 6 tons of fertilizer from her company in May, which is believed to have resulted in the bombing in Oslo Friday.

"I think what we have seen today is that politically motivated violence poses a threat to society and I commend the police for carrying out a very swift and effective investigation, but that is still ongoing," Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store told reporters.

Breivik is described as a well-educated loner who lived at home with his mother in an affluent suburb of Oslo. A Christian Fundamentalist and ethnicity purist, his lawyer reports that Breiviik authored a manifesto, published the day of the attack with the intentions of inciting a "Norwegian revolution." The suspect ranted against Muslim immigration to Europe and vowed revenge on "indigenous Europeans," whom he accused of betraying their heritage. It added that they would be punished for their "treasonous acts."

"It is incomprehensible. It is like a nightmare. A nightmare for the young people who have been killed. For their families. Mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters who have been brutally confronted with death," Stoltenberg said.

It is not determined whether Breivik's attacks are linked to an organized terror cell, but as the investigation continues the somber likelihood that an insular act of violence has stolen the lives of countless innocent and warped the psyche of a community and nation is a chilling reality.

Recalling the ensued panic that the Oklahoma City Bombing, Columbine, The Amish School Shootings, and the Shooting Massacre at Fort Hood, American has experienced attacks of the like. Isolated terroristic attacks by lone individuals yield equally terrifying outcomes.

The baleful truth that the culmination of an individual's internalized life experiences can result in despicably heinous acts sans the comfort of "organized" and "conspiracy" sensibilities is what makes acts of the sort most unsettling.

Jason Zinoman, a theater reporter for The New York Times, chronicles the birth of the New Horror in his latest work Shock Value where he states of the genre,

"The central message ... is that there is no message. The world does not make sense. Evil exists, and there is nothing you can do about it."

Global media outlets (CNN, The Guardian, NPR) continue to report on the devastating tragedy in Norway as more information is uncovered.

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