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Well, if anyone ever doubted that Norwegians start our weekend early and with a bang, this should provide ample evidence to the contrary. ;)

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The Story

So it appears that our Government Quarter (Regjeringskvartalet) has been hit by a car bomb. Specifically, the buildings of the Departments of Oil and Energy, Trade and Industry, and Health, in addition to the PMs offices and the HQ of the largest tabloid newspaper. The Supreme Court is also a few meters away, though . A number of injured and two deaths (expected to increase) have been confirmed at this point, in addition to the property damage.The bomb was large enough to cause fairly widespread damage, windows crushed up to 1km away from the point of impact.

It's been a while since Norway last saw terrorism, and the Norwegian people are generally unprepared. As the story is developing, a number of erroneous reports are also popping up. The first was that of a second bomb, reported by the state news (NRK), which was later subjected to an erratum. More inaccuracies will most likely weeded out in the next few days.

The status of the city right now is that all traffic arteries having been closed in addition to all public transport. The immediate area around the incident area, which lies very close to the city center, has been cordoned off and the police report they are searching for two more bombs. The media and public is being fairly briskly turned away, both due to potential for more bombs and falling glass. 

Good background.

Who did it?

The current speculation is Islamic terror, though I would immediately rule out environmental terror (the Oil- and Energy dpt being the main target), or just random homegrown loonies. Our resident terrorist Mullah Krekar has confirmed that it wasn't him (he just wants to kill the next PM).

Whoever did it didn't plan too well. Though most Norwegians leave work around 15:30 on Friday's, it is in the middle of the summer vacation which usually makes 50-60% of the population of Oslo head elsewhere.

Potential Impact

Interestingly, this happens the day after the Young Labor has their annual meeting. This year's message was a unilateral boycott of Israel for it's rough handedness towards Islamic terrorist. Don't think they'll receive much support from the people after this incident. In addition, the xenophobic, reactionary, populist "Progressive" Party (FrP) will most likely soar in popularity during the local elections in September.

I also expect a boost in military and justice spending, the worn slogan "Never again 9th of April" be replaced with "Never again 22nd of June".

Let there be no doubt: This is an attack on Norway and Norwegians. There will be a harsh response. (However, revenge Norse style is neither swift or rash. Our style is to wait until the scum has lived in fear for as long as possible. Just as he has gotten comfortable, we show up in the middle of the night and inform him about his impending death to gauge their personal honor. Those who plead for their lives will be tortured until they beg for their inevitable death. If this is not feasible, we'll hand them over to our friends the Russians to be dealt with appropriately.)

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I guess this might become the lasting image, the damaged PMs Offices/High Block:

(Notice the darkened inverted U pattern reaching from the mid-bottom, might be residue from point of explosion.)

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And to piss of those who most likely did it a bit more, here's my little personal revenge:

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And a bit of nationalism. The tune which most accurately reflects the Norwegian Esprit de Corps:

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Tags: norway, oslo, terror

Comment by Hannah Elstrøm on July 22, 2011 at 12:39pm

"Never again 22nd of June"

I think you mean July.

 

And come on, we have no idea who did it yet, it's a bit early to jump to conclusions.

Comment by Stephen Walski on July 22, 2011 at 12:41pm

Its the new game of news people and bloggers.... See who can say muslims did it first. 

Comment by Hannah Elstrøm on July 22, 2011 at 12:44pm

A very short game, it seems.

Comment by Arcus on July 22, 2011 at 12:45pm

"Its the new game of news people and bloggers"

State media, Police, and Prime Minister. Apparently, they also like to play this completely undeserved "Islamic terrorist" card.

Note that there are now beginning reports on a new attack on Utøya, which is currently being charged by anti-terror Police. Thus, a coordinated terror attack.

Comment by Sassan K. on July 22, 2011 at 12:50pm

IF I was a betting man - I would say it was Islamic radicals as a "revenge to the leads of Norway for not stopping the cartoonists and cartoons from being published" - it is fact, that these type of terrorist attacks, particularly in European countries - have always been the work of Islamists.

Arcus, did you say you livei n Oslo?

Another attack on another city or is that just a rumor?

Comment by Stephen Walski on July 22, 2011 at 12:51pm

If the state police and PM jumped off a bridge you would follow ?

 

Even say it is muslims. What does it serve to speculate... or even announce it. You take away power from terrorists by not acknowledging them. By speculating constantly, annoucing their activities and lending weight to their existence you are patting them on the head and encouraging them.

 

My heart goes out the Norwegian people but it doesn't matter the group just the individuals who are responsible. I hope they find the individuals and give them slow painful deaths.

Comment by Arcus on July 22, 2011 at 12:53pm

Lived - still have an apartment there, about 2.5km from the area.

Another attack on the Young Labor summer camp on Utøya. An island filled with 560 socialist. Hope they brought enough ammo. ;)

Comment by Sassan K. on July 22, 2011 at 12:56pm

Who else would commit terrorist acts? Think about it. Stop being politically correct and call it for what it is - you will see the facts soon enough. When 9/11 occurred, how many people really thought it could be anyone else rather than Islamic terrorists?

And your philosophy is masochistic. When terrorists strike - we strike back heads-on. We are facing a war of civilizations - and we must not be afraid to call a spade a spade. Norway was attacked for simply having free speech and publishing the Muhammad cartoons.

Comment by Stephen Walski on July 22, 2011 at 12:57pm

Utoya is a loan gunman dressed as a police officer.

Comment by Hannah Elstrøm on July 22, 2011 at 12:57pm

I don't remember the Prime Minister say anything about Islamic terrorists. State media speculates over it all the time now, but Stoltenberg wouldn't draw a conclusion just yet.

 

And it actually isn't a fact that Islamists are behind most terror attacks in Europe. http://www.aftenposten.no/nyheter/uriks/article4105170.ec <--- an article in Norwegian about it. Let's not assume anything before we know more.

 

For the record, I do in fact live in Norway, very close to Oslo (about 20 minutes from the government quarter where the bomb went off.)

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