by Doctor Science
When I saw the pictures of today's Oslo bombing, I was immediately reminded of an American terrorist attack -- not 9/11, but Oklahoma City. The first reports were that the bombing -- and the related massacre at a Youth Labor Camp -- were due to Al-Qaeda or other "jihadi" organizations.
But just as in OKC, this was homegrown terrorism -- and by as Aryan a specimen as you could hope to see:
Anders Behring Breivik's Facebook photo
Not just Aryan in appearance, either -- Breivik was arrested 10 years ago -- with explosives, police uniforms and guns.(my info is from a Norwegian e-friend's translation; GoogleTranslate is hilarious yet cryptic.) And his Facebook page says he's Christian.
Thinking about this, I'm prepared to make a sweeping generalization. If a government building is attacked, it's not truly foreign terrorists: it's either an individual or small group with a grievance that is way out of the mainstream, or it's an organized rebel or separatist group. Basically, to foreign terrorists the point is to target civilians, as many as possible; only domestic terrorists (or rebels) are opposed to the *government*, specifically.
All my sympathies go out to the victims and the rest of the people of Norway. It's a small, tight-knit country, and I imagine almost everyone will find they're only one, two, or three links away from one of the victims. The shock will reverberate for years or decades.