It did not take long for the conspiracy theorists to come out on this one.
Probably the usual blame the Jews crap, but it did make me think about the potential for it to happen here.
Many Europeans, like many Americans are concerned about the influx of Islamic people and the long term effect that this may have on their safety and security.
Given that most terrorism has come from followers of Islam, in my opinion these fears really do have a validity that cannot be denied. Importing the Jihad is questionable policy. However, these fears are certainly cancelled out by acts such as this that bring on suffering equal to the worst that the Islamic fanatics are ever likely to do.
So what has it achieved other than to damage the anti Islamic immigration cause immensely. Anything that such an evil group as this is opposed to must be a good thing.
Could it happen here in the USA. Sure: why not? We have a higher percentage of armed xenophobic Christian fanatics than anywhere, especially Scandinavia. I can’t think of a single reason, other than that in the USA such a political event would probably have better security with many armed guards present. So they would have to choose a softer target.
In spite of my famous antipathy towards gross generalizations based on race, from my own experience I can only echo the sentiment expressed by so many: that the Norwegians are the most peaceful, open, calm and friendly people that you are likely to meet. They are also smart, brave and tough, so they will react appropriately. A side effect of this travesty is that this friendly, welcoming country is likely to change now, and that will be another tragedy because this world needs more people like them.