Now that the 32 years old Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik has admitted, to his defence lawyer Geir Lippestad, responsibility for the Oslo bombing and the massacre at the youth camp, I am sure the visible minorities community in Norway will breath a collective sigh of relief. Not that such a reaction will bring back the dead, heal the injured, or lessen the pain of the living. But at least, the truth revealed itself just in time to avoid a backlash against those who had not committed the hideous crime.
With the influx of refugees and migrants of African origin into Europe, there is already an atmosphere of mistrust and anti-multiculturalism against "foreigners". And when an opportunistic extreme Islamic group had "gratuitously" claimed responsibility for the killing, the fuse of hatred was almost lit. Had the truth not surfaced from the statement of the 32 years old Norwegian, the extremists from both sides would have played up their agenda and caused more conflicts and trouble.
In response to several vicious attacks by islamic jihadists, many European countries are already facing a surge of right-wing extreme groups that spread the fear of a Muslim "take-over" and advocate the expulsion of immigrants. From a foreign policy perspective, each country is free to determine its future within the boundaries of its constitutions, domestic legislation, and international laws. But when violence is committed and justified as the only means to achieve a policy end, the news send a chill up the spines of those who are not part of the mainstream society. Let's hope that the democracy of policy formulation will always over-trump the bloody hands of home-grown terrorists, be they extreme jihadists or right-wing supremists.
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