WORD ON GLOBAL POWER STRUGGLE: The bombing in Oslo, Norway, and the mass shooting of youngsters at a youth camp near the capital two hours later on Friday are embroiled in tragic irony, following a distinctly more peaceful approach to global policies by the Norwegian government.
A large explosion tore apart government offices in Oslo on Friday afternoon, killing seven people and injuring many more, inside and outside the buildings in the city centre.
Later the same day, a lone gunman dressed in a police uniform opened fire on people attending a Labour Party youth camp on an island at Tyrifjorden Lake, where at least 10 people were reportedly killed. One eyewitness said he saw 20 bodies.
Norwegian police caught the gunman (a Norwegian man) alive; however, no one has claimed responsibility for the bomb attacks in the city.
In a Friday evening speech, Norwegian Prime Minister Mr Jens Stoltenberg said whoever was behind the attacks ‘will not destroy our democracy’.
“No one will bomb us into silence… No one will scare us from being Norway,” he said.
US president Barack Obama immediately labelled the blast a ‘terrorist attack’ and said it was a ‘reminder that the entire international community has a stake in preventing this kind of terror from occurring’.
Obama’s reaction follows recent pressure from the US on Norway to contribute more in Libya military campaign.
Norway has been resisting that pressure and pushing for a more peaceful approach to the US-led NATO attacks on Libya and refused to provide weapons to NATO, finally announcing last month that Norway would quit its military role in Libya by August 1.
In March, as the US was rallying unilateral support to invade Libya, Norway’s minister of foreign affairs Mr Jonas Gahr Støre was one of the few nations to warn the US against armed intervention in Libya.
Norway initially supplied six fighter jets for Libya operations and has carried out about 10% of the Libya strikes since 1st March. However, US officials singled out Norway and Denmark for their ‘lack of commitment’ to mission to oust Gaddafi.
The Oslo bombing also has the hallmarks of the 9/11 World Trade Center attack in New York and the 7/7 London bombings. As with those two incidents, Oslo police had conducted uncannily similar training scenarios just 48 hours before the bombing.
“In the case of the London bombings, a consultancy agency with government and police connections was running an exercise for an unnamed company that revolved around the London Underground being bombed at the exact same times and locations as happened in real life on the morning of July 7th, a ‘coincidence’ many skeptics of the official story have dismissed as a statistical impossibility,” American reporter Alex Jones wrote on his website.
In March, the oil industry criticized Norway for rejecting offshore drilling for oil. The Norwegian government did not allow an environmental impact assessment to go ahead off its oil-rich coastline, due to fears of damaging the marine ecosystem.
Other Norway-Libya links include Norway’s major oil- and fertilizer-related interests in Libya: the Norwegian state-owned Statoil, which has about 30 employees at its Tripoli offices. Statoil is set to make billions of Krone (NOK) every time the price if oil is increased.
Both businesses have conducted major business operations in Libya, in co-operation with Gadhafi’s regime.