Who would want to blow up Norway?
Okay, so maybe we all didn't have the same reaction. My first thought was to write a column for Examiner.com.
Also, it was to analyse the whole situation. Seriously, who would want to blow up Norway? It had all the hallways of an Al-Qaeda operation: coordinated strikes, but still missing the target.
But, still, why Norway? If AQ, then it would be because .... well, it was there ... or because Norway supported a Danish cartoonist several years ago during European-wide rioting. But even those felt sort of weak.
All in all, it was just weird.
So, of course, the perp turns out to be ... a blonde-haired, blue-eyed fascist.
Do you remember when I mentioned the Europe has problems? I said that Europe seems to have two settings, cower in a corner, or go fascist. Their idea of a Left and a Right are not America's. Their Left is Socialist. Their Right is Fascist. They don't really have a middle. Well, not much of one.
Consider politics as non-linear. Politics is not a straight line. In France, they have their parliament set up in a horseshoe-like arrangement, for each of their two hundred political parties. Because it is a curved horseshoe, the extreme right and the extreme left are very, very close to each other. The end result of the fascist and the socialist systems of the 1930s and the 1940s are the same -- they killed more of their own people than they ever did of the enemy.
Unfortunately, I'm waiting, just waiting, for some utter and complete idiot to say that this fascist schmuck is the symbol of everything wrong with the right, therefore it must be destroyed. All of them. Which is in itself its own kind of fascism.
I should probably rewrite that -- since there are people on the internet who are already doing just that. However, they don't count, because the Internet seems to be a gathering place for the loudest and the most ignorant. And the person who screams the loudest is the one who gets all of the attention.
So, a rewrite: I'm waiting, just waiting, for some utter and complete important idiot to say that the right must be destroyed.
However, right now, I'm going to make a bet. Someone is going to read the above, and they will dub me a right-wing extremist of some sort or another. No matter how many times I've noted my hatred for politics, politicians, and that my own politics depends on where the jury is sitting.
But, being a cynical SOB, right now, I want to see how the investigation goes. Because, as I noted above, this had all the earmarks of an AQ attack ... and there was talk some time ago about AQ having links to the Oklahoma City bombing.
I could just be paranoid, but I'll be interested to see where the trail ends.