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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Norway Massacre - Who's To Blame?

The route Anders Breivik took on Utoya Island

Now the blame game begins – what caused this terrible act, what made him do it? Muslim immigration has caused such huge problems in host countries around the world, criticism and anger about it has been coming from everywhere for years. The hatred is so deep that a member of France’s far-right National Front, Jacques Coutela, was suspended for calling Breivik "an icon” on his blog and had to replace it with a note saying that he denounced his actions.

The head of the Social Democratic Party in Germany, Sigmar Gabriel, said yesterday that a trend toward xenophobia and nationalism in the region were to blame and said “naturally on the margins of society, there will be crazy people who feel legitimized in taking harder measures.”

The Danish government have just recently co-operated with the far-right Danish People’s Party (DPP) by reinstating border controls. The DPP is a key supporter of Denmark’s Liberal-led coalition and keeping Muslims out of Denmark is an easy way to win votes, especially among the older generation. But some people would like to link Breivik to mainstream politicians and groups like the English Defence League to prove their case that xenophobia is dangerous and can kill.

After this terrible event, keeping watch over radical extremists everywhere in Europe has gone into overdrive and debate has begun on how best to crack down on them. But experts warn that banning political parties or groups could have a negative effect, driving individuals even further from mainstream dialogue and into violent solutions.