The scariest thing about today’s terror attacks in Norway is that they weren’t carried out by some lunatic jihadi group. Instead, they were carried out by a lunatic Norwegian Mason (no, seriously)
with an anti-Islamic grudge. Islamic terrorists are a finite threat. The habit of blowing stuff up to make random political points is not.
Of course when I read about it I assumed it was the work of some al Qaeda clone. And that’s precisely why I didn’t say anything about it until more facts came in. The right-wing bloggers who were in such a hurry to express their Islamophobia – to stir up, that is, precisely the sort of lunatic hatred that actuated Anders Behring Breivik – ought to be ashamed of themselves. But they won’t be.
But cheer up: at least the Republicans in Congress are making sure that the Department of Homeland Security takes no precautions against home-grown terrorism. All terrorists are Muslims.