ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Atrocities in Norway

What is this environment in Norway in which a man like Anders Behring Breivik can go on a carefully planned killing of 77 people? Breivik developed his ideas at a time when fringe groups and thinkers were able to develop a feeling of Islamophobia in Norwegian society. Conservative political parties in Norway too argue that Islamist forces have entrenched themselves as enclaves in society. However, after the horror of 22 July, there have been concerns about Islamophobic sentiments in public media and forums. Perhaps in the end the wake-up call that Breivik sought may have the opposite effect of what he intended.
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