After Oslo Attack, Challenges of Multiculturalism Brought to Light

Monday, July 25, 2011

Injured people lay on the ground at the site of an explosion near the government buildings in Norway's capital Oslo on July 22, 2011. (Holm Morten/AFP/Getty)

The country of Norway observed a period of silence this morning for the victims of the attacks that took place on Friday. Anders Behring Breivik, an apparent right-wing extremist and Christian fundamentalist, is being held after apparently targeting Norway's government institutions for their liberal policies toward immigration. The combined death toll from the bombing in Oslo and shooting on the island of Utoya now stands at 93, with 97 injured. 

Marcus Buck, Professor of Political Science at the University of Tromso, and Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Professor of Social Anthropology at Oslo University talk about the role of multiculturalism in Norway and the threat of right-wing extremism.


Marcus Buck and Thomas Hylland Eriksen

Produced by:

Duncan Wilson

Comments [6]

benjoya from brooklyn

i notice the word "terrorist" is reserved for brown people. funny how that works.

Jul. 26 2011 09:44 AM
rem mills from westfield, N.J.

The radical, extremist right wing terrorist and "christian conservative" who killed more than 90 people in Oslo made a terrible mistake. He blamed the Socialist government for the immigration and multiculturalism (read Muslim infiltration) he despised.

The left wing government of Norway is not the main culprit in bringing immigrants into the country. . Mainly right wing billionaires and millionaires caused this immigration.. They are looking for cheap (shall we say "scab") labor to make themselves richer at the public's expense. Exploit the cheap labor and leave the social consequences to the people. If Norwegians have high labor standards, destroy them to make a profit..

These billionaires and millionaires are the same type of profiteers who fund the Tea Party and other obnoxious front groups that screw up people's minds in this country.

So our Oslo near Nazi is a dupe as well as a dope. But I think his outrageous act will create a powerful reaction against right wing lunacy.

Jul. 25 2011 10:49 PM
Robert Stewart from Maine

Please do not think that Norway or indeed any where in western Europe is unsafe compared to the US. I am a dual citizen and feel that the ongoing spate of mass killings in the US go largely forgotten. Until it happens again and again. The difference in the details are slim between Oslo and Oklahoma. The difference in motives are slightly greater between anywhere USA and say Oslo or London or anywhere else in the world.
But the end result is the same. Sadly, tragically, more dead people for whatever reason in the US than perhaps anywhere else for whatever reason. The definition for a terrorist has been obscured for political reasons in this country such that a "terrorist act" has to have a well defined political agenda. Hate crimes have their own category as do the lone sociopath that takes 5-30+ lives on a university campus. Let us not forget the Abortion Clinic bombings/shootings of years past.

Just because you don't leave behind a 1500 page manifesto does not mean you aren't a terrorist.

Jul. 25 2011 10:17 AM

forgive me, this is a minor point,but i feel compelled to say this. it strikes me, how, one of the speakers in this segment,mentions that, "this sort of thing can happen anywhere". juxtapose that,with countless violent crime situations in the u.s.,where we get the same silly,if not asinine answer,after a murderous event; "i never thought this could happen here,not in this neighborhood". one would think, that out of originality,if not for any other reason, at the very least,someone, would think to say, something other than this idiocy. and yes, my heart does very much go out to norway,and the fallen, in this monsterous maniacal act.

Jul. 25 2011 09:20 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Not to mention that in this case the agnosticism and relativism of Europe has resulted in declining birth rates and indeed more immigrants and a change in European culture.

Jul. 25 2011 06:23 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Sometimes people blame terrorist actions on anyone who believes in something. One should be agnostic, any actual belief is dangerous. But the opposite is true. We must place the blame at the feet of the agnostics because peope would rather believe anything rather than nothing, so instead of being critical in what they believe, people grab on to anything.

A man would rather make the void his purpose/
Than be void of purpose. Nietzsche

Jul. 25 2011 06:22 AM

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