In a slight case of jumping the proverbial gun, Rupert Murdoch’s The Sun hedged their bets on the recent tragedy in Norway being caused by Al-Qaeda.
Was there any evidence at all this was the case, any indication that Al-Qaeda or any foreign group was involved?
A very short time later, Norwegian police announced the arrest of 32-year-old ethnic Norwegian, Christian fundamentalist, Anders Behring Breivik.
Norway’s Police commissioner Sevinung Sponheim released a statement stating
“He has certain political traits that lean to the right and are anti-Muslim but it is too early to say if that was the motive for his actions.”
This quote brings us neatly to Australia’s own Andrew Bolt, who jumped at the chance to use this tragedy to push his own ideological barrow with a timely warning that:
‘Once the identity of the attackers becomes known, the consequences for Norway’s immigration policies could be profound.’
What won’t be profound will be the consequences of racially profiling terrorists in the media and using the suffering of victims to push an agenda of anti-immigration.
In fact, I imagine there will be none.
The terrorist in question will be referred to as an anomaly, a lone nut and rightly so if the evidence indicates this.
However would this be the response if he happened to be a different nationality, belief system, and/or political leaning?
The fact that the murderer was a right-wing leaning, islamaphobe could be taken as a warning of the extreme consequences of xenophobia, extreme nationalism and the politics of hate, but don’t expect to read that in the media that thrive on such ideals.
Jayson D Cooke