Norway attacks: World press reaction

A Norwegian flag among flowers left by people in memory of the victims killed in twin terror attacks on 22 July Dozens were killed and injured in the twin attacks in Oslo and on Utoeya island

The Oslo bombing and subsequent gun massacre at the youth camp on Utoeya Island at the hands of suspect Anders Behring Breivik has attracted comment from press all over the world.

Whilst the world's press was almost entirely united in condemning the attacks, reaction varied from country to country, with commentators drawing what lessons they could for their own domestic audience.

Russian editorials said that the attacks were a lesson in the failings of Western liberal society, whilst those from Islamic nations said that extremism and terrorism can appear almost anywhere, whilst expressing dismay that the early finger of blame pointed toward Islamist militants.

Gerd Nowakowski in Berlin's Der Tagesspiegel

The attacks have brought terror back to Europe. The events in Europe's most affluent country make clear how vulnerable every democratic and open society is. But no-one in Europe should take any comfort that it wasn't al-Qaeda who carried out the attacks.

Pierre Rousselin in France's Le Figaro

Ten years after the attacks of 11 September 2001 and some months after his death, it is worrying to see the legacy of Bin Laden taken up by fundamentalism from the opposite end of the spectrum. This is a danger that European countries must take seriously to ensure that the murderous fury of the Oslo killer remains an isolated tragedy.

Urayb al-Rintawi in Jordan's Al-Dustur

We were terrified by the accusing finger - even before investigations were over - pointed at al-Qaeda, the Middle East, Arabs and Muslims in this crime, even before the smoke of the explosion cleared... Terror knows no religion, race, colour or ethnicity.

Ra'uf Shuhuri in Lebanon's Al-Anwar

It has become clear from the Norway massacre and the Oklahoma City bombing that fanaticism under any religious cloak, whether Islamic, Christian or Jewish has nothing to do with religion.

Editorial in UAE's Al-Bayan

European countries should immediately reconsider their media policies and school curricula to take away all texts that encourage violence and hatred of others, and the clash of civilizations.

Banafsheh Gholami in Tehran's hardline Iran

The deadly attacks in the Norwegian capital Oslo have engulfed the whole of Europe with right-wing terror... The rightist extremists of Europe should not be considered a different phenomenon from al-Qaeda. Their tactics exhibited in the bombing and armed attack in Norway do not differ in nature from attacks by al-Qaeda.

Editorial in Israel's Jerusalem Post

Perhaps Breivik's inexcusable act of vicious terror should serve not only as a warning that there may be more elements on the extreme Right willing to use violence to further their goals, but also as an opportunity to seriously re-evaluate policies for immigrant integration in Norway and elsewhere.

Editorial in Pakistan's Nawa-i-Waqt

We believe whatever be the background of the incident, it has exposed one fact that extremist elements are there in other religions particularly Hindus and Christians, which feel no hesitance in destroying world peace for their religious goals… The Norwegian tragedy is no doubt an eye-opener for the so-called civilized Western society.

Editorial in Pakistan Observer

Luckily for Pakistan and rest of the Muslim world, the stone-hearted perpetrator of the dastardly act of killing 92 people is a right-wing Christian extremist. We say this because God forbid if he had Muslim identity it would have provided yet another excuse to the US led allies to further strangulate the Islamic countries by starting propaganda tirade against them.

Editorial in India's Rashtriya Sahara

This Norwegian killer is said to be a Christian fanatic and wanted to run a campaign against Islamic jihadis. This hatred poses the biggest threat to the world today, which is created from self-made fear. This very fear in Pakistan is responsible for its hatred toward India, which it tries to eliminate through terrorist acts. In this situation, it is better that both countries continue to be engaged in dialogue.

Article in Russia's Moskovskiy Komsomolets

What did the individual terrorist Breivik rebel against? He rebelled against the very idea of contemporary European society, the suicidal idea of multi-culture, tolerance and satiation.

Vladislav Vorobyev in Russia's Rossiyskaya Gazeta

Now there is no doubt that the multicultural model of development of Western Europe has to be given up as a hopeless case... Under these conditions favourable for neo-Nazis the number of Breiviks in Europe will only grow each year.

Editorial in China's state-owned Global Times

It now seems that no country can be entirely immune from terrorism. It is on the rise in China too... The world seems to have come a long way to reduce unfairness and prevent mass killings. For some time, there was hope that long-lasting peace was possible. But now such hopes are fading as society can easily be terrorized by one deranged individual. The Oslo bombing and subsequent gun massacre at the youth camp on Utoeya Island at the hands of suspect Anders Behring Breivik has attracted comment from press all over the world.

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