Thursday, August 4, 2011

Poor police response, not supposed softness towards terrorism, worsened Norway’s atrocity

Over at CAP, Eric Alterman has excoriated conservative blogger Jennifer Rubin for her misguided initial columns about Norway.  Eric is right that she rushed to judgment in blaming Islamic jihadists, and that she was too slow to correct an erroneous column. But he makes a more interesting point, too. Rubin’s arguments about this atrocity don’t make sense, even on its own terms. Her arguments wouldn’t have been very sensible, even if the killer really had been a jihadi terrorist, rather than the right-wing terrorist he actually was.

I would add that the poor response of Norwegian law enforcement, not any supposed softness towards terrorism, offers real lessons. More here.

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