It appears that homegrown terrorism can occur even in a tiny country (demographically) like Norway. The implications of his manifesto probably will require multi-disciplinary study but they reveal that the cultural and economic impacts of the Islamic migration on the west and events against Western interests have created a disturbing undercurrent of nativism and reaction that will be heard from elsewhere.
Given the events at Ft. Hood and the Oklahoma City bombing it is not just militaries that now rely on recruiting among ethnic populations to maintain their effectiveness but societies writ large. So what exactly is USA policy on multiculturalism and ethnic identification and integration into the wider social web?
Clearly the powers that be in both the USA and elsewhere are worried that should people identify themselves not as White, Black, Asian, but in categories that would lump all those with some mixed ethnic background as other might even now show that the “other” is the majority in the USA.
White only is rarely the case in the USA today and those self-identifying often overlook their true racial or ethnic mixtures.
Our President probably could have facilitated a more accurate and more effective approach to ethnic and racial identification over the next century but has deliberately chosen not to do so.
Because of the implicit racism imbedded in the American polity I have received no dissents when stating that if President Obama had married a White woman he never would have been President makes me wonder whether marrying Michelle all along had implications for understanding Barack H. Obama.
Personally I don’t consider President Obama a black or white President but one of the “other” and wondering when a “black” President will actually be voted into office. More and more it looks like Obama was a historical fluke and with the record turnout of black voters in 2008 ( WAPO estimates 90-95% of elgible black voters turned out and voted for Obama) it is unlikely that such a turnout will occur again. This could cost the President Virginia and North Carolina in 2012.
So where does this leave US? Remember that the far right has historic resonance in Norway and elsewhere in Western Europe so it will be interesting to watch official and unofficial reactions to this tragic event.
And of course what I found interesting after the Oklahoma City bombing was that the issues of radicalism in the US military went essentially unexamined. Nor did the Black Muslim roots in the military of the DC shooter the fall of 2001 receive much attention.
And now of course the dirty little secret of the US military is that fewer and fewer black soldiers, sailors and airmen are successfully recruited into that stepladder for the success of the US underclass. Asians and Hispanics more than welcome in the miltary but fewer blacks as the year goes by. The implicit racism of the country now effectively being utilized to discriminate against blacks who want to join up.
And of course racial and ethnic statistics for the US military year by year are NOT available.
But my guess is whether civilian or military the Norwegian event could well occur here and in particular with assault weaponary readily available even to the mentally ill.