Sunday, July 24, 2011

Black July

While there is plenty of time to argue about determinants and analogies of the Oslo-Utoya atrocities, one quick point: the well-intentioned but apparently inept police response recalls strongly the events of the Munich Olympics massacre in 1972: a police force -- and a country -- completely unprepared for the nature of the threat they were dealing with as it unfolded, and misled by assumptions about the character of their countries into underestimating the depravity of their opponents.

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