When I first heard the news of the massacre at Utoya, I knew immediately what to think: the Islamists had struck again. To anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of terrorist tactics, the hallmarks of Al Qaeda attack were glaringly obvious. Yet the cowardly ostriches of the mainstream media, terrified of offending the sensibilities of their liberal masters, refused to acknowledge the obvious signs of jihadist activity. They turned a blind eye to the ideological context of the shooting, and focused only on an individual they naively suggested may have acted alone.
Since then it has transpired that the attacks were carried out, not by an Islamist, but by an enthusiastic supporter of far right groups, particularly those who campaign against the "Islamification" of Europe.
I should now like to emphasise that it is absurdly premature to draw conclusions about the motivations of the man behind this terrible act. In all likelihood this was the act of a crazed lone individual. Certainly, his political views and ideological affiliations are utterly irrelevant to what happened. I urge all those in the media to resist the urge to score cheap political points at a time like this.