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Submitted by Nora (United States), Jul 27, 2011 at 14:15

Behring Breivik's horrific actions might mean it is a "freakish exception" (let's hope it is), but I feel it is also an indicator of something Europe has needed to address. That being that not everyone is ready to welcome immigrants into a long-established country and culture, and then feel intimated by them, in some cases radical Islamists, into considering using Shari'a law in their countries. Suddenly, nations such as the U.K. and Scandinavia, have been forced to change to accommodate "offended" Muslims. Immigrants move in then start to dictate how the native population must behave. One can't expect people to not be concerned when terrorist activities become more commonplace. If people had not shut out the opposition but paid attention to why they are concerned, why they feel their way of life is being threatened, their culture somehow disrespected or even lost, maybe this massacre could have been averted. I'm certainly not ruling out that possibility. All opinions need to be heard and considered.

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