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Norway horror shows fundamentalism not pluralism is biggest threat to world

Response of Norwegian people to the killings displayed courage beyond all expectations, writes Louis Jacob

Published 31/07/2011 | 05:00

A fundamentalist is a fundamentalist, no matter what sex, race or religion. Last week, the Norwegian people taught us all a valuable lesson. When faced with an atrocity born out of fundamentalism, they chose pluralism as a response.

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The clear message was that while Norway would never be the same again, its people would respond to the attacks with more freedom, more openness and more religious tolerance.

In the midst of the confusion last weekend, most of us will admit to a withering assumption that what was unfolding in front of us was born out of Islamic fundamentalism. When the truth came through, it stunned us. It shouldn't have, but it did.

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