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We recognise Anders Breivik as an outlier, who does not represent our civilisation—yet we continue to misclassify Arab extremists

I am having trouble expelling the Norwegian terrorist, Anders Behring Breivik, from my mind. Ever since it emerged that Islamist extremism was not the bogeyman behind Norway’s day of murder, it has been difficult to agree on a language or way of thinking about the attacks.

The diffidence and confusion, in the middle of Norway’s extreme grief, has been understandable. Breivik’s 25th July court appearance briefly posed the dilemma…

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