“No one will bomb us to silence. No one will shoot us to silence. No one will ever scare us away from being Norway”

Posted: 23 July 2011 in life
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Flag of NorwayThe magnitude of the events in Norway yesterday are almost beyond comprehension. The country has suffered its worst post World War II attack with at least 7 people dead in an bomb blast in Oslo, another 84 shot dead on the tiny island of Utoeya.

When I woke up this morning and read that the death toll at the youth camp had been set at over 80 I thought it must be a hideous misprint. What kind of evil incarnate could gun down that number of innocents? The knee jerk reaction was to blame Islamic fundamentalists but this seems to have been an act of domestic rather than international terrorism – what is being dubbed as Norway’s Oklahoma City as opposed to Norway’s 9/11. Isn’t it strange how every act of terrorism in the 21st century is now equated to what has happened to the Americans? Terrorism hit the rest of the world long before the USA suffered attacks on their home soil.

The suspect arrested for the attacks in Norway is Anders Behring Breivik, a 32-year old who holds right-wing views. On a Facebook page attributed to him, he describes himself as a Christian and a conservative. At the moment it appears that Breivik is a “lone wolf” terrorist, acting alone outside of any organised command structure, but of course there is always the possibility that a far larger right-wing organisation exists within Norway. Over the last year the Norwegian police had noted an increase in activity within the right-wing factions but had considered them to be disorganised and uncoordinated.

Norway has traditionally been an extremely open society with the royal family, politicians and other noted individuals mixing freely with the rest of the population. The country does its best to stay away from international conflict but when it does get involved it’s usually with the best of motives and on the right side of an argument, as was the case with the recent awarding of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize to to imprisoned Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo “for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China”.

Norwegian prime minister Jens Stoltenberg has promised that Norway would not be “bombed into silence”. He also stated, “You will not destroy us. You will not destroy our democracy or our ideals for a better world”.

It’s highly doubtful that Norway will now manufacture evidence for an illegal war, throw the rights of its citizens out of the window, or detain individuals without trial and torture them. This is Norway where democracy clearly matters, not the United States of America where the constitution is an ever-increasingly irrelevant historical document.

  1. Sarah says:

    He’s a Christian zionist. When they say they will “not be silenced”, they are talking about not being silenced in their advocacy for Palestinian rights. This attack came just days after the government of Norway announced that it will support Palestinian statehood at the UN in September, and a couple of days after the summer camp that was attacked held a rally in support of Palestinian rights.

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