Yesterday I was bothered about my fear of hurting people. Maybe in today’s world it’s not such a bad thing, though. It’s definitely better to be on that side of the fence than on the side terrorists occupy. It was so horribly distressing to see the news about the bomb in Oslo, and then to have it followed up by the shootings at the camp. 87 people killed because of one man’s neurosis.
BBC news reported last night that Norwegians were saying they weren’t prepared to speculate on who was responsible for the bomb, whether it was a lone wolf gone crazy or Muslim fundamentalism. Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store said the fact that the suspect is a blond Norwegian man makes it very important to let the police do their work before jumping to conclusions. He added that we’ve seen European politicians making decisions before investigations were complete and they didn’t want to make the same mistake.
Good for him. A news commentator did mention, though, that this could be a reprisal for the Lars Vilks cartoon about Muhammad which was published in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. It has been reported that fundamentalists are seeking more outlying targets. Perhaps because security has got too tight in their normal target areas. That’s such a scary thought. Well, it’s possible that this is a fundamentalist plot, but only time and good investigation will reveal the truth.
This mass murderer could have been on some kind of narcissistic, psychopathic rampage. Not that the end result is any different. I guess it just means that the level of fear amongst the public will either settle down or soar out of control as it did in the US. Somehow I don’t think that will happen in Norway. For one they don’t have Fox News or George Bush or a bunch of greedy Republicans who want to preserve their status quo no matter what the cost to the rest of the country.
I believe Norwegians will stay sane. But what’s so alarming about something like this is that there are so many people in the world who have lost their way and they can now can so easily wreak such havoc. It doesn’t even take that much organization. And it just takes one person. The breakdown of Western Civilization. I feel for Norwegians. Even for those not directly or indirectly hurt the shock must have been horrific. This is the first terrorist attack in Norway ever. May they never have another.