[lit-ideas] Re: Norway -- condolences

  • From: Torgeir Fjeld <torgeir_fjeld@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2011 02:05:42 +0100 (BST)

Thanks to those who have expressed their sympathy with our predicament on o 
list. An entire generation of young politicians has been killed or deeply 
wounded. A whole country has been moved to tears by the hatred of one 
perpetrator. Remember, though, that hatred cannot be defeated with hatred. As 
Stine Renate Håheim -- a talented young politician who survived the attack -- 
put it on CNN, "if one man can demonstrate so much hatred, image how much love 
we, as a community, can mobilize." 

At the rally in Oslo today 200.000 people showed their  love of democracy, 
outrage at this senseless act of terror, and their grief and sympathy with the 
bereaved and those afflicted. These brutal and cowardly attacks affect all 
who feel attached to the political  system, youth culture and even national 
values: the King said that our  sense of freedom, openness and well-being shall 
not be destroyed by this  cowardly attack. 

Let us now ensure that the person/s who committed  these atrocities are not 
allowed to decide on the agenda. Let us not allow him and those who support the 
ideas that  provided justifications for his acts to become centre-pieces of our 
conversations and our strengthened  belief in democracy, difference and 

torgeir_fjeld@xxxxxxxx        // Ph: (+47) 47851394

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