Norway, one of the happiest, most free and democratic nations in the world according to mulitple measures, suffered a terrorist attack on Friday by a lunatic possible anarchist from their far right who plotted this savage attack on a summer youth camp that is a training ground for future political leaders of the ruling Labour Party. More than 80 people are dead in an act of senseless violence in a world of senseless violence, most likely because this freak didn't like foreigners. Here's some key words from a 1000+ page manifesto of the murderer:
Let us hope that the US (Democratic and Republican party) allows us, their European cultural and economical crown vassals, to liberate ourselves and deport the Muslims without them militarily intervening.
Now is not the time to draw parallels between the anti-immigrant rhetoric of those on the right in our own country, instead I hope we draw some inspiration from the response of Norway's leader, who doesn't talk about revenge or war or upending the rights and freedoms of his citizens as a result of this terroristic act, but instead for more freedom. Sort of the exact opposite of the response of American politicians and policymakers to pretty much everything over the past decade.
"We must never cease to stand up for our values. We have to show that our open society can pass this test too, and that the answer to violence is even more democracy, even more humanity, but never naivete. That is what we owe to the victims and those who hold them dear."