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Norway's Tragedy [Jul. 23rd, 2011|11:20 pm]
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I can't begin to express my sorrow for Norway and the victims of the tragedies there...I've been trying to think how to say what I feel and it's just...not...coming out right.   When I've visited a place, there's more sense of connection--I suppose that's natural, but...my brief visit to Norway in 2005 was very special to me.  Oslo was a delight; the people were wonderful to me.  I walked down those very streets; I saw those very buildings,  I got lost (twice) and friendly, open-hearted Norwegians helped me get back where I needed to be.   I enjoyed every moment of my time in Norway, and I grieve for its losses, which are both physical and emotional.  


[User Picture]From: ebeeman
2011-07-24 01:32 pm (UTC)
I also was overwhelmingly shocked by this... my first thought was that the number of victims was a typo.

This does make me wonder if perhaps youths in more countries than just Israel should be educated in unarmed combat, on the premise that someone in the classroom should know how to stop a murderer.

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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-07-24 04:56 pm (UTC)
Richard and I have had this discussion, in light of the school massacres here, and had it again last night, in reference to Norway. It is clear that SWAT teams take a long time to arrive and are unwilling to engage until they know what's going on...while the killings continue. The people on scene need to know what to do and be psychologically prepared to do it.

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[User Picture]From: janne
2011-07-24 10:21 pm (UTC)
Norway has a similar system of military service for 18-year olds, so it is entirely possible some of those on the island had that kind of training. Unarmed combat is unfortunately not much use against somebody firing at automatic at you from several meters away. (According to one eyewitness account I read, one young man actually tried to charge the killer when the shooting started; he was immediately shot down.)
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[User Picture]From: redvixen
2011-07-24 03:17 pm (UTC)
Any act of terrorism is a shock to the world. An act of terrorism in a country known for it's peaceful nature is a double shock. My heart goes out to the entire country because they are all victims.

I can only hope that the inherent strength of their culture and themselves as a people keep them from changing too drastically. There is always change when tragedy occurs. I would hate to see their open-hearted nature change but this will change part of that nature.
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[User Picture]From: dr_phil_physics
2011-07-24 10:01 pm (UTC)
How quick was the speculation that this was "Muslim terrorists", but once it turned out to be much more like Oklahoma City, the U.S. news organizations seem not to be very interested in it. I've heard much more from overseas online acquaintances.

Local paper said that the police "did not have access to a helicopter" and "couldn't find a boat" to get to the island. For 90 minutes.

Tragedy compounded.

Dr. Phil
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