Two years ago, on July 22nd, Norway stopped. We had been living in a bubble, believing nothing bad would ever happen here. Terrorism was known to happen elsewhere, and even though a few Norwegians had ended up in the line of fire – as collateral damage – most of us truly believed that mass murder and bombs was a thing of the past. Even many of our politicians believed that Norway would be a sanctuary from terror. Some of us, a tiny minority, who work with national security at a daily basis, believed it was a matter of time, and even we didn’t see the lone wolf plotting to bomb our capital, and shoot kids before it was to late.
His bomb killed 8, his guns 69 more. Several hundred was injured, and many of the kids from Utøya still suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
After the dust settled, people were mad. Mad at the gouvernment who let something like this happen. Mad at the police and the army for not being able to stop him faster. But most of all mad at Breivik for doing this act of terrorism. The people of Norway shouted for gis blood. This is when a girl, who lost several friends at Utøya said the following:
Om én mann kan vise så mye hat, tenk hvor mye kjærlighet vi alle kan vise sammen – If one man has so much hate, just think how much love we all can show together!
The Norwegians went to the streets, a lot of people – around 250.000 in Oslo alone if I remember correctly – with roses. No posters of hate, no slogans of hate, no acts of hate. No, the Norwegian people decided to forget the lone wolf, and spend their energy mourning, and remembering, those we lost that day.
Don’t hate, love!
It was a strong message, and the foreign press had serious problems trying to explain it. Try it yourself. A man blows up a bomb in your capital, and then proceeds to shoot 69 young people on an island nearby! Would your fellow citizens march through the streets with roses, or would they scream bloody murder?
This is the Norwegian mentality, and that’s why most Norwegians are against the death penalty. Why focus on the bastard who did it, when you gain so much when focusing on those that died?
Yes, I know. You don’t want to pay keeping them alive in prison. It’s costing you a lot in taxes to run the maximum security prisons. And they should pay for what they did.
It’s true that my tax money is hard at work keeping Breivik behind bars, but that’s a price I’m willing to pay, because I know that whenever his terrorism comes up as a subject, people start thinking of roses, love, and those that died. We’re not afraid. We don’t hate. He lost! And, he’s alive, so he knows he lost! And he will know that for the rest of his natural life.
Still, Breivik is one of a kind. He spent at least seven years planning his terror. What about “normal” murderers? People who kill one or two, and then get chaught? I firmly believe that by putting them in a cell, they’ll see the error of their way. Sooner or later what they did will sink in, and they’ll feel guilty. Killing a human is doing something to your mind. Even soldiers in a war zone know that. And I’m sure the executioner can feel it too.
I am opposed to state sanctioned murder. I am opposed to the eye for an eye line of thought. I am all for love!
I bet a lot of people will disagree, and I hope they’ll tell me so in the comments they leave behind! Let’s discuss this.