Thursday, July 28, 2011
Norway's Bloodied Youth and the Porcelain Unicorn
When I think about the traumatized youth of Norway, and what a right-wing monster did to so many of their finest future leaders.
I can't help wondering why oh why couldn't the police get there sooner?
But then I read this story.
And the anwer seems obvious. Nobody could have imagined somebody would want to murder such fine young people. And Norway wasn't a police state, and doesn't want to become one.
The prime minister of Norway acknowledged yesterday that his country had fundamentally changed as a result of the attacks on a youth camp and government complex last week, but he vowed to protect the culture of openness that is a source of Norwegian pride.
“I think what we have seen is that there is going to be one Norway before and one Norway after July 22,’’ he said. “But I hope and also believe that the Norway we will see after will be more open, a more tolerant society than what we had before.’’
But still it's so hard to accept. And for some reason I can't help thinking of a video I saw recently.
And wonder why couldn't someone, anyone, or anything, have stopped that right-wing Christianist monster?
And where was the porcelain unicorn when we needed one so badly?
There was no porcelain unicorn. Nothing could have saved them from that fascist beast.
But at least those noble, idealistic, young progressives didn't die for nothing.
The right-wing threat has been exposed for all to see.
Norway will not surrender to fear or bigotry.
And the kids will REMEMBER....