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« on: July 23, 2011, 03:39 »
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All my heartfelt sympathies to those affected by the tragedy in Norway.
« Last Edit: July 23, 2011, 03:41 by etienjones »


rubyroo

« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2011, 04:43 »
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Yes indeed.  Such dreadful news this morning of this appalling act.  My heart goes out to all those affected, directly or indirectly.

Thank God the man was captured quickly, and can't cause any more devastation.  
« Last Edit: July 23, 2011, 05:25 by rubyroo »

« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2011, 06:36 »
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What a stupid thing this was! What can possibly be the political purpose of killing youngsters in a summer camp? :(

I got news from a photo colleague, her daughter works near the building that was bombed, the windows in her office were shattered but she is fine.

Leaf, everything ok with you and your family?

« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2011, 09:06 »
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It's insane, literally. The triumph of unreason in the mind of someone with a "belief" that he has a mission.

Condolences to the victims' families and friends.

« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2011, 10:39 »
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What a stupid thing this was! What can possibly be the political purpose of killing youngsters in a summer camp? :(

I got news from a photo colleague, her daughter works near the building that was bombed, the windows in her office were shattered but she is fine.

Leaf, everything ok with you and your family?

Yeah,  my family all live about an hour's drive away from all that happened so all is well with us, thanks.

very surreal and tragic

« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2011, 10:42 »
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crazy, so crazy... :(

all my sympathies...

« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2011, 12:42 »
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Deepest sympathies for all those touched by this man's insanity. Today's NY Times is saying he's a Norwegian unhappy with multi-culturalism. In some senses it doesn't matter what his "cause" was given the awful things he did, but that seemed so sad.

« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2011, 12:49 »
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It doesn't look like many from my region are missing. I hope they all are safe. This is a crazy act by a crazy man, and even though it feels terrible, it is not religious terror. Neither the christian church, nor islam, should get any of the blame for this act.

The prime minister's advice to work even harder for humanity, democracy and to stand up against nationalism and rasism is something I will follow, I hope you will join us in that battle, in memory of all the children that were killed.

The major of Oslo asked us to give our love to anyone that were hurt by this action, but also to love our children, and raise them to be caring and good human beings. The only way to fight this type of crime is with love.

ShadySue

« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2011, 14:49 »
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I was absolutely shocked. Great sympathy to all involved directly and indirectly. The Norwegians I've seen interviewed have reacted with incredible strength and grace. I hope you can all support each other through this. Sadly, things won't be the same again.

lisafx

« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2011, 17:38 »
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Such terrible news.  My sympathies and prayers to all affected.  It's very frightening to see this type of poison spread to such a peaceful country.

« Reply #10 on: July 24, 2011, 03:21 »
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These attacks just make us more determined not to give in to extreme views.  I hope one day the extremists realise that killing ordinary people doesn't enhance their ideology, it just destroys lives.

« Reply #11 on: July 24, 2011, 05:12 »
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Til Ungdommen
av Nordahl Grieg (1936)

Kringsatt av Fiender,
g inn i din tid!
Under en blodig storm -
vi deg til strid!

Kanskje du spr i angst,
udekket, pen:
hva skal jeg kjempe med
hva er mitt vpen?

Her er ditt vern mot vold,
her er ditt sverd:
troen p livet vrt,
menneskets verd.

For all vr fremtids skyld,
sk det og dyrk det,
d om du m - men:
k det og styrk det!

Stilt gr granatenes
glidende bnd
Stans deres drift mot dd
stans dem med nd!

Krig er forakt for liv.
Fred er skape.
Kast dine krefter inn:
dden skal tape!

Elsk og berik med drm
alt stort som var!
G mot det ukjente
fravrist det svar.

Ubygde kraftverker,
ukjente stjerner.
Skap dem, med sknet livs
dristige hjerner!

Edelt er mennesket,
jorden er rik!
Finnes her nd og sult
skyldes det svik.

Knus det! I livets navn
skal urett falle.
Solskinn og brd og nd
eies av alle.

Da synker vpnene
maktesls ned!
Skaper vi menneskeverd
skaper vi fred.

Den som med hyre arm
brer en byrde,
dyr og umistelig,
kan ikke myrde.

Dette er lftet vrt
fra bror til bror:
vi vil bli gode mot
menskenes jord.

Vi vil ta vare p
skjnnheten, varmen
som om vi bar et barn
varsomt p armen!


      

English translation
By Rod Sinclair (2004)


Faced by your enemies
On every hand
Battle is menacing,
Now make your stand

Fearful your question,
Defenceless, open
What shall I fight with?
What is my weapon?

Here is your battle plan,
Here is your shield
Faith in this life of ours,
The common weal

For all our childrens sake,
Save it, defend it,
Pay any price you must,
They shall not end it

Neat stacks of cannon shells,
Row upon row
Death to the life you love,
All that you know

War is contempt for life,
Peace is creation
Deaths march is halted
By determination

We all deserve the world,
Harvest and seed
Hunger and poverty
Are born of greed

Dont turn your face away
From needs of others
Reach out a helping hand
To all your brothers

Here is our solemn vow,
From land to land
We will protect our world
From tyrants hand

Defend the beautiful,
Gentle and innocent
Like any mother would
Care for her infant.


 

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