Two years ago today, Anders Behring Breivik launched his attack against Norway, hoping to change our society. It was shocking. It was tragic. It was unforgettable.
Our government reacted so well to this tragedy when it struck. I remember watching the flower parades from afar and wishing I was part of them. The photos made me cry from the other side of the world. The speeches made me proud to be Norwegian. We will overcome this with love, was the message, and I was behind it.
Today, we face a new message: Never Again.
Never Again frightens me much more than the previous slogan. Never Again is what one uses to push back civil liberties. The type of arguments used by the US to justify monitoring their own population. The type of arguments used to enforce the new data retention directive.
It’s time we decide in whose footsteps we want to follow, and it’s time to decide how much we’re willing to sacrifice in order to feel secure.
When tragedy struck, we swore it wouldn’t change us. Let’s make sure it doesn’t.
Here is what I wrote after the first attack.