Sunday, July 24, 2011

Quote of the Week

from a BBC report on Norway:

Lars Helle, editor of the daily Dagbladet, said "we must avoid being preoccupied by fear, like the US was after 11 September 2001. Rather, we must look to Spain and England and how the people of those nations recovered their freedom after the horrible terrorist acts of 2004 and 2005".

How depressing that 10 years after the 9/11 attacks, we've become an object lesson in how NOT to act in the face of a national calamity. Bravo to the Norwegians for their determination to maintain an open and democratic society. Perhaps we lost faith in democracy and openness, as well as in each other, long before 9/11 happened.


Heidi G. aka Mom said...

That's exactly what I thought when I read it. We are an object lesson on how NOT to act. I'm afraid the dark shadow side of ourselves is dominating at the moment, and I think too it started way before 9/11.

JCF said...

Yup (to all of the above).