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.