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“Lovely crinkly edges” – Our thoughts are with you, Norway

Lovely crinkly edges.

Our thoughts are with you, Norway.

PS. Perhaps if nothing else, this will serve as (yet another) warning about the dangers of extremism — no matter whose — and the importance of democracy, and letting people have their say and input into the political process by peaceful means.

As the Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg remarked: We meet terror and violence with more democracy and will continue to fight against intolerance.

And I might just add bravo to Joe Hockey, who recently when faced with this question from an anti-Carbon tax protestor: What is the Coalition going to do to try to stop the people of Australia taking up arms against this government?, replied: I’d say to you we should never do that.

You want to change things? Then lobby, write, protest, picket, expose, petition, rally, publicise, make your voice heard.

Violence? No. Never acceptable in a free democracy.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

6 replies on ““Lovely crinkly edges” – Our thoughts are with you, Norway”

yeah, unbelievable that those things could happen in Norway.
Also makes me a bit queasy cos I work in a government finance building with lots of windows facing a busy road. If it can happen in Norway…

Neo Conservatism is becoming more common throughout Europe, except Germany, it’s still too raw an issue there. Interesting this guy had his own manifesto just like the unibomber in the U.S.

He didn’t seem to want to die during his activities, I think he sees this as a way of getting his message across, which is scary but it’s certainly working, a lot of ppl will be interested to hear why he did what he did.

Which is scary because giving voice to why he did what he did doesn’t exactly deter others from applying similar methods when they want to be heard *shudder*.

… I went through Scandanavia in April and my main regret about not making it to Norway was that I wouldn’t be able to see Slartibartfast’s beautiful fjords!

Well stated Daniel.
As a native of the land of extremism ( United States of America) I get to here allot of rhetoric from both sides of extremism and while I defend the right for these to speak their piece I really rarely wish to listen to the lack of rational, compromising and understanding conversation.

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