Monday, August 27, 2012
Peace (and the lack of it) in Norway
The prize winners stay in the Grand Hotel (on the left hand side of the photo) next to the Parliament. In addition to association with the Nobel Peace Prize, I heard that Roald Dahl got his inspiration for some of his work here, and Henrik Ibsen used to eat here everyday.
On the other hand, Norway is also the home of Anders Behring Breivik, and where he killed 77 people in 2011. He committed these atrocities to promote his far-right views, hatred of Islam and feminism, and desire to deport all Muslims from Europe. Recently he indicated that his only regret was that he did not kill more people.
Evil is lurking right where people celebrate peace and lofty ideals. Even a place as peace-loving, wealthy, educated and open-minded as Norway is not immune to evil.