Even in hitherto peaceful Holland there have been two politically inspired murders this last decade. One on the politician Pim Fortuyn, and then, a few years later, Theo Van Gogh, a critically acclaimed writer and filmmaker was shot and stabbed outside his home. Other people have received deadthreats. Some went into hiding and later have left the country. Others decided to keep their mouths shut of fear of becoming a target. That is of course the primary goal of any terrorist attack: to stir fear in a peaceful society.
It makes you realize that it only takes one idiot, and anyone could potentially be one or become one without anyone noticing it before it was too late. It makes you feel very unsafe.
A few months ago, it did happen again, just a few weeks before the Oslo disaster. Some crazy guy opened fire on innocent bystanders in a shopping mall. He was psychotic, there was no political motive.
The funny thing is: you get used to it. I think people who live in terrorist ridden countries already have adjusted. The irish, the basques, the israelis. You have to, in order to be able to live your life in a normal way. And that is the message I want to give you: do not let this tragedy change your life. Mourn, and then go on. Don't let the idiots win. Don't give in to terrorism.
How are things now in Norway?