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Terrorism in Norway: Where’s the Love?

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Terrorism in Norway: Where’s the Love?

We’d like to believe that the Holocaust could never happen again. Surely, we’ve learned from the slaughter of millions that we as people are all one, and there is no superior or inferior race, no racial cleansing necessary, no needless murder justified. According to this CNN article, a picture is emerging of the Norwegian terrorist who murdered at least 86 people between his ambush on Utoya Island and the government buildings he simultaneously bombed in Oslo. The suspect, who has been arrested and has plead not guilty, is 32-year-old Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik. Apparently, he is a right-wing Christian fundamentalist who may have had an issue with Norway’s multi-cultural society. Jonas Kallmyr is quoted as saying that encountering Breivik was “like meeting Hitler before World War II.”

The last Twitter post on Breivik’s account is chilling. “One person with a belief is equal to the force of 100,000 who have only interests,” it says, adapting a quote from 19th-century British philosopher John Stuart Mill.

How his extremist beliefs fit in with what he is alleged to have done remains to be explored, but we can assume, since he targeted a political youth retreat full of Labour Party political party members and a government building of the same political leaning, that it had something to do with politics. A 1,500 page manifesto he published online may hold the key. The document, which apparently took him nine years to write, rants against Muslims and how they’re overtaking Europe, and calls for a European civil war to overthrow governments, end multiculturalism, and execute “cultural Marxists.” In the manifesto, the author vilifies Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and his Labour Party, and accuses the party of perpetuating “cultural Marxist/multiculturalist ideals” and indoctrinating youth with those ideals. According to the manifesto, the Labour Party is responsible for allowing the “Islamification of Europe” and needs to be stopped.

So with the misguided fervor and racial intolerance that fueled the actions of people like Hitler, the 9/11 terrorists, and those responsible for the ethnic cleansing in Rwanda, the world is mourning, once again.

When Will It End?

Will we always have to grieve the loss of people who have died at the hands of those who are intolerant of differences? Will we never be free of such mass murder in the name of politics and religion? Will we ever learn that we as people are all one, and harm aimed at any one of us injures us all? When will we learn, and when will the madness end?

And where is the love, people? I’m all for standing up for what you believe. Go ahead. Wave picket signs. March on the Capitol. Write letters to your Congressperson.  Publish manifestos. Speak your truth. Write what’s true for you.  Stand for your beliefs, even if they’re unpopular.

But how can murder in the name of your belief ever be justified? How can anti-abortion crusaders rationalize killing doctors while calling themselves “Pro-Life?”  How can terrorists kill in the name of religion? How did Hitler ever convince the Nazi army to slaughter perfectly innocent people?

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Lissa Rankin

Lissa Rankin, MD is a mind-body medicine physician, founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute training program for physicians and other health care providers, and the New York Times bestselling author of Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself.  She is on a grassroots mission to heal health care, while empowering you to heal yourself.  Lissa blogs at LissaRankin.com and also created two online communities - HealHealthCareNow.com and OwningPink.com. She is also the author of two other books, a professional artist, an amateur ski bum, and an avid hiker. Lissa lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and daughter.

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5:29PM PDT on Sep 4, 2011

It could have happened anywhere.

11:41AM PDT on Jul 29, 2011

Remember, when seconds count, the cops are minutes away.

4:56AM PDT on Jul 29, 2011

Thank You. This is helpful.

4:55AM PDT on Jul 29, 2011

Thank You. This is helpful.

10:43AM PDT on Jul 28, 2011

big-hearted and truly loving piece, thanks Lissa for your commitment to Love, truth, your true self.. you are making a difference, every little bit helps, and who knows where the ripples of love may go!

10:22AM PDT on Jul 28, 2011

We understand how difficult it is to common sense when terrorists massacred each other without feeling guilty, as occur in Norway. Human existence as human beings regardless of race should be religion, culture, etc.. Humans have the same red blood, and felt the same pain when slaughtered / killed. Eliminating the lives of others in the interest group politics is extremely barbaric. Pray for the conversion of the terrorists.

7:24AM PDT on Jul 28, 2011

Lissa, your words made me cry.
I too believe love tilts the scale away from hatred.

7:09AM PDT on Jul 28, 2011

Lissa, a good piece and a lovely train of thought of paying a good vibe forward....

Lloyd H., you are making a point and I read it, I understand where you are coming from and I agree with you. Only, why call people who haven't seen the situation from this angle uneducated and incompetent right away, just because they haven't thought about it like this (I hadn't, I was just looking at the sad loss of lives, not at numbers or ideology and then there is a match) or they have a different opinion? Everybody can have their own truth without being stupid.

5:50AM PDT on Jul 28, 2011

prayer works....we can only pray for the victims' families and for insane people like him to reform themselves

5:23AM PDT on Jul 28, 2011

What love? Should he have made a sexual assault instead? (Well, the Vikings used to be known for that...)

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