Jul 24, 2011

Norways Tragedy...

When tragedy strikes we put away our differences, with faith banding us together for the greater good of the cause....

I am not Norwegian, but it does not really matter what your nationality is, in times tragedy everyone is united by the same feelings and the same emotions.  Tragedy knows no boundaries and seeing a person hurting, crying, suffering and knowing in your heart that no-one can do anything to relieve their sadness, grief and sorrow is enough to break your heart and to start the tears flowing. 

Right now a serious tragedy is affecitng Norway and its people.  I don't live there, I don't know these people, but it does not matter because you see I have experienced tragedy, pain, sorrow and grief just like them, and I will tell you that right now their world is upside down and for them right now there are no signs it will be better for a long long time....this has affected me more than it has Arvid, but like a friend said to me everyone reacts in different ways.  Even if you have not experienced tragedy, there is no one who cannot relate to what the families, victims, people of this tragedy are going true.  One would have to be heartless to not be affected.  I would like to believe that most people have in them some compassion.

Why do people do the things they do?  Why did this gunman kill innocent people?  These are questions that one can ask and ask...

Metal World Reacts To Norway Tragedy

So, if you’re the kind of dude who only gets his news from sites like Gun Shy, then you probably missed that yesterday, Norway had their own 9/11. Some crazy fuck named Anders Behring Breivik blew up a building and then, dressed as a police officer, descended on a youth camp and started shooting people. He killed 92 before he was taken into custody; he has since confessed his guilt and police are investigating whether others were involved.

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Our hearts go out to Norway — which has given so many great metal acts — at this difficult time of recovery. If you’d like, send that crazy fuck to us, and let America kill him if you don’t want to.

Anyways, a number of metal musicians have reacted to the tragedy, including Angela Gossow of Arch Enemy, Nikki Sixx, and Ihsahn.

“Our hearts and thoughts are with Norway today,” said Gossow. “Watching the news is heavy. What a horrible, disgusting deed. 87 people dead so far. It makes no sense. The world got a bit darker today.”
Norway mourns victims of massacre:(

Pagan’s Mind issued a collective statement, reading, “Words are too small to express how we feel right now. 91 people killed, most of them youngsters same age as some of our own kids… But it’s important to keep living life like a dream and don’t let bastards like this coward gunman, who didn’t even have the guts to end his own misery before police arrested him, ruin your freedom of speech and freedom to explore the world.”

"Our thoughts and condolences go out to everyone affected by the bombing in Oslo, and the shooting at Ut√łya. What a terrible tragedy. I don’t think anyone expected this to happen in Norway. I guess this puts things in perspective. People in places like Baghdad have to deal with this sort of stuff all the time"....another member stated

Today the entire world is reaching out to Norway and all the people affected by this terrible tragedy as witnessed by some of the above comments/thoughts/condolences.  Sad as it is, tragedies have a way of uniting people from all over the world like nothing else can.   For it is during a tragic situation that we all sympathize and forget our differences and we say...here is a nation/human being just like me.  When tragedy strikes, it brings out the best in people. Too bad it only happens when there is a tragedy. We say to ourselves...this peson is hurting and I would like to do my share of whatever it takes to make a difference.

Scott Ian of Anthrax wrote, “The horror played out today in Norway sickens me to my core… my thoughts are with you.”

Most of those who died on Friday were young people gunned down on a tiny forested holiday island that was hosting the annual summer camp for the youth wing of Norway’s ruling Labour party. A 32-year-old Norwegian was arrested on the island and also charged with the bombing of Oslo’s government district that killed seven people earlier.  You ask yourself over and over WHY? WHY? WHY?

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it....

until next time