24 July 2011

Indescribable Grief...

I cannot begin to imagine the painful grief and torment the people of Oslo and Norway are enduring today. And to think: one man brought this shameful misery to his own community - seeking to become, a hero? How grotesque.

I am sending up Smoke and Prayers for the People.
I am keeping the People close to my Heart.
I am remembering the teaching of my Elders: 'Mitakuye Oyasin'


Norway gun suspect 'acted alone'

The man arrested following the attacks in Norway, Anders Behring Breivik, describes himself as a "nationalist", according to the police.

In the purest sense of the word, he is not alone. On this day of grief, Norwegian people have united under their flag, vowing to stand firm against terror.

But the suspect, it seems, is no pure nationalist. Instead, he is said to be a right-wing extremist of the kind that police authorities in the West have feared for some time.

Their fear has been heightened by the potentially explosive mix of economic recession and unemployment, increasing racism and an ever stronger anti-Muslim sentiment, according to the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten.

Norway's security police reported a mild increase in right-wing extremist activity last year and predicted that such activity would continue to increase throughout this year.

But it also suggested that the movement was weak, lacked a central leader and offered relatively modest growth potential.

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