Rarely I have experienced such shock like when I learned of the tragedy in Norway. When a terrorist target any society it leaves innocent victims but this was not just some random attack. It was an analyzed attack planed for years and intended not only to bring the present democracy in Norway down, but also change the future of this country.
I have to live in a Nordic country like Denmark and Norway to understand how politics function. It is all about families and dynasties.
The young people at the youth camp were sent there by their parents for only thing only: To become member of the political elite!
It means socializing, sleeping with each other, drinking and other kind of youth related activities. The young wannabes do that in Denmark too. The young girls know what it is expected from them. I particularly remember an episode where a 15 year old girl slept with one of the senior politicians in our parliament during such a youth camp. Jealous girls who didn’t get the opportunity complained and her parents which were kind of naïve in relationship with the nature of the activities they had allowed their daughter to participate in made a huge scandal out of nothing and Jeppe Kofod as the politician was named had to make a public apology.
I fear for the democracy in Norway. If the concept of political families discontinue the whole basis of a society like ours in the Nordic countries will fail. Here you are born into certain circles, you are free to make some adjustments down and up but you cannot have people choose freely between all kind of jobs in the society because a lot of the quality in our society is about trust and protection from strangers.
While I in no way condone or find the actions of the aggressor in Norway acceptable we as normal Danes experience how outsiders enter Denmark in massive numbers for conduct home invasions, flash robs, and simple assault on bikers which they for some unknown reasons find legitimate targets.
I do trust my neighbors and my colleagues because I know their families. I would never hire a person I don’t know whether he or she may come from a good decent family. Any Dane will have to earn his or her reputation over generations or decades. That’s why it is seldom a success if a Dane chooses to move more than 50 kilometers away because in the new community people will not know his parents. The new neighbors would not know how to greet the new neighbor because they don’t know what his family stands for.
I hope that the survivors in Norway find comfort in their survival so they can go the youth camp next year and mate so they can form the basis for a new generation of politicians. If they don’t the democracy as we know it in Norway might have met its end and the terrorist would have won.
I will pray for those who was left behind.