A nation of consummate Eloi
It took Norwegian police 90 minutes to get to Utoya island (distance from Oslo by car 24 miles) once they received reports of the mass killing that was in progress there. One reason they took so long was that they couldn’t travel there by helicopter, because all the helicopter pilots were on vacation (see below). Another reason they took so long was that when they finally arrived by car at Tyrifjorden lake, where the island is located, and got in a boat to cross to the island, which is 1,600 feet offshore, there were too many policemen on the boat, and it began to sink, and they had to stop and turn back. The killer must have been shocked and delighted that he had so much extra time to carry out so many more murders—unless the fecklessness of and long delay by the police were also anticipated by him and were part of his plan. Either way, we can understand why, as the New York Times reported, he had a “contented” look on his face when the Keystone Cops finally arrived and he surrendered to them.
Then there’s the fact—which is so shocking and horrible that this is the first time I’ve mentioned it though I heard about it three days ago—that the maximum prison sentence in Norway is 21 years.
The Norwegians think of their small country (pop. 4 million) as superior. To me they sound like a bunch of deluded, incompetent hippies, superior only in the degree of their Eloidom.
Here is the shocking information in today’s New York Post on which I based the above:
In other developments: [ … ]Also this:
* It was revealed that Breivik targeted the camp because it is affiliated with the ruling Labor Party.
All police helicopter pilots and police affiliated helicopter pilots were on vacation? I’m dubious. Surely in such an advanced, civilized nation the police could have scrounged up an offshore oil industry helicopter on short notice if the alarm had been sent out. Norwegians are soft and spoiled due to their oil wealth. This allows them to indulge their Jew hatred and Israel hatred and support the Palestinians. This allows them to bask lazily in the glow of being a moral superpower. Due to easy oil wealth they never joined the EU, they have no need for such monetary schemes.LA replies:
That is one of the most disgusting photographs I’ve ever seen. Think of a leftish leaning summer camp (I went to one for two summers in my teens, though it wasn’t overtly political). What do you think of? Idealistic young people singing folk songs, working on communal projects, that kind of thing. And in this picture we see the smiling young man in the striped shirt, the picture of youthful, hopeful idealism, the dream of a better world. The expression on his face says, “We’re doing the right thing, we stand for goodness.” But what is his and his fellow campers’ idealism directed toward? Toward the boycott of Israel, the tiny forever beseiged country targeted for destruction by the entire Muslim world. For these Norwegians, ganging up on Israel, making it impossible for it to defend itself, is the height of goodness. Then let’s remember that this camp is not just any leftish camp, it is the camp, the almost sacred gathering place, of the ruling party of Norway. So this repulsive photograph represents Norway. Norway is deep, deep in the liberal mire.Alissa writes:
The passivity during the attack was astonishing. In an island with 650 people during summer camp like Utoya one man can terrorize them all into silence and install deep fear into them. The boys didn’t fight back either. If 20 people or more banded and tried to get Anders Breivik they would have stopped him. But they didn’t. They could have used knives, pans, fire and whatnot but they didn’t. A few were scared for their lives and didn’t want to do a huge sacrifice but the others were just passive. Even two men (if Breivik had an accomplice) wouldn’t be able to stand 650 people unless they had bombs and were releasing poisonous chemicals into the air.A reader from Canada writes:
In addition to the police’s problem in getting there in time to save dying youths, I find the following story amazing, especially since it is accompanied by this picture, of the killer in action!
The reader continues:AP EDITORS NOTE: THIS PHOTO WAS DIGITALLY ALTERED BY NRK BROADCASTERS TO PROTECT THE IDENTITIES OF THE VICTIMS—This photo taken from a helicopter above Utoya island near Oslo, Norway, shows what police believe is the alleged gunman walking among victims after opening fire on a youth retreat, killing at least 85, Friday, July 22, 2011. (AP Photo/NRK, Marius Arnesen via Scanpix)
This is taken from a helicopter belonging to Norway’s National Radio and TV organization NRK, presumably filmed well ahead of the police arriving on the island.The reader continues:
Here is video that includes the picture I sent you earlier.Alexis Zarkov writes:
Norway lives in an alternate reality of extreme liberalism. Their attitude towards guns is the tip off. As this article in the New York Times reveals, the Norwegian police “rarely” carry weapons:JC writes:
According to the linked article the Norwegian “Penal Code gives the state prosecutor the right to seek an extension of sentences beyond the 21-year maximum for up to five years at a time, on the condition that the inmate is deemed to be a “high risk” of repeating serious offences.” Such extensions could be theoretically indefinite, but are rarely used.July 27
Most of your coverage of the Norwegian massacre has been up to your usual high standard, but I’m unhappy with this entry on three grounds.LA replies:
Can’t I make an occasional joke? And it’s simply the case that it’s normal for humans to find humor even in the midst of horror. Also, if the huge miscounting of the bodies had been an isolated incident, I wouldn’t have made a point about it. But, in conjunction with the other amazing foul-ups reported by the NY Post—that the Norwegian police let ALL of their helicopter pilots go on vacation AT THE SAME TIME, that they took NINETY MINUTES to get to the island where a mass murder was in progress—the discovery that they had miscounted the bodies by such a large number completed a picture of comical incompetence in the middle of bloody horror. At the same time, I can understand why you felt that this was a cheap shot, and not appropriate. It probably would have been better if I hadn’t said it.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at July 26, 2011 08:05 PM | Send