Norway = steadfast

At a simple ceremony at Oslo’s cathedral, a characteristically austere building surrounded by flowers and candles left by mourners, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg seemed to express the country’s mood of defiant grief.

“You should know that we’re crying with you. We feel for you… I am proud of living in a country that has managed to stand up on its feet in such a critical time… We are still horrified over what happened. But we will never give up our values.”

Mr. Stoltenberg repeated his call to defy the terrorist’s anti-immigration and anti-multiculturalism rage by reinforcing those very values: “Our answer is more democracy, more openness, and more humanity – – but never naivety,” he told the congregation.

I hope our fellow northern nation can resist the calls made by those who feed on and profit by fear. Don’t go down the path that we Canadians have been striding through lately. Stick to the values that have made you a respected nation in the international community. Do not abandon them in the face of fear.

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