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Old 07-23-2011   #1
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This is Oslo today.......a war zone. The city where I live and breathe.
91 people killed and tens of people severely injured. All done by one man.
A right-wing extremist.

And I struggle to understand why............this used to be one of the most peaceful places on earth.

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Old 07-23-2011   #2
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It's a sickness that tells a man that mindless violence will advance his cause.

I visited Norway once, many years ago. I've always thought it was among the most beautiful and desireable places I've seen.
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Old 07-23-2011   #3
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Condolence to your fellow Norwegian, it has never occur to me that such thing could happen there.
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praying for norway; so reminiscent of oklahoma city bombing ...
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You can imagine how calm and peaceful it must be in Norway if you look at the homicide rate. In 2010 there were round about 30 cases of homicide in the whole country. And now that.

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Old 07-23-2011   #6
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All the best to you and your countrymen.

I am sorry that this sort of madness is creeping from messed-up nations like ours into sane and stable countries like yours.

May be inappropriate to mention in the aftermath of a horrific tragedy, but that is a great shot of the soldier. Hope you will take the opportunity to document as much as you can in the days ahead. This is a situation where a photographer serves as an historian.

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Old 07-23-2011   #7
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I live in Oslo but I'm currently at my mom's. I literally can't put in to words how shocked I felt yesterday.

I originally wanted to travel in there with my camera today, but I decided against it.
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Old 07-23-2011   #8
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My condolences, this is a very very sad thing to happen.
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Old 07-23-2011   #9
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Going back home there tomorrow after the holidays... I don't live very far from the explosion site so it'll be... interesting.
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Old 07-23-2011   #10
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We were in Oslo last week, including close to where the bombings occurred. It's hard to imagine how this could happen, and I'm sure many Nowegians are wondering the same thing. My heart goes out to them. The death toll at the youth camp is horrific, too. No country should have to experience an "Oklahoma City moment."
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Its still is peaceful , one day in a century hardly makes it different. Don't succumb to the media panic.
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So sad......
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Old 07-23-2011   #13
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Really sad situation. Good documentary capture of it.
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Alll our hearts go out to you. Today we're all Norwegians. Best wishes.
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Norway was basically the first country I went on my own for summer vacation after finishing school. and I always memorized it as an extremely friendly and peaceful country. This is very sad indeed.
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Old 07-23-2011   #16
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Christer, jag känner stor sorg för alla er som drabbats i Norge. Det verkar som alla svenskar går i ett chocktillstånd idag liksom ni gör i Norge.

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I have had a sick feeling in my stomach ever since I read about this in the news. Absolutely unfathomable.

My sympathies to Norway and its people.
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Old 07-23-2011   #18
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I just can't believe that one deranged man can cause so much strife. My wife and I were passing through Oslo the minute the bomb went off, and then hearing about the shootings. Not believing the initial death tolls of 10-15 people, and then waking up to over 90. Its surreal, this just doesn't happen in our country, I still can't quite fathom it. Norway is such a small country, this effects us all, everyone of us will have known one of the victims. I really feel for their families and loved ones.
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Old 07-23-2011   #19
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One deranged man... with explosives and automatic weapons. He could not have done this with a club, or a broadsword, or a muzzle-loading musket; he'd have been swarmed at some point.

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Old 07-23-2011   #20
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I first visited Norway as a student in 1975, and worked in Oslo for about six weeks a few years ago. My overwhelming impression is of a peaceful country with gentle, generous people. It is therefore doubly shocking that these terrible events should occur there.

In the last 24 hours I have written to some of my Norwegian friends and colleagues. Unsurprisingly, their replies show clearly that they, and their families and friends, are devastated by the dreadful events. I hope that, in some way, Norway can come to terms with the horror of all of this. Do take care. Nettar

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Old 07-23-2011   #21
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quote Strangeluv
"And I struggle to understand why............this used to be one of the most peaceful places on earth."

It will be again in time
This act of far right terrorism will never be forgotton and it is terrorism not the act of a `madman`
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My sympathies go to all Norwegians affected by this atrocity. Here in the UK we have suffered such acts of terrorism for many years firstly with the IRA and later Al-Qaeda. These acts haven't broken the British spirit so I'm sure the Norwegian spirit will not be broken either.
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I've had a recent but strong connection with Norway, having visited twice in the last year, and having had an incredibly positive experience both times. This whole event is terrible and sad, and I hope all of you over there are holding up. It's impossible to make sense of the senseless. You all have my deepest sympathies.
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Thoughts and prayers for the people of Norway.

Indeed ...bad stuff.
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I, too, was shocked and still puzzled by the madness.

Your photo is really well done and I immediately wondered how you were able to get that image without a problem. Well done.
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Prayers for the people of Norway. Sadden by what had happened.
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I hope Olsen & all our RFF friends over in Norway are safe. My prayers go out to all those afflicted.
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Truly sad and horrific thing to happen. I regurarely visit Norway on my summer holidays. It's the last place where one would expect a thing like this to happen.

I will continue to visit the lovely country in the future as well and maybe one day make all the way down south to Oslo as well. Like someone else said earlier, it's still the same nice place as earlier. This was the wrong doing of one sick individual.

At the same time it's hard to imagine how scared, hurt and violated the ppl in Norway and especially in Oslo feel. Their city and capitol that used to be a safe haven has now been violated.. takes time to get over things like this.

My heart goes out to all people affected by this act of terrible violance.

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Old 07-24-2011   #29
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There are no words to justify what happened.Human stupidity knows no bounds.
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Old 07-24-2011   #30
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It's a very sad time here. People are basically still in a state of shock. It's a very small country and most of us know someone that has been affected by this personally.

I know one of the news photographers that was around the island (from boat) while the shooting was still going on and later with the surviving victims. He described the scene as unthinkable, sick and unbearable.
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Here in Australia we are shocked and saddened by these events, especially as it was apparently carried out by a local citizen. For us this revives memories of the Port Arthur massacre of 28 April 1996, when a lone madman killed 35 people and wounded dozens more. For all those directly affected, we would express our condolences, and for all, our thoughts are with you as you come to terms with this terrible tragedy.
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Thank you all for your very kind words.......they are so needed and greatly appreciated. I still struggle to understand what has happened and I think I will for quite some time.
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The people of Norway are in my prayers.
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Yes, prayers for the people of Norway. I've had the pleasure of visiting there and it's a wonderful place, it's hard to believe this happened there of all places.
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