It’s good to hear that so many Norwegians gathered in Oslo to defy Anders Behring Breivik in the one sure way of defeating his message of hate. That is to reaffirm the value of a tolerant and multicultural society. They sang Children of the Rainbow, the Norwegian version of a Pete Seeger song, My Rainbow Race. It’s one that Breivik despises as Marxist propaganda. Truly, living well is the best revenge.
In response to a vile terrorist atrocity, Norway has taken the high road by scrupulously insisting on the rule of law and respect for the judicial process. Not an easy thing to do, and I respect them enormously for it. Terrorism can only win if we trash the values we’re supposed to be defending in a knee-jerk reaction that places security above all else – an impulse born out fear. Norwegians are displaying the true courage that comes from belief in individual liberty, tolerance, and social responsibility. Ben Franklin had it right.
Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.
Here’s a video of the sing-along.