10 years ago, I woke up to the news a terrorist had tried to kill my friends. Two hours later, teens at a summer camp on an island started tweeting: someone was shooting at them.
By the end of the day the terrorist had murdered 77 people, most of them teenagers aged 14-18. He considered them traitors to the country for being members of the social democratic Labour party and assigned himself the duty of carrying out their death sentence.
10 years ago this week I spent the day online in a panicked state, trying to contact my friends and correcting the terribly misinformed assumptions broadcast over social media and North American news about who the terrorist might be.
The terrorist was a white middle-class man one year younger than me. He went to the same high school as some of my friends. He was (and still is) a right-wing extremist whose views on immigration and multiculturalism had been radicalized through online hate speech.
Every Norwegian, at home and abroad, carries trauma from that day, none more so than the families and friends of the 77 murdered and more than 300 injured.
As we mark the 10th anniversary of this attack on freedom, democracy, and our global village, I feel the weight of that day as much as I did 10 years ago. I've tried to put some of my thoughts, about grief and hope and moving forward, into this week's newsletter.
I invite you to join me in contemplation of what was, what is, and what can be.

Aldri tie. Aldri glemme. #22juli


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