Monday, July 25, 2011

Oslo Bomb Blast - Where Are The Emergency Personnel?

This is a video of the bomb blast in Oslo last Friday, including right before it happened.

Something unusual I noticed... the blast occurred in the middle of a big city (the capital of the country no less), in a developed country, in the middle of the day, and targeted government offices including that of the Prime Minister. And yet, during the course of this 11-minute video, although I heard sirens, I saw not one emergency vehicle or ambulance, police car, or other security patrol. In center city Philadelphia that absence of medical and security personnel would be unimaginable.



Angela and Melinda said...

That's the difference b/tw Oslo, in a pacifist and generally sane country, and Philly, in a ____________ (you fill in the blank).

Bix said...

With so much vengeance and violence globally, it seemed odd they weren't more prepared for a terrorist attack. I don't see how they can isolate their society from the goings-on around them, unless they tighten immigration policy. Ironically, that would align with what Breivik wanted.

Laurie Endicott Thomas said...

Norway has been contributed to some of the global violence. Not only is it a member of NATO, and has participated in bombings in places like Yugoslavia and Libya, it is a major arms exporter.

It seems to me that Norway just got a taste of its own medicine. The people who were killed in the terrorist attack were innocent of Norway's crimes against peace, but that's the way it usually goes.

If Norway wants to ensure its own domestic tranquility in the future, it doesn't need to tighten its borders. It needs to embrace nonviolence.