Thursday, July 28, 2011

A Lesson in Democracy

Norwegian Prime Minister Jen Stoltenberg on freedom in his country:

At a press conference at his Oslo residence, Stoltenberg underlined his commitment to openness, defending freedom of thought, even if includes extremist views such as those held by the 32-year-old who confessed to Friday’s bomb blast and to the shooting massacre.

“We have to be very clear to distinguish between extreme views, opinions that are completely legal, legitimate to have, [and] what is not legitimate is to try to implement those extreme views by using violence,” he said.

“I think what we have seen is that there is going to be one Norway before and one Norway after 22 July,” he said. “But I hope and also believe that the Norway we will see after will be more open, a more tolerant society than what we had before.”

Now remember the absolute freak-out the Republicans in Congress and the Orcosphere went through when President Obama’s Justice Department decided to hold a civilian trial in New York for a terror suspect, and how they all got the vapors after some whack-job tried to ignite his Underoos.

Isn’t it ironic that we’re taught a lesson in democracy by a nation that all the tough-guy butch wingers dismiss as bunch of lily-livered liberal wussies?