Q:hank! please, please, please could you make a video on what you think about/explain what's happening or has happened in gaza? because i'm so confused and i'm trying to understand but the news isn't doing very good job of breaking down why everything is happening, and what actually is happening. they have a nasty habit of just spewing out their poorly-formed opinions, and framing them as explanations. perhaps you could do a better job? xx
I don’t know if I can…I would love to, but first it’s extremely complicated and it’s difficult to do the topic justice, but more than that, it’s kinda terrifying. If I make a completely impartial video that does not condemn or condone either side, I will literally get death threats from individuals on both sides for not taking their side. I’ll probably get a ton of hate just for answering this ask. I mean, there aren’t bombs dropping on my city, so maybe I should just deal but, yeah…there’s not a lot of good discourse on this topic because both sides are so vehement as to make it feel dangerous to even discuss it.
One of the tragedies of this conflict is that it has been going on for so long now that we have become terrified to even talk about it, or have simply given up talking about it because nobody knows where to begin to solve it. Now and then somebody negotiates a short lived peace between the two parties, but as soon as the euphoria has died down, the accusations and missiles start flying again. Since no lasting solution is ever found, it seems to me that there are too many interests involved in keeping the conflict alive: it generates power and wealth for some influential group (or groups) of people behind the scenes. And as always, the victims are normal civilians who do not want any conflict at all…
July 22nd 2011: Norway terror attacks
On this day in 2011, the 7/22 attacks occurred in Oslo and Utøya, Norway. In Oslo, a car bomb was set off near prominent government buildings killing eight people and injuring 209. The second attack under two hours later in Utøya took place at a Norwegian Labour Party (the ruling party) youth summer camp on the island. There, a gunman killed 69 and injured 110. Four days after the devastating events, 150,000 Norwegians gathered in Oslo carrying roses in memory of those who were killed in the attacks. Anders Behring Breivik, a right-wing extremist, was arrested on Utøya island and subsequently found guilty of both attacks. The brutal attacks were the deadliest in Norway since World War Two and three years on we remember all of the 77 victims of this senseless violence.
"Evil can kill a human being but never defeat a people"
- Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg after the attacks
Maybe happiness is this: not feeling like you should be elsewhere, doing something else, being someone else.