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Raymond M. Kristiansen is a Norwegian technology user, and works at a communications company. He is interested in politics, media, international relations, and the future of our media-saturated society. 

All views expressed here are personal and do not reflect the views of workplace or other affiliations.
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There are a few days I remember clearly because of the way those days showed me the face of evil. 

9/11. 
The horrible day, realizing that someone did this on purpose, letting jets fly into buildings. Killing thousands of people. I followed the situation closely, from my place half a world away from NYC. Trying to see the story from all aspects. 

7/22. 
The bomb in the midst of Oslo, and then the shootings on Utøya. I followed also this story from a bit of distance. Nobody I personally knew well were involved. 

1/16
January 16th 2013 was the day when terrorists stormed a gas facility in Algeria and took hostages. Among those hostages was my uncle Tore. 


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Tore is now one of five missing Norwegians, and tonight Statoil released the names of those 5. I can now talk about this incident. There was no way on earth I was willing to risk anything those last days, risk that somehow it came out that Tore is who he is - the step-father of Heikki, my cousin, who is a member of the Norwegian government. If that information came out, it could lead to all kinds of nasty situations. 

Still, here we are. My thoughts go to my aunt, Tore's wife, and their children and grand-children. I realize how this is the first time that terrorism has really struck me at the heart. Before it was something that was vaguely distanced, even after that awful July day in 2011 when ABB the terrorist rampaged. 

Now. Right now. Here. I am remembering back to my encounters with Tore in the past, and I realize that it is only a glimmer of hope left; hope that he will be safe, found at some hospital somewhere in Algeria. Or that he managed to hide somewhere. 

But to be honest, I don't think so. He has/had a management position at the gas facility, and if it is true that this terrorism attack also was an inside job - that some of the terrorists were in fact working at the facility - then for sure they would know where his quarters are. 

How do I feel? I am trying to write this out, here, like I wrote it out here on G+ during the July day of 11.

I just re-read what I wrote back then: https://plus.google.com/110668479729372555286/posts/QJPjZK95rva

"It saddens me that someone can walk into a path that leads to such utter disregard for other people and their lives."

Back then, it was a blond Norwegian who had killed political opponents and blown up parts of our capital. Who didn't care who the victims of his bullets and home-made bomb were. He just wanted to fight against Islam.

Now, it was islamic terrorists who, according to some reports, shouted "Allah is great" before shooting hostages. 

I feel sick to my guts. Sick with worry for my uncle, and sick over how detached some people can be from the reality of others. 

I don't know what to say here. The global has suddenly become dirty and personal. No longer can I look at the war on terror from a theoretical distance. Not that I will now suddenly become a Muslim-hater, who goes all group-think and doesn't see the individual. But I will definitely have a different stance on things. 

Before, like 9/11, I hated those bastards who planned and executed the attacks. 7/22 onwards I hated the mug of Anders B. Breivik, his manical weird smile glaring at us from newspapers on the street. And this week, I have learned to hate Mokhtar Belmokhtar and those who are with him. Those who has no moral barrier to killing innocents. Those who justify murder by saying things like "This is revenge for France attacking our brothers in Mali". 

Some may try to justify it, pointing to the plight of Palestine, or collateral damage in Iraq, Afghanistan, or elsewhere. Those who died because of the 'surgical bombings' from western planes that weren't so surgical after all. 

I am a crappy political analyst, but I know this: Blood-lust gained from a feeling of justified violence is still mere blood-lust. 



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Do I have any conclusions? 

We are still waiting for confirmed news about my uncle. 
I need to look into this whole terrorism thing, including reading up on AQIM. 
It sucks to lose a family member because someone somewhere just wants to promote their religion or whatever goal they claim to have. 

Again: I feel sick to my guts. 
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Hope, yes, we must always have hope. But the uncertainty is utter HELL. It's hard to explain to someone who hasn't experienced it. It's very very intense in these kinds of situations. Hope is a useful tool, but not The Solution. Not for me, at least.
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Watching Twin Peaks for the first time in my life. Just finished first episode. It's crazy that I have avoided this all these years. 
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It's funny I have the collected DVDs and I've been meaning to rematch it I haven't seen it since it was first aired. Enjoy
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Ahh, the feeling of a new work laptop is great. 
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I'm good!  Contrarily, I probably spend too much time on here...
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If you use the Lightt iOS app, add me. My username there is 'dltq'
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I wrote a blog entry on DLTQ.org today. 

"Patience. That is one of the keys here. To have the patience to actually stick with it over the timeframe of more than a few years. And the patience to be able to wait for things to move, ever so slowly, forward."
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Google + confuses me. What's up with this network now? 
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You do have the option to have a single stream.
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There are so many things I don't understand about the Algeria hostage situation. I can't grasp it. 

It's like this big mystery box with a Hydra inside. 

What's the Canadian link? Does Algeria have any proof for this? Seems like Canadian authorities at least want more intel on that. 

Why are Algerians not willing to let for instance Norwegian specialists assist them with getting an ID of the corpses that are currently in the capital?

How can Norwegian citizens, who have lived in Norway all their life but who for instance have pakistani heritage, suddenly turn not only islamist, but also praise these kinds of terrorist attacks? I guess I'm just naive...

What will this mean for Algeria in the future? The gas facility is now starting up again and will probably be in full motion within a week, with or without Statoil employees on the site. 

What will this mean for Statoil's global activities? 

Will Norway in some way become involved in the battle in Mali, actively supporting France? 

This is clearly an escalation, and the islamists have threatened to strike again. They might do that. More innocent people will die. But do they really think they can force France to disengage from Mali? I don't think so. I think they are strategical about this. I think it's pretty clear that it was NOT the France intervention in Mali conflict that is the source of last week's terrorist attack. It was just convenient to use that as their excuse. Likewise I am pretty sure that they didn't expect the US to free the high-ranking jihadist that is in prison there. So why make those demands? Smoke and mirrors, yes, but what is the strategic and tactical reasoning behind it?

My nightmare, my real, utter and deep nightmare, is that my uncle's corpse will not be found. That we might not know for a very long time what happened to him. That someone will speculate that "oh, maybe some terrorists somehow escaped and brought a few hostages with them". That would suck so badly. 

I don't know how many hospitals in Algeria victims from this ordeal were sent to, but let's say its below 10 of them. How long will it take to search through the people there?

So many questions, and so few answers. But I know that I need to read up on AQIM, and I need to understand more of the islamists living in western countries such as Norway. I need to understand the process behind the radicalization. What really drives them to it. Of course, individuals are - - - individuals. The stories might be different for each one. But I need to understand through seeing the whole story of more of these. 

We are so used to group-think. Putting people into neat boxes based on nationality, religion, ethnicity, education level, class, economic status. We are not cruel by doing so, it's very natural. A defense mechanism against the hypercomplexities of the world around us. Fight or flight. But we need to somehow manage to move beyond that, if we are to evolve. 


And now, now I have become more eager to work more for the organization that I have been involved with here in Norway. The small NGO that raises funds for creating educational opportunities for girls in rural Afghanistan. 
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Thanks, Deirdre!

www.sianorge.no - we facilitate home-schooling opportunities for girls in the Nangarhar province in Afghanistan. 
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LOL (no, I can't sleep)
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Attention is the key. 

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I need a hosted Sharepoint 2010 solution. An account where I can create several different sites with different collaborators. Any suggestions?
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Jeg har enda mareritt av å prøve å få dette til å virke for en kunde. Eneste trøsten er at leverandøren som prøvde etter meg gjorde det enda verre :-)
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I want to know more about city planning, particularly city planning that deals with work to avoid further segregation of the city. Into a rich part and a poor part.

Do you know any excellent blogs or websites that deals with this?
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Du kan jo ta en tur bort på COWI på Helsfyr :) 
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