A letter from an Oslo survivor. “Your actions worked against their purpose.”

Via Atalwin Pilon
on Aug 4, 2011
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Dear Anders Behring Breivik,

A lot of the friends I met at Utoya are dead and you are the perpetrator. You are the man who, by coincidence, didn’t kill me. I was lucky.

You might think that you have won. You might think that you have ruined something for the Labour Party and for people around the world who stand for a multicultural society by killing my friends and fellow party members.

Know that you have failed.

You haven’t only made the world stand together, you have set our souls on fire and should know we’ve never stood together as we do now. You talk about yourself as a hero, a knight. You are no hero. But you have created heroes. On that warm day in July in Utoya, you created some of the greatest heroes the world has seen, you unified people from all over the world. Black and white, man and woman, red and blue, Christians and Muslims.

You made your victims martyrs, immortals, and you have shown the world that when one person can show as much hatred as you have done, imagine how much love we can show when we stand together! People who I thought hated me have given me hugs on the street, people I haven’t been in contact with for years have written 300 to 400 words about how much it means to them that I survived. What can you say about that? Have you broken anything? On the contrary, you have united us.

You have killed my friends, but you haven’t killed our cause, our opinions, our right to express ourselves. Muslim women got hugs of sympathy from random Norwegian women on the street, and if your goal was to protect Europe from Islam, your actions worked against their purpose.

You deserve no thanks; your plan failed. A lot of people are angry, you are the most hated person in Norway. I am not angry. I do not fear you. You can’t touch us, we are greater than you. We do not answer evil with evil, as you wanted it. We fight evil with good. And we win.

~ Ivar Benjamin Østebø, aged 16.

Originally posted by Ivar Benjamin Østebø on his Facebook profile in Norwegian, translation by The Independent

With thanks to Basic Goodness.


About Atalwin Pilon

Atalwin Pilon (40) is man on a mission. In January 2012, he left his home and his country to travel the world. He is on a spiritual quest, searching for what he calls the 21st century warrior: courageous men and women who are driven by compassion and integrity instead of greed and fear. He wants to know if one man can make a difference and if he can make a difference himself by offering his skills and heart to the world. He will write a book about his findings: "The Quest for the 21st Century Warrior". Feel free to contribute to his journey if his cause speaks to you. He needs your suggestions, hospitality, introductions and/ or your generosity to be be successful. You can make difference too. If you want Atalwin as your life coach you can book a Skype session now. You can follow his adventures on his website (he writes often). And you can find him on Twitter and Facebook too.


12 Responses to “A letter from an Oslo survivor. “Your actions worked against their purpose.””

  1. yogadivina says:


  2. Rudy says:

    Thank you, Ivar.

  3. Carrie says:

    Thank you thank you thank you for writing this! I was visitng Oslo on the 22nd from the US and about 4 blocks away when the explosion happened. ____Although it was very scary for my husband and myself, mostly because we did not understand what happened and were given very little information on our ship back to Copenhagen, as I read stories of hope and optimism, it helps me heal from the events of the day and being way too close for comfort. My thoughts go out to each and every victim and their families as they continue to heal from the wounds inflicted upon them on that day, and my heart will always be with Norway. You are an amazing people and you give us strength in your resolve and peacefulness. ~ Carrie

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  5. Laura says:

    Wow! Beautiful! Love conquers all. Thank you for sharing!

  6. MeMeMe says:

    The message is good. However I think that if you believe what the mainstream media news are saying about Norway, you must be either 5 years old or are stupid.

  7. Atalwin says:

    And the relevance of your comment is?

  8. Sisnaima says:

    Well said, Ivar. May God bless you and keep you strong. Ameen! Beautiful letter with an amazing message. Thank you so much!

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