My deepest condolences to the Norwegian people.
I was in Oslo two months ago on a vacation. Of the 50 or so countries I’d been in, I’d never been to Norway. Yesterday a car bomb blew out glass in the streets where I walked. Had I waited to now to visit the city, I could have been one of the unfortunate victims killed or injured by flying glass shrapnel.
It would have been ironic because our Armor Glass film is rated for a “Level 2” blast and would have prevented a lot of windows from shattering as it deflected the Oslo blast wave and prevented injuries and death. It’s the same film installed on the Pentagon and other DC federal buildings after 9/11 – for that reason. Who knows when the next bomber will strike any city in any country. It would do the same in Houston, New York or cities hit by tornadoes or hurricanes. Glass is the weakest link in every building on this planet.
It’s deceptive because when I was in Norway I felt perfectly safe walking the streets of Oslo. Downtown Oslo is so small that you can cover most of it in 10 minutes on foot.
It was (at that time) one of the most relaxing places I have ever been. The people were very friendly, relaxed. Since they are taught English in school they switched into excellent English when they heard me speak.
As I walked about I kept looking at their windows, wondering if they had protection but even I didn’t see the threat on its streets.
This horrible act shows that terrorism is not just the domain of Islamic extremists. It is also a threat from any extremist, including the American Timothy McVeigh’s and Europe’s right wing fundamentalist extremists who call themselves “Christians.” Neo-Nazism is on the rise, to the point where Germany last week dug up WWII Nazi Rudoph Hess’ body and cremated it. Why? Because his grave-site was becoming a “shrine” to a lot of young neo-Nazi’s. Intolerance and violence is on the rise from the extremist right in Europe.
A terrorist is a terrorist, whether they look like Osama bin laden or the tall blond white Norwegian bomber with a twisted mind who is part of a growing Neo-Nazi, Nationalist movement in Europe –and just as dangerous, if not more so, than Al Qaida. The killer was Nordic and even wore a police uniform and called people close to him before opening fire. No one would have done that for someone looking like Osama bin laden.
His car bomb was just as deadly as an Al Qaida car bomb. The Nordic terrorist even pretended to be a farmer — to get the fertilizer used as the bomb material. It has happened before, the first bombing of the World Trade center in 1993, the Murrah building in Oklahoma City in 1994, and worldwide from Mumbai to Islamabad, London, Madrid, the list grows.
If the shops in downtown Oslo and the government buildings had installed a security-rated film like ours the glass would have been contained in the film instead of hurling thousands of deadly shards flying through the air. We bond it to the frames to give the film an anchor to keep it from blowing out of the frames. It would have stopped flying debris up to Large Missile size (4.5 lb). The 2 minute video on our website show what the film does during an explosion – it looks like a bubble as it stretches, with the black bond material holding it to the frame.
But terrorists aren’t the only threat. So is killer HEAT, like the bizarre records we are having.
Yesterday Newark NY hit 108 degrees. NYC hit 104. Cities in the Midwest were 103.
The increased temperatures makes our solar security films vital to keep cool and safe from window breach. It even pays for itself in energy savings. It also saved a lady from a burglar trying to break-in to her house 5 days after we put it on…
Armor Glass® security film protection is a necessity as the world gets hotter and more explosive…But the COOL thing about it is that we’ve seen it pay for itself in under 3 years!
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What’s there to lose (other than your property or your life)?