Monday, July 25, 2011

Norwegian terrorism

The bombing and shootings in Norway and the loss of life are regrettable. But I must say that I have little sympathy for the Norwegians, just as they have little sympathy for us, Jews and Israelis. Norway has been a hive of anti-Israel activity, from grotesque anti-Israel art exhibits, to the anti-Israel play called "Gaza Monologues", to the support by the Norwegian Government for pro-Palestinian activities by Israeli NGOs. Perhaps the Norwegians thought that they would be immune from terrorist attacks because of their liberal bias. But, they have found out the hard way that this does not work. Perhaps this experience will give the Norwegians some greater understanding for our plight. But I don't expect much sympathy from them until they have suffered a lot more.

In case you think that I am overdoing it, and being insensitive, here is a quote from one of Norway's leading intellectuals Jostein Gaarder in a recent newspaper article: “We no longer recognize the State of Israel. We could not recognize the apartheid regime of South Africa, nor did we recognize the Afghani Taliban regime. Then there were many who did not recognize Saddam Hussein’s Iraq or the Serbs’ ethnic cleansing. We need to get used to the idea: The State of Israel, in its current form, is history. The State of Israel has raped the recognition of the world and shall have no peace until it lays down its arms.”…. So as far as they are concerned Israel is as bad as those despicable regimes. Here is another quote, from the Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Goere standing beside Pres. Abbas of the PA last week, "Norway believes it is perfectly legitimate for the Palestinian president to turn to the United Nations” to seek recognition of an independent Palestinian state. So Norway is on the side of our enemy.

Most people are aware of the name "Quisling" meaning a traitor, derived from the name of the Norwegian politician who collaborated with the Nazis and cooperated in the capture and transport of the Jews of Norway to Germany. Other Norwegians were active in helping to transport some of the Jews to "neutral" Sweden, but many were caught in the process due to collaborators. The perpetrator of the current murders, Anders Breivik, is a right wing extremist, who took revenge on the socialist youth group meeting on the island as well as on the socialist Government in Oslo. Of course, I totally despise his actions, but in his act one can see the extremism of Norwegian politics, motivated by fear of Muslim immigration and dominance. The irony is that while being anti-Islam and anti-Semitic, his manifesto is also pro-Israel.

Norway needs security at Government offices, they need to be suspicious of individuals who buy tons of ammonium nitrate (fertilizer that is used to make bombs, as in the Oklahoma bombing by Timothy McVeigh), they need to have security guards at youth camp meetings, as Israelis do. They need to recognize terrorism from any source for what it is, unjustified murder motivated by irrational hatred. Norway, welcome to the club.


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