In Shakespeare’s Julis Caesar, Brutus looks for a reason to join the conspiracy against Caesar. As he does not immediately find any such reason in the past or present, he engages in some seriously innovative thinking. What if, Brutus speculates, Caesar develops into a monster in the future? Indeed, in such a case Caesar is at present nothing more than a serpent’s egg, a problem to be dealt with- nipped in the bud – before it becomes unmanageable. Best kill Caesar then, the sooner the better!
The justification of assassinating a person for crimes he might commit in the future is of course highly dubious, which is Shakespeare’s point to begin with – the bard is telling the audience of how man rationalizes his behavior and shifts his thinking into patterns which will allow him to take the necessary stand regardless of actual fact. No hard evidence is really required – all we need do is to bend our thoughts around the problem and voila, problem solved. This, Shakespeare appears to be telling us, is not how the world should be, to the contrary man should insist upon proof before engaging in acts of conspiracy, and we must all work diligently at becoming men and women of rational thought.
This is why we have universities, such as NTNU, one of Norway’s finest. In order to teach people the virtues of rational thought so our elites do not graduate into paranoid delusional aggressors who smash every egg in sight just in case it might hatch into a dragon. The university teaches students to at least examine the egg first – is it really a serpent’s egg? Or a dragon’s egg? If it is it might, under certain circumstance, be right to have it removed (let’s say the egg is discovered right next to a nursery school). But NTNU students must definitely not learn to go egg-smashing for no reason. That would be sadist. And the world knows all to well what sadist elites can do to a people.
Yesterday Morten Levin told Universitetsavisa that “…we are dealing with strong forces, who are engaged in an organized and systematic endaevour to strangle all public debate”. This is somewhat troubling, seeing as how Mr. Levin does not offer one iota of evidence. He just flings out an accusation. “Serpent’s egg!” he cries, pointing at nowhere in particular (although perhaps in the general direction of this blog).
Mr.Levin knows full well that Norway supports the Palestinian people (pr.capita) more than we support any other people on earth. Norway has provided financial and political support to Hezbollah, Hamas and Fatah. Norway is a heavy sponsor of UNRWA, yet does not act when Hamas removes the Holocaust from the curriculum of UNRWA schools in Gaza. Norway celebrates Hamsun in the very same year as Norway heads the ITF on Holocaust recognition. Our Finance Minister partakes in a march where there are cries of “kill the jews”, yet afterwards our envoy to Tel Aviv writes a letter to the Jerusalem Post insisiting that the march was a “dignified” affair. A member of Parliament’s Foreign Affairs committee reads something on this blog, then attributes the quote to an “Israeli newspaper” on Facebokk and Twitter (She removed it after we contacted her). In an interview, Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre claims Trine Lilleng (who compared Cast Lead to the Warsaw ghetto) is no longer in Riyadh, yet when the Haaretz inquires it is discovered that not only is Ms.Lilleng still in Riyadh but she has been promoted to consul. When an Israeli academic writes a book on anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism in the Nordic countries, he is misquoted and demonized throughout the Scandinavian peninsula. All of this has been documented on this blog and links will be provided forthwith. Surely if there were “strong forces” at work, the situation would be different? Or is the situation what is precisely because there are “strong forces” at work”? On the other side of the equation this site averages eighty readers a day, sans spam. If there is a weak voice in Norway, it’s this blog. Look at the facts and ask yourself who has the stronger lobby in Norway today – Israel or the Palestinians?
Right now there is an air balloon hovering over Oslo, saying “Palestine government”. Now if Morten Levin saw a balloon hovering above Washington DC saying “Israel government” he could arguably claim that this was an indication of the power and influence of the Israel-lobby in the USA. Stephen Walt, who is on Osama Bin Laden’s list of recommended reading for the American people, would probably support Mr.Levin in making such a claim.
What is this obsession with Israel and jewish power? And why do we not apply the same logic, rationale and instruments of measurement to Norwegian politics?
Next month Harvard professor Stephen Walt will visit NTNU in order to give a lecture on the Israel-lobby in the USA. He is certain to explain the methods by which one identifies such a lobby. Apply the same methods to Norway. Perhaps you will find something interesting.
And if you do not, well there is always a serpent’s egg to smash.