Here is a girl who can talk the talk AND walk the walk. No wonder the Norwegian powers that be (but not for long, election in September….) now make a point of inviting her to important meetings or come to her events.
NAÏVE CHECK BOOK DIPLOMACY
Published in Norway’s largest newspaper Aftenposten, January 15th, 2013.
By: Hanne Nabintu Herland, historian of comparative religions and bestselling author
Torgeir Larsen, Norwegian Labor Junior Minister admits in Norway’s largest newspaper, Aftenposten 28.12. to Norwegian authorities having closed their eyes to the realities of the Middle East. Too often they thought they were in the service of stability, but later found out that was not the case.
None the less, this acknowledgement of Norwegian naiveté must lead to tangible changes in the foreign policy in order to be of real value.
The Junior Minister asked me what I meant by my leading article on December the 20th (In bed with the enemy) where I stated that Norwegian check book diplomacy de facto is supportive of terrorist organizations with significant intolerance directed at Christians, Jews, gays or other minorities who are not considered “sufficiently Islamistic.”
Let’s take a look at the statistics: Norway is one of the smallest countries in the world and one of the largest contributors to the Palestinian Authority (PA) and others with annual donations of over 700 Million NOK. Especially since the current Labor Leftwing Government took office in 2005, the donations have exploded. What are these sums spent on?
Recently, remuneration for suicide bombers was tripled. The Hamas terrorist who killed 30 Israelis in 2002, by now receives 20 000 NOK a month, according to Times of Israel September the 9th. Those who have carried out the worst attacks against innocent civilians, get the highest pay.
Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center 2005 figures show the Palestinians having conducted 25770 terrorist attacks, 147 suicide attacks leading to 1100 dead Israelis and 7500 wounded between 2000 and 2005 alone. Fatah conducted 214 acts of terrorism in 2003-2004 alone, according to 2005 Terrorism Review.
Gross corruption charges have for a long time been directed at the PLO; which already by 1993 was the richest terrorist organization of the world, according to British National Criminal Intelligence Service, having assets of ten billion dollars and an annual income of approximately two billion dollars. Daily Telegraph reported in 1999 that the PLO had secretly invested over 50 billion dollars around the world. Still, Norway has continuously broken bread with these.
Norwegian taxpayer’s money has amongst other things financed a number of visits from The Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Fatah and not to forget the PLO, coming to Oslo. Not to mention the intense activities of Norway’s previous Foreign Minister, Jonas Gahr-Store, as he has been travelling extensively between different Islamistic groups in the Middle East, having secret meetings already in 2007 with Hamas’ leader, Khaled Meshaal, which shocked the West. Having publicly denied these meetings, the Norwegian TV station, TV2 forced him to admit to lying about this in 2010, an incident which is referred to in Aftenposten.
PA Minister, Faisal Husseini said to Al-Safir in 2001 that «Our eyes will continue to aspire to the strategic goal, namely, to Palestine from the river [Jordan] to the sea. Whatever we get now cannot make us forget this supreme truth». And Hamas’ message from the internet: «We are a nation that drinks blood, and we know that no blood is better than the Jews’.” In this perspective it is interesting to note that the pluralist liberal democracy of Israel is the only in the Middle East where gays are protected legally, having annual gay pride parades, religious liberty and where Christian minorities are growing and the nation enjoys free press and an active public debate. But these we do not support in Norway.
As late as 1996, Yasser Arafat stated in Stockholm, three years after his Nobel award, that the Palestinian plan still was to get annihilate Israel, establish a pure Palestinian state and make the Middle East so horrible that the Jewish minority would not stand to live there anymore, according to Arutz-7.Arafat said this three years after having received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo in 1993.The PLO’s decision on genocide against the Jews had still not been removed from its charter. As we all know, one of the reasons for Oslo II 1995 was that Arafat was to denounce terrorism and remove from its charter the quest for Jewish genocide.
The current Norwegian Labor government has been far too gullibly influenced by Palestinian propaganda. Hoping to become an internationally renowned peace mediator and content seeing the effects of our checkbook diplomacy, we have closed our eyes to what we actually finance. No wonder our role as a peace mediator in the Middle East seems to be over.