Lately there has been very little writing or talking about Israel. Summer is upon us and the current government have now realized that they are not exactly favorites for the upcoming elections, so they are now busy tabling more and more desperate measures proposals to see if they can curry favor with distanced voters. At the same time, the right of center parties are floating ideas to gauge voter response. Interestingly, they have consistently floated ideas on how to be tougher on Palestinians, and less savage with Israel – Might the fact that these ideas have been expanded on, rather than taken off the table, suggest that a more balanced approach to the ME conflict is now the expectation of Norwegian voters?
While Israel is not a hot topic at the moment, conspicuously so is also not the news that our former FM Jonas Gahr Støre and Chief of Defense Harald Sunde have been denounced for war crimes and crimes against humanity for the Norwegian involvement in the Libyan war. In fact, no newspaper have reported on this, and no politicians (certainly not any from the Labour party), who otherwise are so eager to denounce you know who…
This embarrassing failure to debate such a major piece of news by politicians and mainstream media inspired Hanne Nabintu Herland to write a stinging criticism of the “establishment”. I think a fitting description is HORRENDOUS DOUBLE STANDARDS!!!!
lifted from dagsavisen.no (google translate)
Jens Stoltenberg Jonas Gahr Støre denounced: the LIBYA war
Published April 4 – 17263 views posts
I will take this opportunity to thank Edward Vogt who has denounced Jonas Gahr Støre and Helge Sunde for war crimes after Norwegian attacks on Libya. Heartfelt thanks also to the deputy RED, Marielle Leraand for her commitment to international justice.
I will take this opportunity to thank warmly deputy RED, Marielle Leraand with friends for their commitment to justice with respect to the Libya war. What Norway did there, is absolutely terrible and brutal abuse of human rights. We can not remain silent on this topic.
I have attached link to my blog where I comment that Jens Stoltenberg, Jonas Gahr Støre, Grete Faremo and Harald Sunde now reviewed by deputy in RED, Marielle Leraand with friends, for war crimes and complicity in crimes against humanity in Libya war, as well as the event that Rune Fardal made me aware of in his post : “The denunciation media Norway is not talking about” where he said that “Edvard Vogt has denounced the former Foreign Minister and Chief of defence Helge Sunde for war crimes after Norwegian attacks in Libya. Edvard Vogt is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the Faculty of Law at the University of Bergen. Vogt is among other things known for his role in the revelations of police violence cases in Bergen. WHY IS THERE A COMPLETE SILENCE IN THE MEDIA WHEN THESE PERSONS ARE DENOUNCED FOR WAR CRIMES ? ”
Commented on here: Many thanks also to Rune Fardal who wrote this post.
I take the liberty to enclose my article in Aftenposten 27.10.2011 on the subject and would again like to thank the RED deputy showing that the party and the others who participated in practice actually care about international justice:
NATO’s offenses in Libya. Aftenposten 27.10.2011
NATO’s contribution to warfare and genocide in Libya is one of today’s worst examples of the West’s assault. In a just world would the politically responsible be tried by the court in The Hague for crimes against humanity. For NATO, in our lifetime has gone from being a transatlantic defense alliance into a political force attack alliance against weak states where Western interests are threatened.
Huntington pointed out in his book The Clash of Civilizations? from 1996 that future conflicts came to go along cultural lines, because civilizations do not understand each other. NATO’s war in Libya is a grotesque example of this. NATO’s war in Libya can be seen as an example of this. Huntington says that Western countries’ dominance in the UN Security Council has made the UN has long worked as a servant of Western interests, while the double standards are presented as if the act of world society, democracy and the protection of civilians.
It has gained legitimacy in the UN to attack a state based on assumptions and Defeased evidence, failed UN-fly mandate and bombed Africa’s richest countries smithereens, contributed to the mass murder of civilians, interfered in a country’s internal affairs by unilaterally to support the one party and most recently, supported regimes that violate any international rule of handling prisoners of war. Hilary Clinton’s laughter when she heard about Gadaffis death while she quoted Julius Caesar about his own role in the matter speaks for itself. The award of the Nobel Peace Prize to President Barack Obama, who has given the U.S. the green light to this, is emerging as a major mistake.
Huntington points out that in a global world is the Western notion that Western values are universal potentially very dangerous. It provides an artificial legitimacy to destabilize nations, contributing to war and civil war, which may eventually lead to the West’s own downfall. Another political scientist Robert Kagan points out the West in the last decade has led an aggressive and self-adulation global policy with the aim to shape the world according to their values, and in this process they have forced others to bend over for their determination in ways that was convicted of provoking a backlash. In a world of diverse cultural, ethnic and religious identities is crucial that the West acknowledges that its culture and values are distinct, but not universal. It has jurisdiction in the Western cultural sphere, but not on everyone else’s territory.
The brutal lynching of Moammar Gaddafi and his son Muatassim violates any concept of international justice, which according to CNN quickly given Gadaffi martyr status in African and Muslim countries, countries that now hardly dare to say a word, which is not strange considering the relentlessness West has shown the world that will befall those who say against them. And this is democracy and human rights activists? It appears as unforgivable cynical when Norwegian authorities require killing ‘examined’ to ‘find out what happened.’ We know what happened – we saw the video. Such an ‘investigation’ may be suspected to have as their real goal to touch reality.
All agree that Gadaffi like Western leaders were not flawless, he has also imprisoned opinion opponents without trial and dealt with dissidents hard, but he was also a secular modernisator. This often omitted in the western press, if one-sided media coverage misleads Western public opinion. Libya was before the West’s “humanitarian bombing” Africa’s richest countries with higher living standards than Italy and Australia, free education, health care and the right to study abroad scholarships for men and women, unemployment benefits and transfers of $ 50 000 by family establishment. 82% can read and write. Socialist Moammar Gadaffi has allowed oil wealth benefit the population, big government foreign funds were secure future. In recent years, we have adapted to the West, semitrailer army and opened to Western investment.
To the extent that Gadaffi was a tyrant, the West’s abuse of power that the tyrant was removed by an even worse tyrant. For it is long since Professor Jacob L. Talmon showed how easily democracy can become totalitarian, where arrogant political elites exerts a relentless peer pressure from both the media and the population. The West’s current aggression strategy, one should in all honesty at least remove the slogans of hope for peace in the Middle East. Libya war will in all probability result in substantial military build-up in countries that do not belong to the Western alliance, a rapidly growing hatred in poor countries against neo-colonialism and democratic introduction of militant Islamism in the region overall increases war and terrorism risk significantly in the years to come. We can thank ourselves for this development.