Two days ago, most Norwegian papers reported – in moderation one might add – on the paradoxical outcome for a Norwegian woman holiday maker in Dubai, when she reported the crime to local police. She was promptly jailed and her passport seized and only after 4 days able to make it to the Norwegian Seaman’s Church where she was offered accommodation. This week, after several grueling months, the sentence was make known. She was found guilty of extramarital sex, of illegal alcohol consumption and for making false statements to the police and sentenced to 1 year and 4 months in the slammer. To add insult to severe injury, the woman was also sacked from her Qatari based company for improper behavior. Most fair minded Norwegians who read the article yesterday, collectively and instantaneously choked on their morning coffee, and had their eyeballs pop out of the scull when they also could read how the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs “had been in touch with the woman for several months” and offer consular assistance or help to Norwegian citizens in Dubai. Her attacker, a muslim, was also sentenced to prison for extramarital sex, but got off with three months less than his victim.
None of these shocking details could get our human rights oriented ministers, “peace” researchers, and other members of the Norwegian elites to get off their sun beds to protest this absurd ruling or in any other way stand up for a woman in real need.
Until yesterday afternoon, after one scathing attack after the other on the incomprehensible frugal response from the Norwegian authorities, the official response from Norway was ” we offer assistance to Norwegians in Dubai”.
None of the fanfare, none of those flaming condemnations which flow so easily of some ministers or diplomatic staffers tongues when you-know-who is merely suspected of some wrongdoing.
But then the coin must have dropped at some brainy broilers office – elections are only 2 months off, the Norwegian voters have fallen out of love with the Red-Green project and are unlikely to become re-enchanted after this. In particular since the mass immigration have put enormous strains on the social fabric and cohesiveness in Norway, with many small parallel-universe enclaves challenging the mainstream society with demands that are seen to curtail the rights of everybody else. In other words, the mood on the street is not what it was some years ago, and the 22 of July effect has been gratuitously spent on witch hunts and berating political opponents.
So this was a tactical blunder of some magnitude. Nevertheless, the episode serves to underline the fundamental facts here: Human rights, indeed a woman’s right to not be raped, are nothing but suave phrases to throw about at a fancy diplomat party.
But to stand up for a woman who has been denied all of her basic human rights in a country Norway identifies as an important market for trade and industry, appears to not be an automatic response these geezers have trained for in broiler school. Which is frightening. That their humanity is only a smear on application, that does not run particularly deep.
Today however, Norwegian schools who collaborate with companies in the Emirates are waking up with a bit of a bad taste in their mouth, since they too have tolerated the intolerable, whispered inaudibly where others with more courage and moral stamina shout loudly against injustices. It is very unlikely that other Norwegian companies, many of which the Norwegian state is a major stakeholder and through which billions are poured into “sustainable and ethical projects” from the petroleum fund will follow suit. Too much is at stake, much more important that the humanitarian facade Norwegian elites are so fond of claiming as their higher ground.
But now we know. And elections are a mere two months away.