On Syria, Israel and… Norway’s capability to adequately defend itself

Obviously, the election results continue to occupy every news outlet in Norway, most of them busy ridiculing/delegitimizing the winning quartet… or building a public opinion so negative that no matter what they (the fabulous 4) do or don’t do, they will still be perceived as liars and losers. But here and there, there are topics of more international importance, such as Syria (hand-wringing and crocodile tears, but no real action), or how sad it is that Palestinians in Lebanon must live among rats. Interestingly, a scandalous report from the previous army chief, where it is made clear (not for the first time) that Norway for the time being is unable to adequately defend itself, has not really been discussed in any media at all. Possibly because the media pundits in the first place despise army and defense, and in the second, still are reluctant to ask any real critical questions about what the outgoing government actually did to protect people. One would have thought that after the terrible fracas of July 22/11, they would have rushed to sort out the chaos, but alas, it seems romanticism or just old fashioned stupidity prevails….

WILL RESPOND THROUGH ATTACKING ISRAEL

Aftenposten 2013 09 10

Kristin Solberg

Summary

Hezbollah makes threats towards Israel.

 

THE ACCORDS DID NOT CHANGE THE MIDDLE EAST

Dagsavisen 2013 09 11 p 18

Roger Hercz

Pay Wall

Summary.

On the debacle of the Oslo accords; mainly described from a “human interest” perspective.

 

SYRIA ACCEPT RUSSIAN PROPOSAL ON CHEMICAL WEAPONS

Aftenposten 2013 09 10

Tor Arne Andreassen

Summary.

Russian Interfax news agency reports Syria accepts Russian proposal to put chemical weapons under “international control”. Syrian FM Walid al Mouallem states this is being done in order to “remove US pretext for aggression”. According to Reuters this is receiving support by the PRC.

 

SLY SLIP OF THE TONGUE LED TO PAUSE ON SYRIA

Aftenposten 2013 09 11 p 12

Kristoffer Rønneberg

Not Online

Summary.

Analysis of the diplomatic situation surrounding Syria; after John Kerry’s alleged slip of the tongue on Syria; and President Putin’s by now apparently accepted initiative on chemical weapons. The author states the situation has been put to rest for some time; giving President Obama time to untangle from the predicaments made by his “Red line” statements.

 

HRW: REGIME USED SARIN

Dagsavisen 2013 09 11 p 14

NTB

Pay Wall

Summary.

Human Rights Watch claims Syrian regime used Sarin nerve gas in attack on Ghouta suburb; having tangible evidence over this.

HEAVY FIGHTING OVER CHRISTIAN SYRIAN CITY

Dagen 2013 09 11 p 12

Kari Fure

Summary.

On the battle over the Christian city of Maaloula; and the fears of the minorities in Syria over the outcomes of the civil war.

A FAREWELL TO ARMS

Verdens Gang 2013 09 11 p 3

Per Olav Ødegård

Summary.

On the proposal over the Syrian chemical weapons; being face-saving to President Obama; and possibly creating some hope for a political solution to the civil war. The author points to the danger inherent in the Syrian chemical arsenal; not least to the possibility of them falling in AL Qaeda’s hands.

LIVING WITH RATS

Verdens Gang 2013 09 11 p 18, 19

Brynjar Skjærli/Harald Henden

Not Online

Summary.

On the situation for Palestinians having fled Syria; now living within the Shatila refugee camp in Beirut, described as a “hell-hole”.

 

FORMER DEFENSE CHIEF CRITICAL OF THE ARMED FORCES

The Norway Post 2013 09 11

Julie Ryland

Today’s military defense does not have the quality nor capacity to face even limited attacks on Norway, says General and former chief of defense Sverre Diesen.

“The only reason the truth about the Norwegian army is not revealed is because it does not have to prove on an everyday basis what it is capable of, unlike the police,” says Diesen.

The former chief of defense has written a report that points out what the army was able to contribute with on the day of the terror attacks, July 22, 2011. He outlines several reasons to why Norway’s military defense is in a worrisome, and what he refers to as “dysfunctional,” state.

Some of his arguments include that expensive weapons are only used for a short period of time, due to long training times and limited periods of compulsory military service. He also thinks that the army lacks trained staff that can operate fighter planes and weapons, as well as a general lack of physical training and fitness among soldiers.

“Through the compulsory military service, Norway is practically spending money on subsidizing youth’s self-realization. Many see the military service as a positive introduction to adulthood before they move on to university and a civil career. This gives very little back to the military defense,” Diesen writes in his report.

He blames both the left-wing and right-wing parties for today’s arrangement, although for different reasons.

Whereas the right-wing sees the military service as a year that builds character and a positive attitude towards the armed forces, as well as helps maintain a large army in a sparsely populated country, he says that the left-wing does not care much about the military whatsoever, but that since Norway does have one it should be more sympathetic than professional, Diesen concludes.

 

Anti-Semite rant of the day

 

OBAMA FOLLOWS IN ADOLF HITLER’S PATH

Dagsavisen 2013 09 05

Thor Krefting Nissen

Summary.

Obama is following in Hitler’s path, in order for Israel to gain lebensraum in Syria. And it’s the fault of AIPAC and the Jews. In fact, USA is a madhouse like North Korea.

Mr. Nissen’s rant may even be regarded as funny- had it not been published in what de facto is the leading newspaper supporting the Norwegian Labor party: being lavishly funded by taxpayers.