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    Norwegian Ambassador makes a terrorism distinction without a difference

    Norwegian Ambassador makes a terrorism distinction without a difference

    These statements by Norway’s Ambassador to Israel are deeply troubling, particularly at this time (via Israel Matzav):

    Norway’s ambassador to Israel drew distinctions between the Oslo and Utoeya massacres and Palestinian terrorism.

    Svein Sevje said in an Israeli newspaper interview Tuesday that while the Norwergian bomb and gun rampages that killed 76 people and Palestinian attacks should both be considered morally unacceptable, he wanted to “outline the similarity and the difference in the two cases.”

    Palestinians, the ambassador told Maariv, “are doing this because of a defined goal that is related to the Israeli occupation. There are elements of revenge against Israel and hatred of Israel. To this you can add the religious element to  their actions.”

    “In the case of the terror attack in Norway, the murderer had an ideology that says that Norway, particularly the Labor Party, is forgoing Norwegian culture,” Sevje said, referring to suspect Anders Breivik, a Christian nativist who is opently anti-Islam and anti-immigration.

    Unlike European Union states, Norway has engaged Hamas and often been fiercely critical of Israel, to Jerusalem’s dismay.

    While Sevje voiced sympathy for Israeli terror victims, having experienced “the inferno” of such attacks during his posting, he saw little chance of Norway reviewing its Middle East policies.

    “We Norwegians consider the occupation to be the cause of  the terror against Israel,” he said. “Those who believe this will not change their mind because of the attack in Oslo.”

    He added, “Can Israel and the Palestinians solve the problems without Hamas? I don’t think so.”

    While the Ambassador does say that Palestinian terror attacks also are “morally unacceptable,” he implicitly justifies them by making a distinction which makes no difference.

    Is deliberately targeting a busload of civilians with a suicide bomb out of “revenge,” “hatred” and “religion” really more justified than shooting up a summer camp of civilians in order to preserve “Norwegian culture”?


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    bleached cat | July 27, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Could there be some kind of has-been, never-been psychology at root of blaming terrorist attacks on whom they’re inflicted, if they’re mounted against successful, dynamic countries and peoples that the rest of the world has decided can never be victims, only perps, by dint of their social-techno-economic success?

    IOW, the US, Israel and to a lesser extent the UK are the cause of Everything, according to the resenters and terrorist apologists who seem to be convinced they’re not in control of their own fates in big and constructive ways and so lash out with contorted moral logic to justify hating the ugly Americans, dirty Jews and colonialist bad teeth Brits who have done the destiny thing well. Their envy and spite might be a back-handed compliment, but one we could live without. Just sayin’.

    […] A number of bloggers have weighed in, including: Elder of Ziyon, Doc’s Talk, Israel Matzav, My Right Word, JoshuaPundit, CAMERA Snapshots and Legal Insurrection. […]

    kobayashi | July 27, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Lots of things I can say but I’d be “preaching to the choir”

    * In looking at 2012 Primary Candidates, although “Its The Economy” is the major element, Israel is key. Without reference to Israel if the candidate knows where Al-Andalusia is and it’s relevance to the Madrid bombings, then there is a chance he understands why Israel and it’s Jewish, Christian, and Muslim citizens is a non-negotiable issue.

    * interesting note is

    * the second interesting note is
    – Robert Spencer and David Horowitz

    Al-Andalusia –

    Is what is today Spain, Portugal, and France south of Tours,

    and is what the Spanish took back at the completion of “The Reconquista” in 1492.

    Don Quixote was a parody of the Armored Horse Cav elite that fought the “Reconquista” a century and a half later.

    In todays world, Al-Andalusia [Spain and Portugal], Israel, and India are all in that boat. Excepting Indonesia, there exists more Muslim citizens in India as citizens than in all the rest of the islamic countries of the middle east and Africa, and of course there are Muslim Israeli Citizens as well as Muslim members of Knesset.

    What was it Chamberlain said as he came back from talks with Hitler again? Peace in our time?

    kobayashi | July 28, 2011 at 5:50 am

    Interesting observation from the Jerusalem Post on the American Thomas Friedman vs Mark Levin “Radio Feud”

    ….noting that I’m not a reader of The New York Times and don’t plan to start now.

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