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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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    pst314 | July 26, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Was Ambassador Sevje in that crowd that chanted “Hamas! Hamas! Jews to the gas!”? Or did a prior engagement painting swastikas on synagogues keep him away?

    david7134 | July 26, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    I had another thought on this matter. During WWII the people of Norway went out of their way to try and screen Jews from the Nazi’s. They organized points of exit to Sweden and they even protected that homes and businesses for several years till the people could return. Of ther people that could not get away and were sent to the camps, the government of Norway put extreme pressure on the Germans to account for their citizens. This kept many out of the death camps and resulted in more Red Cross efforts to keep in touch and provide better food. So what happened to them?

    ella8 | July 26, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    They need to stop calling this guy a Christian, he is a “cultural christian” which is distinctly different. He is more like the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, who believes in cultural aspects of christianity, but is otherwise an atheist.

    pst314 | July 26, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Speaking of genocide-loving Norwegians, how about this praise for bin Laden?

    LukeHandCool | July 27, 2011 at 4:35 am

    What the hell is in the water in Norway lately?

    The Norwegian shooter is insane.

    Palestinian terrorists are evil.

    You can plead insanity … but you can’t plead evil.

    So, in answer to your question:

    “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”?”

    Nope. And implying otherwise is … just insane.

    LukeHandCool (who, if he keeps throwing his hands up in disbelief at the European ruling elite’s screwy anti-Israel bias any more … might just start flying).

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