Saturday, December 24, 2005

Norwegian thought experiment

As a thought experiment, just imagine that a group of Norwegian intellectuals got together and produced a report for an extreme right-wing politician in Norway that advocated, amongst other things, that Norway should arrange for 'regime change' in Sweden. A number of years later, most of these same guys end up as important officials and advisors in the American government, and set up a system specifically devised to create lies about Sweden intended to trick the American people into attacking Sweden. Some of the lies actually come directly from the Prime Minister's office in Oslo. One of the writers of the report, a guy with direct contact with Norwegian politicians and generals, even ends up heading the very group that arranges for the trickery! After Sweden lies in ruins, with 100,000 or so dead Swedes, and it has been revealed that all the stories told to the American people about Sweden were in fact lies, and someone has the temerity to point out the ethnic origin of the group who wrote the report and arranged for the war, would you call it anti-Norwegianism (since nobody hates Norwegians, English doesn't even have a word for it!)? Of course not. It just so happens that the particular group behind the disaster of the attack on Iraq is a group that is uniquely protected from any criticism, no matter how vile their crimes. It's not the group that is important, but the fact that the conspiracy was entirely in aid of the perceived interests of the country which claims to represent and stand up for that group. There were no doubt a lot of American reasons for the attack on Iraq, and it is somewhat misleading - in some cases, intentionally so - to characterize the attack as a 'war for . . . ' The key point is this: if it was not for the Herculean efforts of agents for the Israeli extreme right operating at the highest levels of the American government, the war would not have occurred. End of story.