From Iceland To Norway: Crackpots Galore

UPDATE: The Israel Supreme Court has ruled that the second stage of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange must proceed because Israel “must keep its commitment” to Hamas. 550 prisoners will be released on Monday. Unbelievable.


There must be something in the icy cold atmosphere of northern Europe that sends its residents on flights of delusional fancy.

Yesterday saw Iceland recognize “Palestine” within the pre-1967 borders–in other words the 1948 armistice lines. In comments to Dr. Riad Malki, the Foreign Minister of Palestine, Össur Skarphéðinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland said that it was simply “a matter of justice.”

This decision is not really news because it has been long in the making; for decades, Iceland has been one of Israel’s leading detractors in every international venue. As recently as this past July, Skarphedinsson visited Hamas terrorist Gaza promising Palestinians Icelandic support in their bid for statehood. He also visited Jordan and Egypt but purposely went out of his way to avoid any diplomatic contact with Israel.

Skarphedinsson at a photo-op with Gazan 'fishermen' in Hamas terrorist Gaza-- arranged by UNRWA

By the way, Skarphedinsson’s visit of solidarity with the Hamas terrorists took place almost exactly one month before Islamist Palestinian Hamas fired more than 100 rockets at the men, women, and children of southern Israel in the latter part of August. What did the Icelandic Skarphedinsson have to say about these war crimes? Absolutely nothing . . . causing your humble servant to wonder how these crimes fit in with Skarphedinsson’s “refined” notion of “justice.”

Nytt Norsk Tiddskrift: one of many supposed Norwegian "academic journals"

Continuing on our northern European gambol, we come to Norway where Ola Tunander, a Swedish professor working at the Peace Research Institute in Oslo, published an article this week in the Norwegian academic journal Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift. In this so-called “academic” article, Tunander outrageously suggests (without one scintilla of evidence) that the Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik was an Israeli agent whose mission was to slaughter as many Norwegians as possible last July.

Tunander goes on to say: “We have discussed the right-wing extremist Israeli and Judeo-Christian side of Breivik’s network, Israel’s interest in disciplining Norway, and Israel’s celebration of bomb attacks. In this respect, Breivik’s attack appears to resemble a new king David Hotel attack: July 22nd,” (the King David bombing in Jerusalem took place on July 22, 1946).

By the way, lest you think that Ola Tunander is just a local crackpot, he is a well-respected member of the Scandinavian “intellectual establishment”, and the trash that he was able to publish in Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift is indicative of what passes for academic “research” in Norwegian journals everyday.

In sum, your humble servant urges you to safeguard your mental health, dear reader, by avoiding northern Europe at all costs–who knows what delusion may beset you?

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