Statements like that quickly get you labeled a conspiracy theorist, and in a country like Norway that just means you do your own thinking. You’d think new world order was controversial, but if you google it you’ll find quotes by JFK, Richard Nixon, Joe Biden, George Bush and least surprising of all, Henry Kissinger. You may phrase it differently, but when President Obama said that all nations must come together to build a stronger global regime, it sounded pretty world order to me.
The Labour Party in Norway had their convention a couple of weeks ago, and one of their statements was especially disturbing. They said that the party wanted to promote a global order with the UN as a core, but they were also prepared to continue supporting US military action without a mandate from the UN. How is this different from a new world order?
The University of Zürich has made a list of the most globalised countries in the world, and it shows that Europe is much more globalised than the USA. I guess it’s not that surprising if you think of where the major companies and influences come from. We are the targets. Norway isn’t exactly influencing the lives of Americans. Have you heard about Yara International? They produce fertilisers and employ 8 000 people. How about the retailer Reitan Group with its 27 000 employees? These are pretty big companies, but not exactly on the level of McDonalds, Coca Cola, Apple and Facebook.
We have always seen America as a friend, and US influence has always been regarded as something positive, but I don’t think we should let our friend get away anything. When Donald Trump gave the order to launch Tomahawk missiles towards Syria, he became the US president. Many see the use of force or looking good on TV as being presidential, even when they are not sure it’s the right thing to do. Anything but complete support is seen as unpatriotic, but I wish being patriotic meant telling your government how it should act. We have the same problem in Norway. We can’t debate whether or not we should support actions that may be a violation of international law. We support the USA no matter what, and when you expect that kind of totally blind loyalty, you have started walking down a path that will lead you to a dark place. I am still a US supporter, but I like a democracy where you can express concern, and I am concerned about what our old friend is doing right now. I personally don’t think America or any other region of this world will be great without the values that made us great in the first place. I think our biggest flaw is that we insist on removing the spritual content from our civilization, and as a result of that many choose something far worse.
Just out of curiousity, what do you consider to be reasonable for a dominating country to do towards others? If that is reasonable for us, would it be the same if things were reversed and Russia did it to us?