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A third way in foreign policy

The newly elected leader of Rød Ungdom, Tobias Drevland Lund (21), tells Ny Tid that Norway should be militarily independent of the great powers the USA and Russia. Instead, he sees a Nordic defense alliance as a third way in foreign policy.

(PS. This article is machine-translated from Norwegian)

The idea of ​​a Nordic defense alliance – with Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland – is not entirely new, but Lund says that the proposal has now been included in Red's party program:

"It was my suggestion to include it in Red's program. It has been stated policy from the AKP that a Nordic defense alliance has been wanted. I think that block could have been strong. Sweden and Finland are now independent of NATO. Finland has a great defense, based on military service that we also support. It makes sense to choose such an alliance to stay away from conflicts on the stairs. ”

Foreign Posten. Red wants to cancel Norway out of NATO and also wants to strengthen the UN, with more power for poor countries in the Security Council: “It is problematic that smaller countries are overrun. Especially countries in the global south have little influence in the UN, ”says Lund:

“It is largely an organization built and run by the western, rich countries. Power must be guaranteed to all countries, so that they stand equal. Norway should spend even more money on humanitarian work, more money to build up countries that are in conflict and provide reconciliation between the parties. ”

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When asked what Norwegian foreign policy would have looked like if Red had had the post of foreign minister, he says:

"We would probably have focused more on the countries that need the most development in the world, and not smeared on the president of the United States. We would focus foreign policy more on fair trade. Development policy has expired completely after the blue-blue government took over. We need not only assistance – but also solidarity – and that is lacking in Norwegian political international work. ”

"After the fall of the Soviet Union, NATO has been an attack alliance and not a defense alliance." 

He emphasizes that Norway as a rich country has a responsibility to help other countries raise living standards and to help the poor in the situation they are in:

“Also considering that Western companies operate in the mines in Congo – which mines the minerals we use in our smartphones. The material prosperity we have, we have to take greater responsibility for, as other people live in difficult conditions in order for us to have a cell phone in our hands, or to wear clothes made in Bangladesh. ”

Lund says that Red opposes the deployment of foreign forces on Norwegian soil, including airbases with US soldiers in Norway and those planned in the future: "Politicians want Norway to be an advanced US base. They believe that the alliance created in the wake of the Second World War is still a goal. But after the fall of the Soviet Union, NATO has been an attack alliance and not a defense alliance. "

“One of the first suggestions Red made when we entered the Storting was to keep the base policy as intended in 1948: that there should only be Norwegian bases on Norwegian soil. Unfortunately, most parties in the Storting believe that one does not lose the right to self-rule by having the bases there. ”

International activists. When asked about Rødt's foreign policy priorities, Lund believes that their members are characterized by theirs international political activism and its dedication: “The Roots show time and again that they are activists, that they have a great passion for the oppressed people around the world – be it a Mads Gilbert who goes to Gaza as a doctor or Erling Folkvord as going to Kurdistan and Rojava and visiting those areas. ”

He also states that members of Red are very active in front organizations that fight for liberation and democracy:

"It is full of activists who not only target the parliamentary or grassroots level, but who physically go to countries that are subject to oppression."

He believes this is a testament to a genuine and credible commitment from Rødt:

“Not only in words, but in action, we support the struggle of the oppressed by traveling to learn and change. And also by being down there and not just working from offices in Oslo. Last year I myself was on my way to illegally enter Western Sahara, but was stopped by the Moroccan authorities. Red has the commitment needed for international issues. I wish I saw the same commitment from other parties. "

Red opposes foreign forces on Norwegian soil.

Marcus Thrane. We ask the young politician what inspires his office. Lund points out unfair distribution of resources as his driving force: "Inequality drives me the most, and also the fight for a just world."

“The difference between those who have the most and those who have the least has never been greater. Although material wealth has increased in Norway over the last hundred years, inequality has also increased in the last thirty years, whether the name of the Minister of Finance is Kristin Halvorsen or Siv Jensen. ”

Environmental policy is also a priority for Lund: “Climate change can mean that we do not have a basis for life for the next thousand years, as long as we let capitalism prevail and put profits before people. We also have humanitarian disasters based on war and misery. Where peace policy, reconciliation and mutual solidarity between countries should have been, we instead have a weapons industry that is craving for more money. We have international politicians rattling with the sabers rather than helping each other with medicine. ”

Lund cites Marcus Thrane as an inspiration for his political work:

"Thrane is the father of the trade union movement in Norway, and the trade union movement is the most upstanding revolutionary force we have. At least it should play that role. He started a democracy revolution, really, for universal suffrage regardless of gender, regardless of income, wealth and property. ”

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Kaisa Ytterhaug
Ytterhaug is a freelancer in Ny Tid.

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