WAR INDUSTRY:When the oil age is over, we can survive war - if we turn right. Drama series Made in Norway raises ethical issues for the Norwegian arms industry.

Email: daghoel@nytid.no
Published: 2020-03-12
Made in Norway - For security and peace

NRK Radio Theater ()

On Thursday, March 12, NRK Radio Theater will premiere on the thrill series Made in Norway. It is a hearing games for six episodes on Norwegian arms trade.

The drama series starts with Norwegian soldiers in Iraq, under American command, being ordered out on a mission and revealing that rebels have weapons stockpiles with rockets manufactured at Raufoss. This scenario is not unrealistic and it strikes me. I grew up on Raufoss, and I worked in Central America when missiles from my hometown were used by rebels fighting against Norway's political allies. The relationship was denied by the ammunition factory until the facts could not be refuted. The Norwegian authorities were embarrassed.

Ethical issues

Norwegian arms trade to colorful addresses, be it to Jair Bolsonaros Brazil, to the emir of Kuwait or to the dictatorship in Thailand, has been normalized. Such connections were previously considered scandals. Now they are happy things in Teknisk Ukeblad. Therefore, it is refreshing to NRK and screenwriter Vegard Steiro Amundsen highlights ethical issues that have not been discussed in the Norwegian public without the government's refusal to state that Norway's security depends on revenue from the sale of military products to "emerging markets in the Middle East".

The logic behind Norway's security depends on revenues from arms sales, is that weapon technology is costly to develop. Today we are in the elite division. If we tighten export practices, revenues will shrink, and we will no longer be able to finance new technology. We will slow down and our defense will suffer.

This production is cheap, but sold as a justification, if not the only one, for 80-90 per cent of military production in Norway to be sold out of the country. Most of it goes to NATO allies and other natural partners. For example, Oman, which trades for billions in Norway.

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