"A close, close and good relationship with the United States" warns Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre in Ny Tid in one of his first interviews on Norwegian foreign policy. .
I was very surprised by the word choice. Can the Foreign Minister really choose such words now? Can a relationship be "close, close and good" to a superpower that is waging a war of aggression – a war these people were and are against? Should this be a bottom line in Norwegian foreign policy?
Admittedly, the Foreign Minister adds a "as to all other countries". But the United States is not just any country. The wording is similar to Jan Petersen's.
And the wording goes sharply across the attitudes a broad peace movement has shown in this country by taking to the streets in the largest political demonstration we have seen in decades – a movement that forced Norway out of a war as conservative forces in that government enough would have liked to have. And a movement that put some of the planks under it says that got us. . .
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