Subscription 790/year or 190/quarter

Norwegian war crimes?

Marielle Leranand
Marielle Leraand
Leader in Fred and Justice (FOR), regular commentator in MODERN TIMES, and former deputy leader in Rødt.
We reported Jens Stoltenberg and the most senior officials in the government for war crimes and complicity in crimes against humanity.


The UN report Report of the International Commission of Inquiry on Libya gave, according to us who reported, grounds for reporting on the Stoltenberg II government. This applied to the then Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, Defense Minister Grete Faremo and Defense Chief Harald Sunde – according to the Criminal Code 2005 chapter 16 on genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimer.

The commission, which was set up by FN, examined only a small fraction of the bombing raids. 20 of them, to be exact. And NATO carried out a total of 9700 bombing runs. And with these 20 investigated bombing raids, it was documented that at least 60 civilians had been killed and 55 wounded. Norway participated in 564 raids. So you do the math! How many civilian lives were blown into the sky by the Norwegian bombers? We'll never know. What we do know is that in the 20 missions the UN investigated, the commission found several bombings with civilian casualties where no military targets could be detected in the vicinity. In other words, pure executions, pure war crimes.

There were three of us who worked on this review of Jens Stoltenberg and the most senior officials in the government for war crimes and complicity in crimes against humanity, and we submitted the report to the Sentrum police station in Oslo at the beginning of Easter 2013. The other two who signed the report were Aslak Storaker, who then represented the Movement for Socialism, and Ola Tellesbø, who is also a lawyer and who wrote the report itself.

The report was forwarded to the Attorney General, with a view to possibly bringing charges to the National Court. The Attorney General forwarded this to the Storting's Control and Constitution Committee, so that the report could be processed by the Storting. It was dropped. This was appealed by us, but dismissed again...

And what reactions did we get to this review in the Norwegian press?

The only newspaper that mentioned it at all was Klassekampen. But then to criticize us in a leadership position. One should certainly not go the legal route in this matter in order to achieve political goals, believed then editor Mímir Kristjánsson.

Norwegian media

But now the pipe has a completely different sound. Now Red goes to the front, with Mímir Kristjánsson, who today is not the editor of Klassekampen, but part of Rødt's Storting group, in order to have Putin and Russia to legal responsibility by establishing a "special tribunal for crimes of aggression against Ukraine". A proposal that is of course applauded by the other parties in the Storting. Even people like Anniken Huitfeldt was impressed by Rødt and relieved to see that now Rødt had finally got his act together and was on the right track.

How many civilian lives were blown into the sky by the Norwegian bombers?

Condemning the war crime of the enemy Putin is indeed very popular at the moment in a country where NATO resistance is on its bed of soot.

Convicting those responsible for similar crimes back to 2013 has, on the other hand, been little heard. No major media found it interesting to cover that Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg had been reported. There was also no interest in following the course of the case, which is therefore two layoffs from the goat that was supposed to fit the sack of oats, or rather the legislation. Yes, a joint Storting, which at the time was supposed to look after itself and controller own actions, should in any case potentially have been able to look after themselves, and also raise the matter in Parliament, since the government joined our country in a war where war crimes and complicity in crimes against humanity were demonstrably committed, documented by no less than the UN itself. But the control and constitutional committee, which consists of all parties, including SV at the time, considered it to mean that the matter did not deserve parliamentary consideration.

We sent out a press release to all media in Norway in advance of the report, and we mobilized to mark a small point with hand-held posters with a picture of the face of the then Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, Defense Minister Grete Faremo and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, with the inscription "war criminal!". And there we stood outside the Sentrum police station in connection with handing over the report. But no media appeared, neither with a pen nor with a camera.

NRK did indeed call me, who was the spokesperson for the review group, but the interview, which was long and took place by telephone, was never published on the website. It was stuffed in the desk. By the editor? Who knows? In any case, there was no case available to the public.

One might wonder why that is not should be of interest to our state channel that Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg was reported for war crimes and complicity in crimes against humanity. Isn't this something that can be assumed to be of interest to the Norwegian people?

We shouldn't have been surprised then. And we shouldn't be surprised that No the media this time leads a critical debate about this war. Admittedly, I missed it once on NRK Debatten, but since then it has been quiet. No follow-up of either my views or the assessments of others who not sees this war as the press office of the President of the United States or NATO sees it.


- self-advertisement -

Recent Comments:

Siste artikler

The human planet

ESSAY: What actually lies in the term 'anthropocene' as the term for the era we now find ourselves in? The Anthropocene refers to the many ways in which we humans have transformed the world and recreated it in our image. But there has been a discussion between biologists, anthropologists, geologists and other disciplines about what the term actually entails.

Desire, according to Lacan, is impossible to grasp

PSYCHOLOGY: Blaise Pascal was a contradictory figure: He was one of the most important mathematicians and scientists of all time, but at the same time a rather strict and dogmatic Catholic. By dogmatic is mainly meant that he emphasized a clear distinction between faith and knowledge. And ask yourself: Is there a difference between 'idiocy's truth' and 'truth's idiocy'?

The NATO resistance, a sprout for SF and Orientering

LABOR PARTY: The leading force in the labor movement manipulated Norway into a military, political and economic marriage with the Western capitalist bloc NATO. What methods did the leadership of the Labor Party use to gain a majority, and how was the first opposition organized? Sigurd Evensmo was culture editor at Arbeiderbladet when the first NATO advances were reported. When the party enrolled Norway in the alliance in 1949, he left the editor's chair and resigned from the Labor Party.

The private is political

activism: One of the main goals of the Iranian clergy, the politicians and the people who support the clergy is to keep women and everything related to them out of the public sphere. But Nobel Prize nominee Masih Alinejad is giving voice to Iran's oppressed women through social and global media. Honesty, without pretensions, is an important part of Alinejad's life and writing.

Progress in dark times

FUTURE: With crises on all sides, it has become difficult to claim that the world is moving forward progressively. In her new book Fortschritt und Regression, Rahel Jaeggi will nevertheless stick to the idea of ​​progress. Society does not aim at inherent goals – they primarily solve problems, she claims.

A renewal of the critique of ideology

ALIENATION: This little book by Rahel Jaeggi is stimulating and useful – at a time when ideology criticism and the hermeneutics of suspicion have come under pressure, among other things from people who cultivate 'presence' and the everyday. And what if our actions and institutions are emptied of meaning and go on autopilot – will we be perceived as alienated?

Once upon a time

GAZA: Snapshots from a Gaza that is gone forever. Once upon a time, everyone passed through Gaza. And to all it was the "Athens of Asia," because it was a center of philosophy. Gaza was conquered, and was Ottoman from 1516, British from 1917, Egyptian from 1948 – and finally Israeli from 1967. In the old Gaza you saw girls in miniskirts, girls with whiskey and cigarettes, girls dancing, and girls painting at the art academy . And the Ottoman teahouse Beit Sitti was a haunt for intellectuals, musicians and artists. There was also a rock band and a yoga centre, and pizzeria Italiano and granita... But today?

The biopolitical foundations of modern society

PHILOSOPHY: An immune body is understood as protected against outside invaders. But as Esposito has touched on, biological immunity has also had political and military historical significance.

I was completely out of the world

Essay: The author Hanne Ramsdal tells here what it means to be put out of action – and come back again. A concussion leads, among other things, to the brain not being able to dampen impressions and emotions.

Silently disciplining research

PRIORITIES: Many who question the legitimacy of the US wars seem to be pressured by research and media institutions. An example here is the Institute for Peace Research (PRIO), which has had researchers who have historically been critical of any war of aggression – who have hardly belonged to the close friends of nuclear weapons.

Is Spain a terrorist state?

SPAIN: The country receives sharp international criticism for the police and the Civil Guard's extensive use of torture, which is never prosecuted. Regime rebels are imprisoned for trifles. European accusations and objections are ignored.

Is there any reason to rejoice over the coronary vaccine?

COVID-19: There is no real skepticism from the public sector about the coronary vaccine – vaccination is recommended, and the people are positive about the vaccine. But is the embrace of the vaccine based on an informed decision or a blind hope for a normal everyday life?

The military commanders wanted to annihilate the Soviet Union and China, but Kennedy stood in the way

Military: We focus on American Strategic Military Thinking (SAC) from 1950 to the present. Will the economic war be supplemented by a biological war?


Bjørnboe: In this essay, Jens Bjørneboe's eldest daughter reflects on a lesser – known psychological side of her father.

Arrested and put on smooth cell for Y block

Y-Block: Five protesters were led away yesterday, including Ellen de Vibe, former director of the Oslo Planning and Building Agency. At the same time, the Y interior ended up in containers.

A forgiven, refined and anointed basket boy

Pliers: The financial industry takes control of the Norwegian public.

Michael Moore's new film: Critical to alternative energy

EnvironmentFor many, green energy solutions are just a new way to make money, says director Jeff Gibbs.

The pandemic will create a new world order

Mike Davis: According to activist and historian Mike Davis, wild reservoirs, like bats, contain up to 400 types of coronavirus that are just waiting to spread to other animals and humans.

The shaman and the Norwegian engineer

cohesion: The expectation of a paradise free of modern progress became the opposite, but most of all, Newtopia is about two very different men who support and help each other when life is at its most brutal.

Skinless exposure

Anorexia: shameless uses Lene Marie Fossen's own tortured body as a canvas for grief, pain and longing in her series of self portraits – relevant both in the documentary self Portrait and in the exhibition Gatekeeper.