Theater of Cruelty

Norwegian war crimes?

Marielle Leranand
Marielle Leraand
Former deputy chairman of Rødt, and regular commentator in MODERN TIMES.
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.


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