July 20, 2004

Norwegians think they can vote here?

How unilateral, how interventionist, how one sided. A foreign group wants to interfere in the democratic process of another country! Call out the United Nations! Someone has to stop this madness, this threat to world peace, this act which has the potential to imbalance all of the delicate mechanisms by which international relations are maintained. Maybe we should get France involved.

What am I talking about? You mean you haven't heard? The Norwegians don't want us to re-elect President Bush and have started a website in order to raise money to purchase an advertisement in the Washington Post to tell us silly Americans that Norway was opposed to the war in Iraq and we should not reelect the President. You can read about it here.

The funny thing is how central Norway feels it is to this debate that their ad*, in the WaPo of all papers, is going to influence our election. Most of the US voters don't even read the Post! The best part, though, was this quote:

Geir Lundestad of the Nobel Institute in Norway . . . [says] "Everyone [of the power elite in Norway] is asking me, 'do you think we'll get rid of Bush in November?,' and that's a completely new situation," Lundestad said.

We'll get rid of Bush? Are they kidding?

If we did something like this, the Norwegian press would be all over our neocolonialist-imperialist-unilateralist-bomb dropping-cowboy hat wearing-ass. The Norwegians take themselves so seriously sometimes that it's just funny.

* corrected typo pointed out by eagle-eyed reader.

Posted by Random Penseur at July 20, 2004 09:59 AM

Bloody vikings. Always popping up when you don't expect them.

Posted by: Jim at July 20, 2004 11:18 AM

And sacking Paris, too! Oh, wait. Never mind.

Posted by: Random Penseur at July 20, 2004 09:33 PM

Did you really mean to write the word "add" for the word "ad" in the paragraph beginning with the words "The funny thing...?"
i will read content later. Meanwhile, back to election campaigning...

Posted by: azalea at July 20, 2004 11:53 PM

Obviously you've not yet heard about the new Scandinavian mind control device being rolled out this November. If you get a sudden urge for fondue pre-election day, you'll know what's happened.

Posted by: Simon at July 21, 2004 03:57 AM

Azalea -- thanks for the spot! I did not mean to put add where ad was supposed to go. I will change it and credit you!

Simon -- I think that's the Swiss you may be thinking of.

Posted by: RP at July 21, 2004 12:01 PM

Even more hypocritical bile from those who would rather forget.

The US has interfered in the business of other nations more than any other country, through war and toppling of governments. However, when another country places an ad tellng peeople the position of that country and ASKING people to consider NOT voting for Bush, there is outrage. I suppose people on this group would much more appreciate another country that did some to influence US elections US style, like toppling your gov't?

Here's a little collection of articles that show how extremely hypocritical the US is:








Posted by: Erik at January 18, 2005 04:57 AM

Erik, the comment "hypocritical bile" does not really constitute civil discourse. You may, I suspect, be a troll. You have not, clearly, read the post you just dropped all of these nonsense links on. In any event, I suspect that you may be a poor student of history. The US has done more to influence other governments then, say, the old Soviet Union? Really? Or, say, France under Napoleon? Or England? Or Rome? Do you mean to be taken seriously?

Posted by: RP at January 18, 2005 07:58 AM
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