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Old 10-12-04, 04:11 PM
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Norwegians Place Anti-Bush Ad in Washington Post

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Norwegians Place Anti-Bush Ad in Washington Post

Tue Oct 12, 5:57 AM ET Politics - Reuters

OSLO (Reuters) - Norwegians including artists and politicians made a rare foray into U.S. politics Tuesday with an advertisement in a U.S. newspaper saying that President Bush (news - web sites)'s war on terror was backfiring.

The Norwegian group "www.tellhim.no" said it used about $50,000 in donations from 4,000 people to fund the advertisement in the Washington Post to tell Bush that 80 percent of people in NATO (news - web sites)-member Norway opposed the U.S.-led war in Iraq (news - web sites).

"Mr. President, your country can once again be a leading example of democracy and freedom, inspiring a world where terrorism can no longer breed," it said. "Your present policy only fosters resistance, more than ever, everywhere."


It urged a shift in U.S. foreign policy to allow greater U.N. involvement in Iraq, an apology to the Iraqi people for the war and compensation for victims.


It said Norway's government had given a wrong impression that Norwegians backed the war by sending 180 troops to Iraq to help stabilize the nation after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein (news - web sites).


The campaign says it has backing from people including musicians, actors, artists, some members of parliament, union members and ordinary citizens.


"Our main goal has been to create a debate in Norway," said campaign spokesman Torgeir Knag Fylkesnes, asked if U.S. citizens might resent foreign interference in U.S. politics.


"We don't think this will have an effect on the election. That's not our goal," he said when asked if the group hoped that voters would oust Bush next month and elect Democratic challenger John Kerry (news - web sites).

Why am I not surprised.
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This guy: Torgeir Knag Fylkesnes

A quick googling shows that the guy is 29 and is on leave from running the Socialist Left Party in Norway. So at least he's unbiased and probably drives a Saab.

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Originally posted by weargle
This guy: Torgeir Knag Fylkesnes
Hmm. Must be Norwegian for "wastes $50,000"
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Re: Norwegians Place Anti-Bush Ad in Washington Post

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It urged a shift in U.S. foreign policy to allow greater U.N. involvement in Iraq, an apology to the Iraqi people for the war and compensation for victims.
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Well, we'd let the UN get involved but after one bombing, they ran away.

But first, you don't know how to run your own country, a couple days in a row of reading Aftenpost will confirm this. Better yet, just relax and pay your taxes.
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When Norway makes US doctrine, give me a call. We'll do lunch.

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The campaign says it has backing from people including musicians, actors, artists ,some members of parliament, union members and ordinary citizens.

Why do I see a trend here?

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ordinary citizens.
Who? F them. Tell me more about what the musicians, actors, and artists think!

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It urged a shift in U.S. foreign policy to allow greater U.N. involvement in Iraq, an apology to the Iraqi people for the war and compensation for victims.
The UN is as involved in Iraq as it seems to want to be at this point. Do these people even understand/pay attention to international events Apologies really just come down to empty words no matter who they come from IMHO. The best way to "apologize" and pay "compensation" is to help the Iraqies get a new stable gov't/country up and running. Which we are in the process of doing. The big question is if Norway is so concerned about the people of Iraq why aren't they there helping out

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No, but they sure know how to Torgeir Knag Fylkesnes
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They should take the more direct approach that the US has taken to influencing foreign leadership changes. Just send in the equivalent of the CIA and overthrow the foreign leader you don't like.
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Are they going to demand a UN resolution so Europeans can vote in our elections?
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Re: Norwegians Place Anti-Bush Ad in Washington Post


It urged a shift in U.S. foreign policy to allow greater U.N. involvement in Iraq, an apology to the Iraqi people for the war and compensation for victims.

I think this is actually from Kerry's website
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my grandparents are from..........Norway!
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I had guessed Amsterdam.
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[pegs Norway with a cracker]
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Originally posted by nemein
The UN is as involved in Iraq as it seems to want to be at this point. Do these people even understand/pay attention to international events
It's far easier to memorize rhetorical phrases and spout/shout them at every opportunity.
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Looks like their #1 status on the HDI index (aka "best country in the world") got to their head.
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Originally posted by Red Dog
They should take the more direct approach that the US has taken to influencing foreign leadership changes. Just send in the equivalent of the CIA and overthrow the foreign leader you don't like.
Wouldn't that be psycho? Some Norwegians overthrow the US government and install a puppet government of their own?



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Norway was in the coalition for Desert Storm.
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my grandparents are from..........Norway!
My great-grandmother was, too!
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Originally posted by CRM114
Norway was in the coalition for Desert Storm.
What a bunch of warmongers. Even Kerry knew better than to get involved in that fiasco
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Doesn't Norway still hunt whales despite a worldwide ban on commercial whaling?

Why does Norway continue to do this despite 95% of the world being opposed to it?
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