In June I wrote for a small note about the devaluation of the Norwegian Krone (NK) and the rising costs of the JSF, that clumsy flying war machine that the Europeans get pushed through their throat by the Americans with collaboration of our European politicians who expect to be rewarded for this in due time. [1] The point of that note was that due to the devaluation of the NK the costs of the JSF will rise to a level that prevents the Norwegians from carrying out their own defence tasks. However, the Americans and the Brits are ready to take over these tasks on behalf of NATO, thus repeating a scenario prior to World War II and effectively ending Norway’s sovereignty.

How sovereign is Norway actually?

Well judging from the fervour with which the Norwegians are waving their flag they are the most sovereign country in the world. They also think, or are made to believe, that they are the richest and most happy people on earth, but I don’t want to comment on that perception in this piece. Let’s just say that the Norwegians wave their flag a lot. Notably on the 17th of May which is their Constitution founding day (1814). Besides they tirelessly wave their flag during the summer season when, due to lack of money and inspiration, the Norwegian state broadcaster (NRK) tours the fjords and the coastal regions with a camera up front. The boat is followed by flag waving speed boats, while on the shores the rest of the Norwegians wave their flags by hand. These programmes can easily last up to 5 or 6 hours. Yesterday they were in Trondheimfjord near Levanger, today they sail by Hytra, tomorrow by Namsos, next to Mo I Rana, Bodø, Troms, all the way waving the flag. At the time I write this back in the Netherlands, I am sure they are still waving their flag way up to the North Cape. This will probably only stop when it gets too dark to see the flag waving.

I think we must show some understanding for this pathetic waving of the flag as an expression of their presumed sovereignty. Between 1379 to 1814 the Norwegians were under Danish rule, first through the Kalmar Union, later directly under the various Kings of Kopenhagen (Christian I-V, or more). At that time the Norwegians lost their capital in Trondheim and got a new one in the Oslo fjord, named Christiana. Thanks to the turmoil in the continent caused by Napoleon the Norwegians managed to withdraw themselves from Danish rule on May 17 1814, but only by engaging themselves in a Union with Sweden. Although they were not really independent they at least got their own flag and a king of their own, one Karl Johan, and their own parliament. But they lost a good part of their territory in (now) Swedish Jämtland. In 1906 the Swedish-Norwegian Union came to an end and the Norwegians had their first taste of sovereignty, even when they were still speaking and writing Danish ‘riksmaal’. However, they rushed to create their own language and since then they have their bokmål.

Sadly, before the Norwegians understood what happened to them, in April 1940 their country was occupied by the Germans. When World War II came in sight, the Norwegians had declared themselves neutral. There was actually quite a bit of sympathy in Norway for the German ‘cause’, if not outright endorsement. After all Sweden managed to stay out of the fray as well. Unfortunately Norway’s position on the Atlantic shores was a bit more strategic, so the British war ministry was planning to invade Norway in spite of its neutrality. In January 1940 the Stratforce was established in London in preparation of a ‘pre-emptive’ occupation of Norway under command of Brigad-generaal Fraser.[2] De Norwegian author Egil Ulateig has written about this episode in his book ‘The good ones against the bad ones’ which is quite critical of the role played by the British Special Operations Executive (SOE) and the socalled resistance in Norway.[3]

In anticipation of this British invasion the Germans decided for their own ‘pre-emptive’ occupation of Norway, also counting on ‘Germanic ‘sympathy among the Norwegian population. Not without reason, noting that Norway’s Nobel Prize winning author Knut Hamsun paid a personal visit to Hitler prior to these events. So the Germans stepped in and later in April 1940 Brigade General Fraser departed for Norway with an expedition unit (Scott Guards) to push them out. However, this force was defeated in the Troms region by the German troups and had to withdraw from Norway in June 1940.[4] Since then Britain’s Special Operations Executive (SOE), with the help of Norwegian resistance fighters conducted a bloody and murky covert war against the Germans and suspected collaborators.[1]

Towards the end of the occupation SOE and its Norwegian partners switched attention to curb the potentially rising influence of the communist fractions in the resistance in the upcoming post-war situation. [2] Between 1945 and 1949 the re-established – British and American controlled – Norwegian government concentrated on setting up a surveillance programme on suspected communists with the help of the same Nazi- collaborators the resistance had been fighting during the Nazi occupation. These Nazi’s were useful because they had their lists of communists already at hand.[3] In april 1949 Norway became member van de NATO and as such the North Atlantic spearhead in the Cold War against the Sowjet Union. Just like Greece became the mediterranean spearhead in the same Cold War as was recently described in by Walter.[5] The Norwegian accession to NATO formalised also the establishment of the Gladio Stay Behind cells in the country with the dual aim of sabotaging any electoral or unelected rise to power of Norwegian communists and sabotaging any Sovjet invasion force. The Gladio cells in Norway were dubbed as ROC and were lead by the CIA and the Allied Clandestine Cooperation Group in Brussels; No sovereignty, even the radio-sets were supplied by London and Washington.[6]

So let’s get back to the issue of Norwegian sovereignty. True to their flag (waving) the Norwegians have always said ‘Nei’ to a membership of the EU. This may satisfy popular sentiment, but the Norwegians have never been critical of NATO membership and do not realise that this is the same as an EU membership. So they are stuck with a key military role in the North Atlantic sector of NATO while they have to follow all EU directives anyway. Meanwhile, not being an EU member state they pay three times as much for their poor ffod supplies and four times as much for a glass of wine. But that is not the issue The question is how sovereign they will be in the forthcoming ‘hot’ war that NATO is preparing on their side of the map? With their former PM Jens Stoltenberg playing for defender of sovereignty as the SecGen of NATO in Brussels, while exposing Norway and the Baltic to the risks of war?

So, again, how sovereign are all these NATO ‘protected’ Nordic and Baltic countries?

Well, not that sovereign. In august 2014 the USSN Dwayne T. Williams berthed in the harbour of Namdalseid, loaded with war materials enough for 600 trailer transports to fill the ‘preparatoty’ weapen depots of the US in the two Trøndelag provinces with new material. The US weapons are stock piled in Bjugn and Frigaarden in Stjørdal kommune and in Tromsdalen in Verdal kommune.[7] Proudly the local journal Ínnherred for Levanger and Verdal Kommune of the 23rd of June tells us that the councillors of Verdal were allowed to have a glimpse of the stock pile of 100 K square meters hewn out deep inside the rocks in Tromsdalen. I have no e-copy of the local paper, but this is confirmed by Iran Press TV (!) [8] Even more proudly the Innherred journal informs us that this stock-pile of armour is bigger than the entire stock pile of the Norwegian army (NB Norway is no 33 on the world list of conventional army stock piles, not bad for a country of 6 miljoen inwoners).[9] Add to this the stock piles in the Finnmark near the Russian border and the 15 other provinces of Norway and, as mentioned in Part I, the NATO Airbase in Bodø, the marine base in Vardø and the ICBM nuke launch basis in Andenes.

Now one may wonder why NATO, through the medium of a local Norwegian paper, gives us an insight in their weapon stockpiles hidden in the caves of Norwegian mountains. To explain this we must go back to the hype of last year about the Russian sub in Swedish waters which was not a sub but a floating bath tub. Or we should refer to recent hysterical publications in the Norwegian and Swedish media (probably also the Finnish, but I cannot read that language) claiming that recent Russian exercises in the Baltic are meant to prepare for an occupation of the Finnmark in Norway, the Åland archipelago in Finland and Gotland in Sweden. Journals like Dagbladet in Norway and Expressen in Sweden spread such fears based on reports from US based ‘stink tanks’, as for example the CEPA, who are warning the Scandinavians for the ‘Coming Storm’.[10] The purpose is also to turn around public opinion in these countries and make the people agree with NATO membership, even when ‘de facto’ NATO is already present in Sweden and Finland.

So much for sovereignty in Norway, the rest of Scandinavia and the Baltic region. And these countries are not even sucked up by debt slavery, like Greece is.

The message is simple: Dear Norwegians, keep on eating your sausages and pizza’s, keep on waving your flag, keep on paying for the JSF, because NATO will protect you. Too bad you lost your sovereignty. And when the ‘shit hits the fan’ and you may be living within a distance of 20 km of NATO’s stock piles which will become a target in any ‘ hot’ war with Russia, sorry for your bad luck.

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[3] Re. Egil Ulateig ‘De gode mot de onde. Verdenskrig, partisanskrig, likwidasjoner og folkerett’ , Vega Forlag, Oslo 2011.

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[1] There was no shortage of collaborators in Norway, around 20 000 Norwegian men and women enlisted in Nordic battalions for the German Eastern Front.

[2] Njølstad, O. Jens Chr. Hauge – fullt og helt’, Aschehoug, Oslo 2008.p. 378-399.

[3] Njølstad, O. Jens Chr. Hauge – fullt og helt’, Aschehoug, Oslo 2008, p. 380, 387