With all the problems the world faces you would think such a a country as rich as Norway would do its part in helping out. Think again.
Here is an article written by, Jo Skårderud translated to English, that tells you why.
The spoiled brat of the world!
In one week the government banned begging, refused entry to injured Syrian refugees, and opened negotiations for the return of refugees to one of the world’s most repressive regimes. Norway is about to become the world’s answer to a spoiled brat.
Last week I started hating the new government. Not that I liked them before. I disliked the criticism towards farmers, lust for centralization, and attacks on the work environment law, but all this was as expected by the so called Blueblue (nickname for the right wing government). You can expect this kind of right policy from a Conservative government. What I had not expected was the inhumane package of crap — the unnecessary kicks against the weakest by the Government last week.
“No, thanks” to dirty Gypsies
The Government has made begging illegal. I don’t like begging myself. It is unpleasant to see people sitting on the street, it’s uncomfortable when you make eye contact and they shake the cup towards you and you look away, or mumble something like you do not have cash. Sometimes they cry “plis plis” and you must hurry on. It’s no fun when someone else’s poverty is rubbed in your face like that.
Additionally, when many of the beggars are clearly foreign, as opposed to our native-born junkies, it’s easier to feel strongly about having them shipped back to Romania or whatever hellhole they came from and just leave us decent people alone.
Tough shit! Nobody likes begging. It’s not like Spain, Italy, Germany or Denmark are ecstatic about receiving beggars from elsewhere. It’s uncomfortable, but begging is a result of poverty in Europe, where millions of people do not have a fraction of the opportunities that we in Norway take for granted.
Nobody likes to be confronted with it, but a few countries have taken the step to “solve” the problem by forbidding people to ask for money. That wealthy Norway has chosen to do so is special. It has attracted international attention, and not the good kind.
The political right like to champion individual liberty, but the fundamental freedom to ask for money if you need it, is not that important to them. It’s a freedom that only gypsies and junkies use. And they don’t even vote.
Let there be no doubt about it, the begging ban is a law solely in place to try to chase the poor Roma out of the country. The idea that beggars are victims of human trafficking and organized crime is primarily a conspiracy theory from the far right to make us feel better when we treat Europe’s poorest as garbage. In the richest country, we have no room for dirty gypsies.
When Norway failed Syrians.
The civil war between the dictator Bashar Al Assad and a patchwork of more and more radicalized insurgents have sent millions of Syrians fleeing. Millions have been displaced and more than 2.5 million have fled to neighboring countries. Of these refugees, Norway takes around 1,000. The Immigration Office has now been instructed not to let more sick, vulnerable, disabled, children, or bomb victims come to Norway, despite the fervent prayers of UNHCR. The reason is that these groups will need prolonged medical care. According to Minister Anders Anundsen of FRP Norway has no capacity to provide this help and thus cannot accept them.
As of today there are over 900,000 Syrian refugees living in giant refugee camps in Lebanon; Jordan, and Turkey have almost 600,000 each; and Iraq which is about to get its very own civil war, has received a quarter million.
Does the government and its supporters believe these countries have more capacity and are better equipped to take care of these vulnerable refugees?
Of course not, they just think that the refugee crisis in Syria is not Norway’s problem. Moreover, it is clear in the governmental guidelines that Norway should “prioritize quota refugees with the greatest chance of successful integration” and everyone knows that sick, vulnerable, disabled, children, and bomb victims are difficult and expensive to integrate. Too expensive for the world’s richest country.
Overall, these measures reveal a government that appears completely devoid of basic humanity.
The world’s richest country is behaving like a rich spoiled brat who sits on a pile of expensive toys and refuses to share. What is it that makes Norway, which has perhaps the most privileged population ever, anywhere, behave so poorly towards the weakest groups in the global community?
The only rational explanation I can think of is that many Norwegians have become so rich that we form part of a global ruling class who are no longer able to put ourselves in the shoes of the groups the government is stepping on. This is consistent with the notion that the teams at the top have less empathy with groups on the bottom, presented in Wilkinson and Pickett’s important book The Spirit Level.
The life of a beggar, war refugee, or asylum seeker fleeing dictatorship is so distant from our lives. We have so few references in common that it is impossible to imagine how they live. When we fail to empathize with their situation, it is difficult to feel empathy with them.
Then it is easy to write off the beggars as organized criminals, it becomes okay to refuse entry to the Syrian kids who eat up tax money, and it’s no big deal what happens to Eritreans as soon as we fly them out of Gardermoen.
Norway likes to see itself as a humanitarian superpower, but that image is false and it’s starting to show. Apart from the begging ban, which was supported by a large majority of Norwegians, the cases of Syrian children refugees and Eritrean refugees received less press coverage than the Crown Prince and Princess’ school elections.
Rock star economist Thomas Piketty has recommended that Norway give all of the oil fund away. He says then we would not be sitting on top of a cash mountain, living off the interest of others’ work, and be rich assholes.
We are not giving away the oil fund, but the man has a point. Financially we are so far above the rest of the world that we have become like the French Queen who recommends a diet of cake to the poor who require bread. Because of the enormous oil fund returns we are getting richer and richer every year, far beyond what one would expect of a general growth in the wider economy.
Last week’s action by the BlueBlue shows a government that sees the suffering of the world’s most vulnerable as a cosmetic problem and a nuisance that does not fit in their quota system.
However, we cannot put all the blame on the government. After all, we are the ones who let them win the election. The lack of opposition towards these measures shows that Norway is about to become the world’s answer to a spoiled brat. We should do something.
By: Jo Skårderud on Radikalportalen.no
Translated freely by 2Famous.TV in collaboration with google.
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