edge of the world
It’s hard belonging to a small nation, independent in name but so completely dependent on others. From this morning’s radio news:
- Though Norway said no to the invasion of Iraq, we also just happened to supply the US with weapons for the invasion.
- Though Norway said no to joining the EU in a referendum, we sort of signed up for the EEC along with Iceland and Lichtenstein, which means we get to do what the EU says without having much of a vote. Now we’re redesigning our car licence plates, and it turns out membership in the EEC means we have to add the EU flag to our licence plates. But we’re not members! We said no!
- The American dollar is lower than it’s been in 20 years, at just 6,40 NOK. It was 9 a few years back. Sounds good? Well, apart from my x-mas shopping, no, because Norway’s pension funds are all in American dollars. And Norwegian oil and shipping companies do business in American dollars, so actually, we’re leaking money due to the dollar. Why the dollar’s down? Well, mostly the ever-increasing deficit in the US economy, which is mostly due to the war on Iraq, which Norway said no to but still kind of slipped weapons to.
How the heck did the world get messed up to the extent that we’re this dependent on elections in places where we don’t even have a vote? This is where anti-Americanism comes from. News like this, powerlessness like this, every morning.