The deteriorating situation in Lebanon has received a lot of news coverage in Norway in the past few weeks. Only days after hostilities in the region broke out, our prime minister Jens Stoltenberg, pledged to send 200 million Nkr (35 million US$) to the Lebanese and Palestinian governments, in an effort to relieve the suffering of the local population. The Norwegian government also strongly condemned the actions of the Israeli military, which they feel are disproportionate and in breach of international law.
I feel like an unfortunate pedestrian must have felt during the Great Boston Molasses Disaster: engulfed, knocked down, and asphyxiated by a treacly flood of politically correct verbiage.
It’s not just the aid-and-comfort-to-the-enemy aspect of all this, the fact that the donated money will eventually end up replenishing Hizbullah’s and Hamas’ lethal weaponry.
It’s the sheer obstinate stupidity of the political leaders of the West, who will sell the future of their countries and their civilization for a very transient mess of electoral pottage.
Enough! Can’t we somehow retire the word “disproportionate” from the language?