Norway’s plea for mediation

According to Roger Cohen, writing from Norway for the International Herald Tribune, Jonas Gahr Store, the Norwegian foreign minister, wishes to deliver a message to the United States on behalf of Norway.

According to Store, Norway’s message to the United States is forthright: The next administration, whether headed by Barack Obama or John McCain, should pronounce the war on terror over. Because it has tended to isolate the United States, polarize the world, inflate the enemy, conflate diverse movements and limit scope for dialogue, its time has passed.

Here are a couple of short paragraphs:

Perhaps Store’s world view – that of a very critical NATO ally – is a good introduction to this post-unipolar moment, when the United States has bumped down to earth from its with-us-or-against-us apotheosis.

Store disapproves of the way the Bush administration has conducted the war on terror. “This paradigm of the war on terror, connecting all kinds of armed resistance around the globe in one huge ideological framework, as a new ideology at a stage in history when most of the major ideologies are gone, does not reflect the facts on the ground,” he told me.

Norway’s message to the United States is forthright: The next administration, whether headed by Barack Obama or John McCain, should pronounce the war on terror over. Because it has tended to isolate the United States, polarize the world, inflate the enemy, conflate diverse movements and limit scope for dialogue, its time has passed.

But because Norway has kept its channels open to the likes of Hamas and Syria it also has some healthy advice for Hamas and good insight into even the Taliban.

This is a good read. The world could use a dose of rationality right about now. Click the headline for the full story.

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