Norway is full of political myths. Its socialist paradise is no testimony to an alternative communism. Economically, Norway has more in common with Muslim emirates than with the West. A secluded country of about 5 million citizens pumps as much oil as Kuwait. Add to this their many other natural resources, and Norway’s miracle no longer looks so miraculous. The laws of economics are straightforward, and a socialist economy cannot work. Norway’s is a welfare economy rather than a socialist one, the difference being that a welfare economy is subsidized from external sources, natural wealth in this case.

Norway’s ethnic tolerance cannot be stable. A country which banned Jews just two hundred years ago can hardly have changed its mentality so as to allow itself to be swarmed by Muslims, whose numbers have increased from two to five percent of the population in just thirty years. A country which hunts whales is unlikely to show compassion to Pakistanis. Norway’s population is characteristically hateful toward the “Germans,” children and grandchildren of Norwegian women by German soldiers. The Norwegian national character is anything but nice.

Economic equalization is a function of a homogenous economy. Norwegians accept high taxes and near-equal salaries as long as their economic efficiency remains roughly similar. That attitude will likely change as a growing number of youth enter hi-tech industries and expect windfall salaries, and at any rate does not extent to subsidizing economically inefficient Muslims in equal-salary schemes.

Norwegians would have a hard time understanding Israel’s problem. Norway is sixteen times the size of Israel with two-thirds her population. Only 5 percent of the population (compared to 24 percent in Israel), Muslims cause significant discontent in Norway. Nor are Norwegians especially delighted to recall the Jews, whose entire population they cheerily deported during Holocaust; no excuses or restitution have ever been offered.

In a sense, supporting the Palestinian resistance rectifies the lack of resistance Norwegians put up against the Germans. Their government fled the country, and the king fled so fast as to leave his wife and children behind.

Criticizing the shortcomings of Israeli democracy, Norwegians ignore that in their own country church is not separated from the state. Indeed, it must be bizarre for a monarchic country to deride Israeli democracy.