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Last week Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg stated publicly that Norway’s answer to the heinous terror attacks will be “more democracy, more openness and more humanity, but never again more naivety.”
If this statement is more than propaganda, the Norwegian government and its country’s cultural elites have a long and difficult road ahead. They will need to radically change their groupthink. It will mean the abandonment of “political correctness” and the discarding of Norway’s hyped up self-image.
Whether those currently in power will be able to accomplish these goals is highly doubtful.
Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld is chairman of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.
About the Author: Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld is a board member and former chairman of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (2000-2012). He is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award (2012) of the Journal for the Study of Anti-Semitism.
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