Cars are burning in Norway, too few police


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This article talks about a new activity taking place in Norway, Car burning. Very much like in Paris, the car burning activity is new to Norway and not a good sign for the future. The article also discusses immigration problems from strict muslim countries and how the government of Norway is not hiring new police because of an anti-police mentality. An interesting article all the way around.

From the article:

--Yet another grim indication that the day of reckoning is near appeared in the July 11 issue of VG. The night before, it was reported, something had happened that is unprecedented in Oslo: eleven cars had been set on fire in Ellingsrud疇sen. All of them had been destroyed, and three others had sustained fire damage. The same night, another fire in the same area destroyed a car and Moped.Youve read about the large-scale torching of cars in the suburbs of Paris crimes that the authorities seem powerless to stop, crimes that are the very symbol of the chaos into which the City of Light, among many other civilized metropolises, is sinking? Well, this is how it starts.

--One not-so-little detail: the reason for Groruddalens rapid growth is that it is a destination for new Muslim immigrants. Groruddalen is, in short, a Muslim enclave in the making.This is a first for Oslo. Other cities in Europe already have Muslim enclaves neighborhoods that are no-go areas for non-Muslims and that Muslim leaders consider autonomous or semi-autonomous territories, subject to sharia law and to the dictates of local imams. In these areas, young men terrorize police officers or firefighters or ambulance workers who dare to cross into their territory. Sharia dress codes are strictly enforced. And cars are set on fire.

--But the larger part of the reason for this helplessness on the part of the police is that Norway, although a rich nation, has chosen not to spend much of its wealth on law and order. Talk to Norwegian politicians, professors, and journalists and youll soon discover that theres a lingering sixties-ish view of the police as fascist pigs. Norway wastes millions of kroner ever year on development aid that ends up largely in the pockets of corrupt African dictators; it pours millions more into the pockets of non-Western immigrants who have become masters at exploiting the welfare system; for heavens sake, the Norwegian government even funds anarchists. Its not entirely misguided for a Norwegian citizen to feel that his tax money is going less to fight the crime that threatens his home, his self, and his business than to support criminals

Even so, it was a surprise to read on July 11 the same day that the newspapers reported the car fires that out of 430 new graduates of the Norwegian Police University College, only fourteen have been offered jobs on a police force anywhere in the country. Fourteen!
Now, you cant blame this on the economy. Norway is a rich country (which is to say that the government is rich, not the people), and its almost the only place in the Western world whose job market hasnt been decimated by the economic slump of the last few years. No, this situation is the product of state budgetary priorities that are sheer lunacy. A police union spokesman complained that this shamefully low hiring figure represents a total betrayal of promises made by Minister of Justice Knut Storberget. And Roy Vega of notes that Norwegian police strength has declined steadily in recent years to the point where there are now barely over 1.5 officers per 1000 inhabitants. Next door in Sweden, 3500 new positions in the police force have been added in the last five years, bringing the number up to 2.2 (which is approximately the minimum number recommended by the UN).

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