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The Oslo War Process
Norwegian diplomats are the 'advance guard' of the US-European empire. They helped destroy Yugoslavia. They set Israel on the path to destruction. Now they will finish destroying Sri Lanka. Next: India. And Spain.

Historical and Investigative Research, 29 Oct 2005
by Francisco Gil-White


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This piece will argue that Norwegian "peacekeeping" diplomacy is in reality designed to advance the imperial aims of the NATO powers by giving moral cover to terrorist groups that attack countries NATO would like to see undermined or destroyed. In order to make my case, I will trace the activities of former Norwegian Foreign Minister Knut Vollebaek, who played a key role in the attack against the Serbs, assisting US and European imperial objectives. This case is chock-full of lessons for those who would understand what is happening to Israel, Sri Lanka, and Spain.

The Table of Contents follows the Introduction.


Norwegian diplomats helped design and facilitate the famous Oslo 'Peace' Process that brought the PLO closer than ever to its Israeli civilian targets, by making it the government over the West Bank and Gaza Arabs. The only reason this happened is that the United States government strong-armed the Israelis to participate.[1] Without this, the PLO would not have become the government over the West Bank and Gaza Arabs because at the time the PLO was a defeated and essentially irrelevant organization, exiled in Tunis, from which position it was finding it quite difficult to murder Israelis.[2] But the Oslo Process revived this terrorist organization, which then made the Second Intifada, whose violence continues, possible.[3]

Israelis largely do not understand how the US-Norwegian team has been destroying their country for two main reasons. First, Israelis (and Jews more generally) tend to believe the constant refrain from US officials that the US supposedly conducts its foreign policy to benefit Israel. Repetition really does have an effect on the mind, but
the facts completely contradict the view that the US is an ally of Israel.
[4] The second reason for the widespread lack of awareness of Israelis (and Jews more generally) on this point is that the Western media covered up how the US deployed Norwegian diplomats to destroy the Serbs, making it hard for people to learn from it.

Those who would understand what is happening to Israel would do well to study the case of Yugoslavia, for the attack on the Serbs follows a pattern that, in its main outlines, is very much like the US-Norwegian effort against Israel. This piece will explain how the US-Norwegian binary destroyed Serbian resistance by focusing on Knut Vollebaek, Norway's top diplomat at the time, and NATO's forward weapon.

Consider the following sequence of events. The Serbian government was fighting a terrorist movement in Kosovo: the KLA (Kosovo Liberation Army), which threatened the lives of both Serbs and Albanians living there. And yet, as if the Serbian government had been the one victimizing civilians rather than protecting them from terrorists,

1) In late 1998, NATO forced Belgrade, under threat of bombs, to accept into Kosovo an OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) Kosovo Verification Mission (KVM), which was ostensibly a "peace verification" mission to monitor a "cease-fire" between the Yugoslav army and the KLA.

2) In January 1999, Knut Vollebaek, the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, became Chairman in Office of the OSCE. Vollebaek was brought in to make sure the OSCE would behave according to the desires of NATO's foreign policy elite.[4a]

3) In the same month of January 1999, the American OSCE team, together with the KLA, alleged that the Yugoslav army had carried out a massacre against civilians in the town of Racak. This accusation was later revealed to be a hoax, one that had been carried out by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), posing as the OSCE, in conjunction with the terrorist KLA.[5]

4) On March 24, 1999, NATO bombed Yugoslavia, using the massacre that didn’t happen at Racak as the excuse.

The above required close coordination between US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Knut Vollebaek, the Chairman in Office of the OSCE and also Norway's foreign minister. Knut Vollebaek's role was prominent, and he lent a phony veneer of "international respectability" to NATO’s attack. To see how this works, suffice it to observe the manner in which the British daily The Guardian (hardly an exception) referred to the deployment of OSCE observers in Kosovo:

"the international community reaffirmed its promise to deploy 2,000 unarmed observers in the province of Kosovo."[6]

But "the international community" was not doing anything. It was the OSCE, led by a cog in NATO's machine, the Norwegian foreign minister Knut Vollebaek, that was sending observers into Kosovo -- and at the point of a NATO gun, because the Serbs had been threatened with bombs if they didn't accept.

Nobody would notice, though, because the newspapers rushed to bless the "international community's" deployment of "peace monitors" (who's against peace and community?), and Knut Vollebaek's Norwegian identity produced the needed aura of benevolence, because in a sense he led the process, diplomatically. This manufactured veneer of supposed international consensus was crucial in convincing the public that the Serbs had to be bombed, because in fact this bombing was never approved by the UN Security Council, and therefore was illegal.

The US-Norwegian binary produces similar foreign policy elsewhere -- it is quite consistent. In addition to empowering the terrorist KLA in Yugoslavia and the terrorist PLO in Israel, Norwegian diplomats have created the so-called Sri Lankan "Peace" Process, which, as in the other two cases, has brought a great deal of suffering to that country by empowering the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam), or Tamil Tigers, arguably the worst terrorist group in the world. And Norwegian diplomats have been hard at work trying to produce a peace process that will reward ETA, the Basque terrorist movement. More than a trifecta: wherever Norwegian diplomats get involved, the terrorists come out winning big. Since the Sri Lankan process is a Vollebaek creation, this piece will end with a short analysis of that situation and the dangers to India therein. Soon, this website will publish Benjamin Klein's much more in-depth and detailed analysis of the Norwegian intervention in Sri Lanka.

Below you may consult a Table of Contents for this article, or you may proceed directly to Part 1.

Continue to Part 1:

Table of Contents

1. Norwegian international "mediation": how does it work?

Explains the nature of the covert relationship between Norwegian "peace-keeping" diplomacy and the military adventures of the NATO powers.

2. NATO’s gunboat diplomacy on behalf of Knut Vollebaek's OSCE

Explains why NATO forced the Serbs, at the point of a gun, to accept an OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) monitoring mission in Kosovo. The American contingent sent to the OSCE mission was packed with CIA operatives whose job was to stage a false massacre at Racak in order to provide NATO with a phony excuse to start bombing.

3. Knut Vollebaek helps US Intelligence prepare the ground for war

Knut Vollebaek was centrally involved in bullying the Serbs so that NATO's strategy of slanders could succeed. This strategy required that the American OSCE mission (covertly brimming with CIA operatives) be allowed in Kosovo long enough to engineer the Racak hoax. In this way NATO was able to convince the world that the Serbs were supposedly butchers. In many ways, Vollebaek played the leading role.

4. Vollebaek’s Rambouillet diplomacy
by Francisco Gil-White and Jared Israel

Knut Vollebaek likewise played a leading role in the efforts to bully Slobodan Milosevic into accepting the Rambouillet 'Agreement', which, rather than a 'peace' agreement, as it was touted, was a letter of capitulation allowing a total NATO occupation with conditions comparable to those which the German Nazis imposed on Serbia in WWII. No self-respecting statesman could have signed that. The Rambouillet Agreement was a declaration of war.

5. What Vollebaek betrayed

Since Knut Vollebaek did all this as Chairman in Office of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe), he did radical violence to the founding charter of the OSCE, which is called the Helsinki Final Act.

6. Epilogue: Worry about the future: Norwegian "peace" is coming to Sri Lanka...and India...and courtesy of Vollebaek!

Vollebaek has gone on to design a Norwegian "peace" process for Sri Lanka. This will have the same effect as all other Norwegian "peace-keeping" adventures: it will legitimize as a political force the most brutal terrorists in the world -- in this case, the Tamil Tigers (LTTE). This is precisely what Vollebaek did for the KLA terrorists in Kosovo, and what other Norwegian diplomats did for Arafat's PLO in Israel.


Footnotes and Further Reading

[1] In 1991, Bush Sr.’s administration forced Israel to participate in the Oslo process, which brought the PLO into the West Bank and Gaza”; From “Is the US an Ally of Israel?”; Historical and Investigative Research; by Francisco Gil-White.

[2] In 1982-83, the US military rushed into Lebanon to protect the PLO from the Israelis; From “Is the US an Ally of Israel?”; Historical and Investigative Research; by Francisco Gil-White.

[3] In 1994, Yasser Arafat was given a Nobel Peace Prize, and the CIA trained the PLO, even though Arafat's henchmen were saying in public, this very year, that they would use their training to oppress Arabs and kill Jews; From “Is the US an Ally of Israel?”; Historical and Investigative Research; by Francisco Gil-White.

[4] “Is the US an Ally of Israel?”; Historical and Investigative Research; by Francisco Gil-White.

[4a] In February 1998, US special envoy to the Balkans Robert Gelbard had already recognized publicly that the KLA was a terrorist organization:

"[Gelbard] condemned the actions of an ethnic Albanian underground group Kosovo Liberation Army (UCK) which has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks on Serb targets. ‘We condemn very strongly terrorist actions in Kosovo. The UCK is, without any questions, a terrorist group,’ Gelbard said."
SOURCE: Agence France Presse, February 23, 1998 22:24 GMT, SECTION: International news, LENGTH: 631 words. HEADLINE: Washington ready to reward Belgrade for 'good will': envoy

And yet later the same year, on 4 December 1998, the British daily The Guardian told the public the 'bad guys' were the Yugoslavs, when it explained to its readers that “'Albanian terrorists' [is] Belgrade's term for the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA),” as if there were any question about what kind of organization the KLA was. There wasn't.

Following that, the Guardian explained:

“The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, which met in Oslo yesterday, confirmed that it would send the full complement of 2,000 international observers promised to ensure that the Yugoslav president, Slobodan Milosevic, keeps to the deal agreed in October to withdraw most of his security forces from the territory.

But the OSCE was already there:

“The OSCE, which has so far sent about 500 observers, has been accused of acting too slowly.”

What was the consequence? This:

“'As soon as the Serb forces withdrew, the KLA regained all of the positions they used to hold,' said an official Serb source in Pristina. 'And now the Serb population in Kosovo think that the OSCE mission would like to have the KLA returning to their positions in order to make them an equal partner in negotiations,' he said.”

Knut Vollebaek was brought in to make the OSCE maximally effective for NATO's bullying of the Serbs:

“The OSCE's incoming chairman, the Norwegian foreign minister Knut Vollebaek, said yesterday that Kosovo was the organisation's greatest challenge.”

SOURCE: Border clash results in KLA deaths, The Guardian (London), December 4, 1998, The Guardian Foreign Page; Pg. 20, 319 words, Chris Bird in Belgrade.

[5] "The Road to Jenin: The Racak “massacre” hoax, and those whose honesty it places in doubt: Helena Ranta, NATO, the UN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, The Associated Press, and Human Rights Watch"; Historical and Investigative Research; 16 April 2003; by Francisco Gil-White

[6] Border clash results in KLA deaths, The Guardian (London), December 4, 1998, The Guardian Foreign Page; Pg. 20, 319 words, Chris Bird in Belgrade.