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I feel I must respond to a recent letter to the editor titled "Norway Isn’t the Best Role Model."

First of all, Norway did not, as the writer falsely claimed, “surrender to the Germans during World War II without firing a shot.” Yes, Norway, a small rural country, was overrun and occupied by the Germans, but the Norwegian resistance to its occupiers is well-documented and acclaimed. Many Norwegians died fighting the Germans in Norway. Here’s one example (of many), taken from Wikipedia: “The Norwegian heavy water sabotage was a series of operations undertaken by Norwegian saboteurs during World War II to prevent the German nuclear weapon project from acquiring heavy water (deuterium oxide), which could have been used by the Germans to produce nuclear weapons.” It would not be a stretch to claim that the Norwegian resistance kept Germany from developing the atomic bomb during World War II.

The writer also claimed that “Norway’s extreme cow-towing to Germany is a lot like chattel slavery,” I would like to see some examples of this kowtowing, given that Norway is not even a member of the European Union.

As for our fearless leader’s bemoaning the fact that more Norwegians (or other Scandinavians who look like them) are not lining up to come to the U.S., let me venture a guess why they are not. Even though Norway has abundant oil, it is on the leading edge of developing technologies that do not rely on fossil fuels. In fact, it has a goal of doing away with them.

Jeri Smith

Racine

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