The Norwegian government has endeavored over the past two decades to engage in dialogue with those who are deemed to be terrorists and opposed to peace. The Oslo Accords of 1993 were as close as Israelis and Palestinians ever came to agreeing on a viable peace plan. Norway’s foreign minister, Jonas Gahr Store disapproves of the way the Bush Administration has conducted the war on terror. “This paradigm of the war on terror connecting all kinds of armed resistance around the globe in one huge ideological framework, as a new ideology at a stage in human history when most of the major ideologies are gone, does not reflect the facts on the ground.” He wants the next administration to declare the war on terrorism has come to an end and it is time to engage in meaningful dialogue.
Store emphasizes “engaging is not weakness, and by not talking the West has tended to give the upper hand to extremists on the other side.” The critical need at this point in human history is getting those advocating terror to become engaged in political processes that makes them confront the daily needs of people for jobs, food, and medical care. As Store points out if one persuades Hamas to deal with political issues Hamas will “end up accepting Israel’s right to exist.”
There is some evidence to support the view of the Norwegian foreign minister. Since Hamas now runs Gaza it is in their interest to end rocket attacks in order to get supplies into the territory. During the past few weeks Hamas has been attempting to persuade radical militant groups to cease their rocket attacks.
European leaders like Store recognize the EU must assume a more pro-active role in securing world peace because America is trapped in an ideological quagmire of violence.