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Stable support for troops in Afghanistan. “We’ve been lucky”, claims expert. Norwegian opinion seems unaffected by the war in Afghanistan. According to a national poll conducted on behalf of Bergens Tidende (BT), just under half of all Norwegians favour a continuing troop presence in Afghanistan. This is despite a recent string of bad news coming out of the country, including allied troop casualties and electoral corruption.

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Stable support for troops in Afghanistan

Published on Monday, 30th November, 2009 at 20:35 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

“We’ve been lucky”, claims expert.

Norwegian special soldiers, Afghanistan
Norwegian special soldiers, Afghanistan
Photo: norsof tg/Norwegian military


Consensus

Norwegian opinion seems unaffected by the war in Afghanistan. According to a national poll conducted on behalf of Bergens Tidende (BT), just under half of all Norwegians favour a continuing troop presence in Afghanistan.

This is despite a recent string of bad news coming out of the country, including allied troop casualties and electoral corruption.

Helge Lurås, advisory expert on Afghanistan at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), believes political consensus regarding Norwegian foreign policy has broad support, even from the media.

And whilst the Liberal (H), Christian Democratic (KrF), and Labour (Ap) Parties are the most ardent supporters, Lurås tells the paper that

“The only opposition comes from the Extreme Left, whilst the Social Democratic Party (SV) is lukewarm.”

Fortunate

But although there have been just four Norwegian soldiers killed since the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, Lurås believes that public opinion will change should the number of rise.

He thinks that questions will start to be asked as to why Norwegian military engagement is necessary and what is worth sacrificing lives for.

“We’ve been extremely lucky so far,” says Lurås.



Published on Monday, 30th November, 2009 at 20:35 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: norwegian, troops, engagement, military, operations, afghanistan, support, norway.





  
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