Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The strategic significance of Utoya Island

THE CONFLICT between light and shade, between hope and hatred flows starkly to us all from the tiny Norwegian island of Utoeya, where the Arbeidernes Ungdomsfylking (AUF), or youth league of the Norwegian Labour Party, has held its annual summer camp for decades.... The AUF camp is better known by the name of the its nearest mainland village, Sundvollen.
In the 1970s you might have caught a glimpse of senior figures from various Soviet organisations quietly chatting with western counterparts about detente and nuclear disarmament.

By the early 1990s they had been replaced by background figures from the Middle East. Rivals and enemies who had boxed themselves into impossibly exclusive positions held deniable dialogues amid the pine trees. Some of the foundations for what later became the Oslo peace accords between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation were laid on the shores of the Steinsfjorden at Sundvollen.

Thus explaining why it would be a prime target of the British empire.