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Iceland: We are no terrorists!

 
 
Reply Fri 24 Oct, 2008 12:01 am
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On Wednesday October 8th, the British Government invoked anti-terrorist legislation, which was in effect aimed at the people of Iceland. This devastating attack on our society was received with disbelief here in Iceland, where it turned a grave economic situation into a national disaster. The people of Iceland have always considered themselves great friends of the United Kingdom. Our nations have a long history of mutually beneficial trade and have been close allies in NATO and Europe.

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Source: Independent, 24.10.08, page 3

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After Gordon Brown used anti-terror laws to freeze the assets of an Icelandic bank, the Land of the Midnight Sun is fighting back. Given Iceland does not have an army, the uprising is less Viking warrior and more citizen's revolt. Yesterday, more than 35,000 people " a ninth of the population " signed an online petition to let the world know that Icelanders are not terrorists. "Gordon Brown unjustifiably used the Anti-Terrorism Act against the people of Iceland for his own short-term political gain," the petition says. "This has turned a grave situation into a national disaster... hour by hour and day by day the actions of the British Government are indiscriminately obliterating Icelandic interests."

Accompanying the petition is a series of portraits of Icelanders holding up their own protestations of innocence. There is the family posing in front of their skiing photos in matching brown and cream knitted jumpers, reassuring "Darling Brown. We are not terrorists but terribly nice and friendly". And there's the blonde toddler. "What did you call me?" she asks, midway through devouring a bowl of ice cream.

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saab
 
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Reply Fri 24 Oct, 2008 01:15 am


The Swedish government has sent a representative to Iceland to collect information about the situation. IMF will be expected to help with 45 billion crowns. Also Norway and Great Britan will help with big sums.
The British government is said to be willing to lend 38 billion crowns so that 300 000 customers in Icesave owned by Landsbanke can get back the money up to 50 000 pounds. The British government is also sending a representative to Iceland to see how they can help.
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roger
 
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Reply Fri 24 Oct, 2008 01:50 am
@Walter Hinteler,
Just unbelieveable
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McTag
 
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Reply Fri 24 Oct, 2008 02:05 am
@Walter Hinteler,

The British have longer memories than a codfish.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Fri 24 Oct, 2008 02:09 am
New figures confirm German banks were the most heavily exposed to Icelandic borrowers before the recent collapse of that nation's banking system: German banks overexposed in Iceland
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cjhsa
 
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Reply Fri 24 Oct, 2008 06:44 am
@Walter Hinteler,
Why does Iceland even exist as a nation?
dadpad
 
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Reply Fri 24 Oct, 2008 06:47 am
@Walter Hinteler,
Tourists.... icelandic tourists....... not terrorist
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saab
 
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Reply Fri 24 Oct, 2008 07:58 am
@cjhsa,

why shouldn´t it exist as a nation. Small nations have just the same right as the big one to exist.

The settlement of Iceland began in 874 when, according to Landnámabók, the Norwegian chieftain Ingólfur Arnarson became the first permanent Norwegian settler on the island. Others had visited the island earlier and stayed over winter. Over the next centuries, people of Nordic and Scottish origin settled in Iceland. Until the twentieth century, the Icelandic population relied on fisheries and agriculture, and was from 1262 to 1918 a part of the Norwegian and later the Danish monarchies. In the twentieth century, Iceland's economy and welfare system developed quickly. Iceland became one of the richest and most debveloped countries in the world.
cjhsa
 
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Reply Fri 24 Oct, 2008 08:03 am
@saab,
Sorry, you don't get rich via welfare schemes, and now, Iceland is paying the price.
saab
 
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Reply Fri 24 Oct, 2008 08:24 am
@cjhsa,
The reason is not the welfare schemes - it started with the cod fish but that is a long story. The short one is: Iceland has under a few years gotten reach by being the country which speculates the most. Most speculations crash sooner or later. Now Iceland´s banks have been taken over by the state and it has a crisis which noone knows how to solve.
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