The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation yesterday revealed that the Norwegian military has been recruiting Icelanders to fight under the Norwegian flag in Afghanistan. In some ways it makes sense. Norwegians and Icelanders are very much the same people, and our cultures and countries are more or less the same. The language is somewhat different, but close enough that it's not hard to learn. In other ways, it is quite... unusual? Lots of Norwegians like to think of us as a "Peace Nation" (whatever that is - IMO), so just the fact that we're participating in Afghanistan and Libya - even for humanitarian reasons - is quite hard for some to swallow. Likewise, Iceland is a very un-military nation with no real army, navy or air force. They do have a coast guard, but otherwise rely on their allies for military protection (After the US left in 2006, Norway has taken over the job of immediate military protection of Iceland). The process has been going on for years, but after the financial crisis and Iceland's economic problems, the Norwegian offer of free higher education and a steady job has become very tempting. Norwegian officers (mostly previously recruited Icelanders) are even visiting Icelandic high schools to inform about the possibility of serving in the Norwegian forces. News of this recruitment has of course been surprising, both in Norway and Iceland. Several Norwegian politicians are skeptical of the practice, as are politicians in Iceland. Especially the Icelandic Department of Education is being questioned for allowing recruiters to visit high schools. A few law professors are also considering that this recruitment might in fact be illegal. --------- So that's a bit of the story. What does CFC feel about it?