This past week, a lot of people have been annoyed at Thorleifur and his posts. The sentiments seem to range from “troll” to “jerk.” Thor on the other hand has been trying to look innocent and saying. “Hey, I’m only asking a question.”
I’m surprised that such an intelligent crowd has made the connection Iceland – US. There is a big Air Force base, Keflavik, just outside of Reykjavik where most of the population of that godforsaken country lives. For decades there has been a lot of friction between the US personnel and the local population. The Icelanders in general mistrust and / or resent American in general and the resident Merkins in particular. Iceland has been a very closed country, to some extent Scandinavian, due to a common heritage, but at the same time isolated from most of the rest of the world, up until modern time. A country of fishermen guarding it’s old traditions (the Sagas – fairytales) and dwelling on there glorious past as “Vikings.”
Of course there is a cultural clash between this homogenous, tightly knitted community and the influx of Americana being delivered through the media, and made very real by the presence of the Air Force base. As in many other countries, the local population hates the Americans, but is at the same time envious of the wealth and lifestyle.
Not knowing Thor personally, I’ll not pass judgement on him and say that these are his reasons, however, they do match his writings pretty well, I think.
Also, as a side-note to Thor himself: If you use Microsoft products, and in particular Word 97, it includes a spellchecker not only for English, but even for American English, and a grammar check as well. Comes in handy.