Reader Zerosumgame writes in the comments of yesterday’s translation of the Bertel Haarder editorial:
Baron & Dymphna:
I understand the symbolic, psychological and significance of the Danish cartoons.
Having said that, I’m not sure that posting so much on this one issue is really providing an accurate reflection on the state of European resistance to jihad, Islamicization, anti-Semitism and the defense of “old European” culture (of which, actually, anti-Semitism is an integral part).
As I have stated before, I think it is foolhardy to invest too much hope in the Danes “holding out” against the Islamofascist tide, and getting the rest of Europe (or at least its Western, Northern and Southern parts).
Denmark has perhaps 5 million people. The EU in its entirety probably has 400 million. Among the large population EU countries, only Poland is likely sympathetic to the Danish struggle against the Islamofascist tide. The rest see the Danes as the bigots.
I don’t see much hope for Denmark holding out against all her neighbors as they fall to Islam, unless she becomes an armed nuclear fortress like Israel, and I think even the Danes here know that THAT is not going to happen.
Zonka answered the above comments with this:
What you have said would make sense if it was truly Denmark’s 5 million people vs. the 400 million of Europe, but it’s not! Large segments of the European population are more aligned with the Danish sentiments than with their governments! And the cries of Denmark being bigoted, islamophobic and generally xenophobic are becoming fewer than it was just a year ago!
So Denmark is not a big powerhouse or fortress, but it is a symbol to the rest of the Europeans that there is another alternative than the one followed by their governments and it is working, albeit slowly — So don’t discount the value of symbols! Use it instead, to make it much more powerful than the demographics suggest!
I have to admit that I’m with Zonka. It may well be that we’re focusing too much here on Denmark. But, from a viewpoint across the Atlantic, Denmark is an inspiring example.
The leaders of most of the other European nations, regardless of what their citizens may feel, fall all over themselves to appease the Muslims. Their public utterances are so full of multicultural pieties that you and I can recite them in advance. They are unwilling to name the enemy and confront the grave problem facing them.
But Denmark… Danish leaders and public figures openly say what the rest of Europe dares not. In some of the stricter PC regimes, such as Belgium, they would likely be under legal sanction for what they say.
It may be that Denmark will not withstand the Islamic onslaught. The Danes may well cave to anti-Semitism, or be cowed into submission. They may only hold out a year or a decade longer than Sweden before they are overrun.
But they hold up a mirror to us here in America, and remind us of the future that is careening towards us, and demonstrate a way to face it with dignity.
It may be that the Danes as a nation are the equivalent of Fabrizio Quattrochi. Are they in fact doomed hostages, held captive by violent and barbaric thugs? If so, they are ripping the hoods off their heads and showing the world how a Dane dies.
They deserve our support. And, in any case, their situation is instructive.
So I’ll continue to follow affairs in Denmark until the star-and-crescent flies over Christiansborg, and the mermaid statue is blown to rubble as infidel idolatry.
With the that in mind, here is a translation from the Danish sent by reader jdm, prefaced by his notes in italics:
The following was published as a letter to the editor of Jyllands-Posten on June 17th. It is apparently not written in reaction to Haarder’s column of June 15th. This letter is, however, certainly a part of the Danish national discussion.
If the sentences seem overly long, they are. Danish is prone to run-on sentences and many Danes, like this writer, take full advantage.
NB, Uffe Elleman-Jensen is mentioned. I don’t know if it’s important or if anyone even cares, but UEJ was the foreign minister in the first “right-wing” or, as they say in Danish, bourgeois government of the 80s after many years of a Social Democrat monopoly of power. A strong supporter of NATO and the EU while a foreign minister, he seems confused by the present enemy, Islamism. He has made a number of rash statements recently that indicate that he either doesn’t understand the nature of the enemy or refuses to accept it.
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If Haarder is Laying Down His Weapon…
It seems like there is no more hope: now Bertel Haarder has laid down his weapon and surrendered to the dark powers which will destroy freedom of speech through threats and violence against those who will not recognize the demands of some religious fanatics to decide what may be said or drawn in the Danish media.
That someone like Uffe Elleman-Jensen does the bidding of these Islamists cannot surprise anyone.
He has probably been promised a position as arch-imam from the Saudis after Islam takes control of Denmark.
But that Bertel Haarder has given up under the pressure from those immigrant groups who have declared as their goal the destruction of democracy in Denmark — the man, who more than any other, has been a guarantor for many Danes that things will never get so far [out of hand] — this is too much to bear.
Bertel Haarder, do you remember Nicolas Blaedel, the journalist of whom the Germans in the 30s, that is long before the German occupation, demanded and won his removal from the editorial board of Berlingske Tidende because he wrote the unpleasant truth of the Nazis’ devastation of Germany? It’s true, is it not, that there are certain similarities with the situation we’re in today?
You are not just anybody, Bertel Haarder. You are a member of the present government and therefore an important voice in the public debate.
Your recent admissions will, with an unfortunate guarantee, be welcomed with satisfaction in Riyadh and interpreted as an expression of Danish capitulation to the Islamic operations here in this country.
These words are hate speech. They are doubleplus ungood. The Thought Police will surely find this letter-writer and escort him to Mandatory Diversity Training.