Last night I posted a report on Naser Khader, Denmark’s prominent Muslim politician.
Mr. Khader answered some questions for reporters in today’s Jyllands-Posten, and our Danish correspondent TB has translated a selection of them.
First, a brief summary of the Danish political milieu during this election campaign:
The dominant party in the ruling coalition is Venstre, led by Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Venstre means “left”, but the party is in no way leftist. It has pushed legislation to curb Third World immigration into Denmark, and reduced the incentives for illegals to stop in Denmark. As a result, the “migrants” flowing across the border from Germany into Jutland and on into Sealand tend to continue across the Øresund bridge to South Sweden and add themselves to the already swollen immigrant ghettos in Malmö.
One of more successful measures implemented by the government has been “24-year rule”, a law that prohibits residents from going abroad to marry anyone under the age of 24. The effect has been to stop the common Muslim practice of returning home to take a teenage bride in an “arranged” (read: coerced) marriage.
The Social Democrats are a traditional politically correct European socialist party. It was on their watch that the immigration floodgates into Denmark were opened during the 1990s.
The “Dansk Folkeparti”, the “Danish People’s Party”, is the up-and-coming populist party which takes an unashamed patriotic stance on traditional Danish values, and is the most uncompromising on immigration issues. Like other patriotic European parties it has been tarred with the “neo-Nazi” brush, but there is no basis for this slur. DPP is without any anti-Semites or Nazi sympathizers.
Naser Khader is a former member of “Det Radikale Venstre” (“The Radical Left”, which is left, but not really radical, just dhimmi). He objected to his party’s appeasement of the radical imams, and jumped ship to form the “Ny Alliance”, the “New Alliance”. The New Alliance has upper-crust appeal, drawing from the runny-brie-and-dry-Chablis crowd, the halal hippies, recycling freaks, and advocates of trendy social causes, the people of quality who would never support anything as vulgar as the Danish People’s Party.
The big questions in this election are:
- How many seats in Parliament will the Danish People’s Party gain?
- How many seats will the New Alliance gain?
- Assuming his party does well, which party will Naser Khader turn his affectionate gaze towards when it comes time to build the governing coalition?
Naser Khader has the chance of being the kingmaker in the next Danish government, so all eyes are upon him.
This election is a big deal in Denmark. My Danish contacts barely have time to answer my emails, because they are so caught up in it.
Dorte Mørck, Pt Cascais, Portugal, asks:
Please name the three most important differences between Ny Alliance and Radikale Venstre.
Naser Khader answers:
We support the 24-year rule, because it helps especially the young girls avoid being forced into a marriage. And we think it has had a positive effect.
Basically we are a right-wing party opposite De Radikale. That means among other things that our point of origin is the individual, that we will create the best environment for businesses, research, and innovation.
We don’t see Anders Fogh Rasmussen as a dangerous man [as De Radikale does — TB] that you can’t cooperate with. We think that the VK [current Venstre coalition] government has done a lot of good for the country, but we would like to pull it more to the middle of the Danish parliament [as opposed to the right and the DPP].
Michael Hansen, Berlin, asks:
Is a vote for Ny Alliance a vote for a more un-nuanced anti-Israeli foreign policy?
Naser Khader answers:
No. We are not anti-Israeli and do not want to have an anti-Israeli foreign policy.
TB adds his own commentary:
Is this a Trojan horse speaking?
I don’t know, but of course he is compromised in the sense that much of his family lives in Palestine.
On the other hand — I agree with Kepiblanc about everything he writes about the history of Det Radikale Venstre. They are, and have always been, (in my humble opinion) a ‘bunch of potential traitors’, pardon my French. Especially during the German invasion and the Cold War. (Can it get much worse than that?)
A lot of people have been wondering also why exactly Naser Khader was enrolled in De Radikale Venstre. As Carsten Juste (editor of JP) said a few days before he gave Naser a prize for defending Freedom of Expression during the cartoon crisis (from my memory): “I simply do not understand what Naser is doing in Det Radikale Venstre. He does not belong there. Can’t he see that himself?”
Stay tuned. The fat lady sings on Tuesday.