Earlier today I drew an unfavorable comparison between the Danish response to Islamic intimidation and the Canadian one. But hardly any Western country, including the USA, compares favorably with Denmark in such matters.
According to one of my Danish contacts, the Swedes and the Norwegians are not happy with the Danes’ irresponsible behavior in reprinting the latest batch of Motoons.
But Sweden is not monolithic about it: the newspaper Sydsvenskan printed one of the Motoons the other day — and then the editor-in-chief, Peter Melin, dropped dead on the job the next day. A Swedish jihad forum is very pleased with Allah’s intervention against the blasphemous infidel (I hope to have more news on this topic later).
Our Danish correspondent TB emailed me earlier today with this news about Norway:
And in Norway, the journalists on NRK (the national state-sponsored television network) are now for the first time ‘allowed’ to publish the cartoons: Wow, allowed to print a cartoon… ! Is this Monty Python or is this really happening?
I asked TB what made the Danes so different from their cousins across the Skagerrak. Here’s what he replied:
I don’t understand it either.
I think that in Denmark we have been extremely lucky (so to speak) to have had the experience with the German occupation (although Norway had that, too).
Maybe that makes the Danes better than the Swedes at recognizing totalitarian movements. For example the DDF (Den Danske Forening) was formed by, among others, an old veteran from the resistance movements (he died last year). These people have been going through a true firestorm of allegations and labeling of racism etc. (whether any of these allegations were actually true I don’t know, but I have never seen any proof) during the past twenty years, but have kept warning about this inflow, especially of Muslims.
Now, a lot of people recognize the truth of what they have been saying all the time.
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And then of course we have had the Danish Peoples Party, which is invaluable in this fight. On top of that we have paradoxically been blessed with some very strong anti-Islamic refugees from Iran like Farshad Kholghi, Mehdi Mozaffari, and others who have come forward to deliver some heavy blows against the Islamists.
A lot of very fine debaters have also weighed in. Lars Hedegaard, Helle Brix, Ole Hyltoft and others have done a lot, too. Actually they have been invaluable.
But the most important thing, as I see it, is the unlimited degree of free speech which has made it possible to debate these matters in public for a very long time. In Sweden, as you know, this debate is impossible for halal-hippie reasons.
I guess we are addicted to this right. It is the very foundation of our country. Not just to make us look nice on the surface, but simply because this right, by its very use (as ugly as it can sometimes be) assures that everything can be scrutinized.
As for the Swedes and the Norwegians being unhappy about us, I can fully understand. To them we are probably the black sheep of Scandinavia. Personally I take that as a compliment. In my view they have completely misunderstood what free speech is all about.
They still think that it is a right that one should only use with considerations. But then, of course, it’s worthless.
But strange it sure is. I used to like the Swedes and the Norwegians. Now I don’t know any more. They are, especially official Sweden, acting like traitors against their own values. And they don’t even see it. Or maybe they do it out of fear.
Or maybe they just cannot see Islam for all the Muslims?