Our Danish correspondent TB emailed us yesterday with observations about recent events in his country. He gave me permission to post his remarks, but asked me to include a caveat: “Please remember that these are my subjective opinions and that the descriptive part was taken from my memory and perception of the debate. I have no written notes from the meeting; I was just an eye/ear witness.”
Bearing that in mind, here’s the latest from TB:
Carsten Juste — the editor-in-chief of Jyllands-Posten — has resigned and been replaced by a new editor. Juste will keep writing editorials for Jyllands-Posten.
But it’s kind of sad. I really liked this guy, but he is retiring.
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I went to a meeting yesterday at Trykkefrihedsselskabet [the Free Press Society]. They had a debate involving, among others, Hans Bonnichsen (the former chief of the Secret Service in Denmark), Helle Merete Brix (who has just published a new book describing the Muslim Brotherhood), and Lars Hedegaard. The last two clearly won the debate. Brix and Hedegaard are really admirable.
The debate was about Brix’s book and had the subtitle: What is most dangerous? Islamic terrorism or the silent takeover?
Hedegaard did an excellent job trying to make his opponents change their way of looking at the phenomenon called Islam, from our normal, rational way of studying things, and instead take the approach from within irrational Islam itself. More specifically, to try to make the point of origin the jihad itself.
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If you do that you will see that what is important is not the tools, be they conventional terrorism, intimidation, or halal meat in kindergartens (and then try to divide Muslims into groups of moderates, extremists, Islamists and so on).
What is important to realize is that these are all just tools to achieve the one and only goal: the Khalifa, or world domination. Just from different angles or perceptions of what will do best in the current situation. The Muslim Brotherhood is an expert in this discipline.
He was of course immediately attacked for being an illusionist. That it was just another conspiracy-theory. That it was simply too much to think that there was somewhere in the desert a central command giving orders about who will do what and when.
What Hedegaard meant was of course that there exists a common interest among all Muslims about achieving the goal of world domination. But also that they are very good at coordinating the whole thing.
Anyway, it was, as usual, a very interesting meeting. I wish you were able to participate in these meetings. They are truly inspiring.