The following op-ed by Søren Pind was published yesterday in Berlingske Tidende. Our Danish correspondent Kepiblanc, who translated it into English for us, notes that Mr. Pind’s article has since been overtaken by events:
Luckily I’ve just learned that the following article is outdated, and skipper Phillips is a free man. Thanks to the Seals of the mighty US Navy — God bless them all.
And here’s his translation:
By Søren Pind
Sunday, April 12
I am no humanist. To me that is no shame. Nor is it a confession. But a proud declaration. Humanism means that you love all humans on the planet. I do not. I’m not that good a person.
I don’t think it was a shame when the Romanians, after a swift trial, executed the ‘Genius of the Carpathians’, The Working Romania’s Great Leader, and whatever else they called him; the tyrant Ceausescu. Or, for that matter, when the Iraqis hanged Saddam Hussein. My tears are dry. May they fry in Hell for their evil deeds.
The fickleness of Danes became clear in a poll showing a huge majority against capital punishment while at the same time a similarly huge majority lauded the fact that Saddam Hussein found his death at the executioner’s hand.
Do I support capital punishment? No, I do not “adorn” the death penalty. But I am no opponent of the fact that those persons got the fate they got. So, now I’ve said it. Just as I left Amnesty International on September 11th 2001 — for what fate will await Osama Bin Laden if captured by the Western World? After some years in jail, will he be at large and walk freely among us?
Then we find ourselves at sea off Somalia. Four pirates hold a captain of a Danish ship hostage. And demand a ransom of 2 million dollars. All around them the entire Western World circles its warships, some of them armed with nuclear weapons. Impotent…
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This farce has been going on for too long. Back in the old days Danish navies fought piracy. And with pirates, it was just hang ’em from the yardarm. Done. We can’t do that today, of course. The very same fact that makes Hillary Clinton talk pathetically about “a response for the 21st. century”…
But the ever-increasing exhibition of impotence and lack of will just leads to further nuisance. Pirates, terrorists, and all kinds of scum make the rules. And no one says stop. Over and over the UN demonstrates why the organization belongs in the 20th century rather than the 21st. And so do we.
If the Western World is to survive it must demonstrate its will for survival. Its will to defend itself and its people. The present situation will lead to nothing but anarchy, violence and war.
It’s time to show brutality. Hard, consistent, and unconditional.