The following essay by Lars Hedegaard was posted yesterday at Trykkefrihedsselskabet (the Danish Free Press Society). Many thanks to Anne-Kit of Perth, Australia, for the translation:
Insults, Mockery and Ridicule
The red-green alliance of the left wing, Western governments, journalists, experts and devout Muslims celebrates new triumphs.
4th June 2010, by Lars Hedegaard
The Israeli seizure of the peace flotilla bound for Gaza has brought forth a multitude of experts, and gleeful journalists of the printed and electronic mainstream media are lined up, microphones ready for anyone who has a bone to pick with the Jewish state.
Many do. On TV2 News, for example, we have been able to enjoy commentary from a number of heretofore unknown Middle East experts. Among the newly-minted connoisseurs of the region’s complicated politics is the media coordinator for the Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Victims of Torture, Tue Magnussen, who in no time managed to coordinate his own thoughts to such an extent that he could establish with absolute certainty that Israel had committed serious crimes. A remarkable achievement, given that naval battles normally lie outside of the Centre’s core competence.
Less surprising was a statement by Islam-dabbler Professor Joergen Baek Simonsen, who likewise on TV2 News determined that the outlook for peace in the Middle East is bleak, and that this is Israel’s fault. We thought as much, for anyone who is familiar with the Professor’s complete works knows full well that Islam, as Gaza’s rulers invoke, is the religion of peace and therefore would never harm a fly, if only the Muslims weren’t so horribly persecuted by the bloody Jews.
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Moreover, the humanitarian intentions behind the maritime excursion are very clear from this short video, where some of the most active activists of the peace flotilla are seen encouraging each other through a little communal singing prior to departure: “[Remember] Khaybar, Khaybar, oh Jews. Mohammed’s army will return.” For the benefit of readers who didn’t pay attention at school: Khaybar alludes to one of Mohammed’s numerous peace missions. In 629 AD he promised the Jews of the Khaybar oasis that they could save their lives by agreeing to hand over half their annual agricultural production to the Muslims. However, real peace only came to the oasis after the Jews were thrown out a few years later.
Another of TV2’s star commentators is a bad-tempered lady from the University of Copenhagen who is often called upon to explain why things are going so well in Turkey. But now the peace-loving people of Turkey are upset and angry, and it is the fault of — you guessed right — Israel.
This is probably why Bishop Luigi Padovese, the apostolic vicar of Anatolia, and the Vatican’s representative to eastern Turkey, was recently stabbed to death by his driver. According to Turkish officials the killing had nothing to do with anything. The driver had “psychological disturbances”, and this is clearly a widespread problem in that country, since the Bishop’s departure from this earth follows in the wake of many similar attacks on Christians. The bad-tempered lady will soon explain these mysterious phenomena on TV2: Zionists have caused such distress to the Turks that they have lost their minds.
The Danish government, which is advocating Turkish membership of the European Union, will no doubt interpret the Bishop’s unhappy departure as a sign that Turkey belongs in Europe, another region where Christianity is no longer fashionable.
Journalistic colleges and institutes of higher learning can rejoice that their students have been diligent in their studies of the Zionist World Conspiracy. Even primary schools are keeping up. A recent survey confirmed that 50 percent of Danish primary school students don’t believe that the Holocaust happened, or at least that it did not happen on the scale hitherto claimed.
All forces for good, however diverse they may be, now stand together — from the Danish Foreign Minister to the flotilla activists — in their condemnation of Israel. The common denominator which holds together this remarkable brotherhood is the recognition that the Jewish state represents a false note in the international concert, and that consequently the Israelis have no right to defend themselves. A similar, well-oiled consensus boasted remarkable results in the middle of the last century.
In order to celebrate the new revelation of the Zionist danger, friends of the peace activists have written a new song to the tune of “We are the world”.