For a Monday afternoon insanity break, here’s a video I just discovered at YouTube, featuring Stevie Ray Vaughan at his legend-making best in a July 1988 concert in Denmark. You know the song, I’m sure; this ranks among the best recorded versions.
A few days ago a writer for the Danish weekly Weekendavisen, Jesper Vind Jensen, emailed and asked for my opinion on a Danish critic of Islam named Lars Hedegaard who’s apparently now in the midst of a controversy, over statements he made calling for a sort of paramilitary strategy of civil disobedience against Muslims in Denmark.
Jensen wrote that he had seen an image of Lars Hedegaard in a photoshop at some website that was attacking me for something, and thought I must have written something about Hedegaard that prompted it. But the name didn’t mean much to me; I searched LGF and didn’t find any posts mentioning Hedegaard, and I didn’t recall writing anything about him.
Then Jensen emailed this link to a speech in Hedegaard’s own words: The Resilience of the Commoners - Sappho.
3. We need to develop a strategy that may allow us to achieve our objectives. This means that we must develop a comprehensive and deep strategy equal to that of islam. This strategy must take into account that some of our public and private institutions may opt to side with our enemies unless we force them to side with us.
A successful defensive strategy may necessitate the creation of parallel institutions under our control accompanied by civil disobedience vis-à-vis the official, dhimmified ones – which is a classical occurrence in occupied countries.
We would undoubtedly benefit from a study of the modus operandi of primarily European resistance movements during World War 2 though our present situation is much more ominous at least long term.
Jensen also told me that Lars Hedegaard had attended the meeting in Brussels in 2007 partly sponsored by the Belgian extremist party Vlaams Belang; and so I gave him a quote through email that said:
OK, now I remember Hedegaard. He’s obviously an extremist, and anyone who consults with the neo-fascists of the Vlaams Belang should not be trusted. And talking about a “public uprising” is insane. He is associating with fascists and advocating violence, and should be shunned by decent people.
Here’s the Danish-language article Jensen and his partner Klaus Wivel wrote for Weekendavisen, in PDF form: De er alle blevet kukkuk.
Apparently this has stirred up yet another enclave of blogs that despise me, over in Denmark. I knew I felt my ears burning. LGF reader Øyvind Strømmen emailed a few links that I put through the Google translator.
Some of those sites are harping (again) about a photograph of Filip DeWinter of the Vlaams Belang and Markus Beisicht of Pro Koln; here are the LGF posts on this photo, because as usual these bloggers are deliberately distorting the truth:
UPDATE at 1/10/10 3:30:19 pm:
Øyvind Strømmen has written a lengthy rebuttal of the claims going around right wing blogs supporting Hedegaard; here’s the Google translation to English from Norwegian: “No fascists to see” - comment on a Danish blog war.
Rep. James Inhofe (R-OK), a far right politician with ties to the Dominionist movement, on record comparing environmentalists to the Third Reich and the EPA to the Gestapo, is organizing a junket of climate change deniers to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen this December: Inhofe: I’m Bringing a ‘Truth Squad’ to Copenhagen.
Inhofe has consistently been one of the most dishonest anti-AGW figures on the Republican side. Now he’s actually going to try to subvert the Obama administration’s policies, on foreign soil. And it isn’t the first time he’s traveled overseas to embarrass America; he made a similar trip to Milan, Italy, in 2003.
There was a time when Republicans would have called this kind of thing “treason.”
Tim Blair Goes Cherry-Picking
Today, former Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen issued one of those political non-apology apologies we’ve come to know so well, intended to mollify the Islamic world while giving himself a way to argue that he didn’t really apologize at all.
And also intended to smooth the way for his position as secretary general of NATO.
Rasmussen gave his 2009-take on the cartoons earlier today. “I respect Islam as one of the world’s major religions as well as its religious symbols,” Rasmussen said during a panel discussion at a conference in Istanbul.
“I was deeply distressed that the cartoons were seen by many Muslims as an attempt by Denmark to mark and insult or behave disrespectively towards Islam or the Prophet Mohammad. Nothing could be further from my mind,” he added.
At least he didn’t bow.
What do you have to do to become the secretary general of NATO these days?
Apologize to the Islamic world for exercising your right to freedom of expression.
Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Denmark’s leader, was one of the few European politicians who refused to give in to pressure from fundamentalists in the Middle East when a Danish newspaper published the now infamous “Mohammed cartoons.” His attitude was welcomed by may Europeans, especially by conservatives. He was quickly promoted to “hero of the freedom of speech,” and became one of the old continent’s most popular politicians.
But then something changed. Rasmussen set his eyes upon NATO. He wanted to become the organization’s next secretary general. An ambitious man, Rasmussen proved willing to be whatever it takes to accomplish his goals.
One of those ‘things’: apologizing to the “Islamic world” for the cartoons.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip does not like Rasmussen very much. So when the latter appeared to be the man most likely succeed secretary general Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, the former put up a fight. Turkey would not agree to let Rasmussen accomplish his goal, Erdogan said, unless Turkey got something in return and unless Rasmussen would apologize to “the Islamic world.’
Rasmussen agreed. Dutch magazine Elsevier reports he will do so tomorrow, in Istanbul.
What a disgrace.
The “Islamic world” should apologize to the rest of us for the violence and murders that followed the publication of the dreaded cartoons of blasphemy. But we’ve arrived in the brave new world of Hopenchange, in which (relatively) sane people apologize for “provoking” the horrible behavior of others, and grovel before violent thugs and religious extremists.