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.”
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.
A shooting attack in a Danish shopping mall, possibly related to the events in Gaza.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - A gunman wounded two Israelis working at a packed central Denmark shopping mall Wednesday, Danish police said.
The two wounded men are Israelis in their 20s, police spokesman Lars Thede said. He said it was too early to speculate on whether they were targeted because of their nationality.
UPDATE at 12/31/08 12:23:19 pm:
Two Israelis were wounded today in a shooting incident in the Rosengardscentret in Odense on the island of Funen just after 3 p.m., according to police. Police said the nationality of the perpetrator was uncertain, although he was said to be a foreigner.
One of the victims was hit in the arm, the other was wounded in the leg, according to reports. Both were taken to hospital, but police were unable to provide information on their condition.
Eyewitnesses told bt.dk that the perpetrator arrived in a hairdresser’s salon owned by one of the Israelis. He was said by eyewitnesses to have shouted something ‘in a Middle-Eastern language’ after which he began shooting.
One of the Israelis was said to have tried to flee, while the other threw a stool at the man. Both, however, were hit.
The police spokesman said that six bullets had been fired.
(Hat tip: Zombie.)
Pakistan has sent a delegation to the European Union to demand that Europe crack down on free speech and enforce Islamic law—or else.
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will ask the European Union countries to amend laws regarding freedom of expression in order to prevent offensive incidents such as the printing of blasphemous caricatures of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and the production of an anti-Islam film by a Dutch legislator, sources in the Interior Ministry told Daily Times on Saturday.
They said that a six-member high-level delegation comprising officials from the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Law would leave Islamabad on Sunday (today) for the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium and explain to the EU leadership the backlash against the blasphemous campaign in the name of freedom of expression.
The delegation, headed by an additional secretary of the Interior Ministry, will meet the leaders of the EU countries in a bid to convince them that the recent attack on the Danish Embassy in Pakistan could be a reaction against the blasphemous campaign, sources said.
They said that the delegation would also tell the EU that if such acts against Islam are not controlled, more attacks on the EU diplomatic missions abroad could not be ruled out.
Following the bombing outside the Danish embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan’s ambassador to Denmark says to the people of Denmark, “Now are you satisfied?”
Fauzia Mufti Abbas, Pakistan’s ambassador to Denmark, agreed that the Mohammed cartoons, first published in Jyllands-Posten newspaper in October 2005, had incited Muslim anger and were possibly the motivation for the attack, which killed eight and wounded as many as 30.
‘It isn’t just the people of Pakistan that feel they have been harassed by what your newspaper has begun,’ she said. ‘I’d like to know if your newspaper is satisfied with what it has done and what it has unleashed?’