Cartoon crisis: was it for the good or bad?
After a couple of weeks of complete madness in the Muslim World - and collapse of the happy world-picture to which most Danes used to adhere - the question arises: What now?
One may rephrase the question: is this good or bad?
It was of course bad to see - once again - the imperfection of the human mind illustrated by grown-up people willing around, screaming their heads off, obviously not knowing what they were yelling about. It was almost ridiculous to se this kind of behavior triggered by i.a. a picture from a celebration of the pig showing a person in the disguise of this animal.
It was also bad to see a respected figure such as Danish former Foreign Minister Uffe Ellemann-Jensen argue a new version of the Baldwin/Chamberlain appeasement policy and calling for a newspaper editor to retire. It is quite obvious that to follow his advice would only encourage the bandits and thereby create further problems. And it was certainly bad to see Danish enterprises and the Confederation of Danish Industries involved in something which had strong resemblances to what took place during WWII when certain industrialists gave priority to their own pockets rather than to the needs of their country.
But the cartoon crisis was good because it is an excellent illustration of what the Western World is actually up against.
Also in another respect a comparison could be made to the events in occupied Denmark during WWII:
For a long time, due to Nazi propaganda, censorship, and the Danish Government’s disloyalty towards its own people (the Government remained in office in spite of the Nazi occupation) the common man did not have a clear understanding of the situation. Surely, there were sudden bursts of anger, and on August 29 1943, the Government actually had to quit because the Danes became impossible to govern. However, the situation did not change dramatically in favor of the Resistance Movement until the day when it was suddenly known that next morning the Nazis would start deporting Jewish neighbors and friends to German concentration camps. From that very moment it was quite obvious what was going on. So when morning broke, the Resistance Movement had multiplied - and there were (almost) no Jews for the Nazis to seize.
For years, Danes were very not informed of the nature of the present Muslim immigration, not to speak of its easily foreseeable long-term consequences. The few people who raised their voices were harassed, intimidated, violated and even on their lives threatened. The agenda was set by a well-paid lobby of humanitarian organizations arm in arm with a scrupulous extreme left wing. Any opposition to the policy of "see nothing, hear nothing and say nothing" was automatically rubber-stamped as Nazi, racist or even worse. With his own eyes the present author has seen former members of the Resistance 1940-45 subjected to this inferno of indecent accusations and even physical attacks. He remembers also how the youngest Dane ever imprisoned in a German concentration camp undertook the role of a postman bringing information on the real nature of the ongoing immigration to the Danish newspaper editors during the Eighties and Nineties – spitted upon for that, mocked and made a fool of.
In spite of this, the postman went on and on and on until the Internet made him superfluous. Vital information on the situation was also distributed anonymously. Volunteers went around at night putting information pamphlets into letter-boxes. Key information collected by informed persons was channeled into this unofficial information-system. The scholars and analysts behind this information offensive had to keep their names secret. In fact the same security was applied to protect them in their jobs, positions and private lives as was planned for in the event of a Soviet occupation (where it might be necessary to organize an undercover information system).
It is hard to believe, but this was what actually took place in a democracy within the free world during that period.
Surely the picture changed in 2001. Due to the eye-opener of September 11 the Danish People’s Party, which was formed not at least to oppose the immigration-policy, got a key role. From then on a change in policy became urgent for all the big political parties and a stop of unwanted immigration became an indispensable ingredient in their programs.
However, this brought no substantial solution. Even if the law on immigration was tightened, the number of inadaptable Muslim immigrants still grew and grew. A recent wide open call from a key demographist at Copenhagen University that the Muslim newcomers will be in majority within this Century has simply been neglected.
In the wake of this development there has been an ever increasing rate in crime. When the reason for this growth is shown in hard figures, a veil of words comes down and the facts are drowned in good-hopes that the whole thing will disappear if "integration"-efforts are intensified.
There is no room on the political agenda either for the fact that the economic burden of the present development weighs heavily upon the shoulders of the most exposed Danes: the old, the sick and the poor, since it is not possible to extract more taxes from the taxpayers. Social security was previously based upon the State. Denmark was in fact one big insurance company. Now this company is breaking down due to too large an injection in the beneficiaries’ group compared to the number of contributors.
Housing costs have grown alarmingly – not least because virtually hundreds of thousands of flats built by the social building associations have been reserved for the "New Danes". For a young Danish family in Copenhagen it has become almost impossible to find decent housing.
However, due to the cartoon crisis even the most ignorant and political indifferent Dane now has a clear illustration of what it is all about. What is more: he also has an unavoidable picture of the fact that welfare and prosperity may hardly be built upon religious customs, rage and Middle-Age ideas inserted into our society from the Middle East.
Therefore, this issue is now on the agenda everywhere. Students who are normally not interested in politics at all, housewives whose world is usually linked to the illustrated ladies magazines and career-men who are normally not interested in anything but their own money are discussing the importance of democracy and the apparent dangers if the West gives in.
This is very likely to create a new political agenda. At least it has already made an impact on the pools: now the Danish Peoples Party which was formed not least in opposition to the immigration policy of the past has extended its share of the votes to almost 18 % - and is about to overtake the Social Democrats. This seems to be a widespread trend. For instance, its sister party in Norway, the Progress Party is now up to 30% in the pools – almost on line with the Norwegian Social Democrats.
The most evident goal of a new agenda will be to get rid of not only the deceitful mullahs who triggered the crisis, but all intruders who do not respect our way of living and who extend their peculiar habits to the public sphere and thereby interfere in other people’s lives.
Who knows? There is a widespread feeling of anger and frustration among the Danes. They have had a lesson in so called "taquija" – the idea that the "Right Belief" may be promoted not only by persuasion but by all means leading to the desirable result, including immigration into other people’s homelands and deception of their inhabitants until the final take-over. Therefore it might even become a public demand that Muslims who do not actively support Danish democracy will have to leave.