Denmark’s government condemns freedom and submits to Islam. Just when one thought that Denmark’s Foreign Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen couldn’t sink any deeper in the ongoing Quran crisis, that’s exactly what he does:
On Sunday evening, he called the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Hissein Brahim Taha, to convey Denmark’s desire for friendship with Muslim countries.
NTB refers to DR, which quotes the OIC Secretary-General’s version of the conversation with Løkke:
In the conversation between Løkke and Taha, the OIC Chairman reiterated the message that Denmark must prevent new Quran burnings.
- The Minister stated that his country’s government condemns the insult to the Holy Quran and that the government is examining this issue with great interest. He emphasizes that his country is eager to maintain friendly relations and cooperation with the member countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, writes the OIC according to DR.
On Sunday evening, Løkke promised that the Danish government will consider measures to prevent Quran burnings. At 10 o’clock on Monday, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Folketing will meet with the Foreign Minister to discuss the situation.
One of the leading ministers in Denmark’s government is asking a representative of 57 Muslim countries for friendship while condemning a strong expression that has been made in his own country, where freedom of speech supposedly exists.
It is not uncommon to hear heads of state talk about friends and allies, and it usually implies a distinction between the two. Traditionally, for example, Norway and Sweden have been considered friends, even though the two countries have not belonged to the same defense alliance. Similarly, there is no doubt that when American presidents have used the expression “friends and allies,” they have been referring, among others, to the United Kingdom.
Since when did Nordic ministers begin to regard Muslim countries as friends? And what conditions does Lars Løkke think the OIC will set to accept the friendship he is so eager to achieve?
The signal the Danish Foreign Minister is sending is not only extremely foolish, primarily because it reveals a weakness that leaders in the Muslim world and the roaring masses they can mobilize for their internal influence operations have sensed all the way from Baghdad and Tehran.
It is also a betrayal of his own country’s citizens and freedom traditions. He condemns his own citizens who exercise freedom of speech, albeit in a sharp manner – but it is precisely the sharp expressions that need protection, something that anyone not politically foolish understands. Instead, he initiates an inquiry into how the law can be changed to restrict this space for expression.
The attitude displayed by the Danish Foreign Minister, if we can call lying flat on the floor an attitude, is also a betrayal of the principled defense of freedom of speech that Denmark’s former Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen demonstrated during the cartoon crisis in 2006.
At that time, he personally distanced himself from the cartoons – which may not have been ideal, but still not an unconditional surrender – but above all, he firmly stated that the drawings did not violate Danish law, that he would not interfere with what the media published, and that neither an apology nor a meeting with representatives of Islam was appropriate.
Lars Løkke Rasmussen has simply switched sides and is now participating in a jihad against Denmark. He should preferably settle in one of the 57 OIC countries he is so eager to befriend, preferably along with as much of Islam’s fifth column in Denmark as possible. If he needs help packing his suitcase or lacks transportation to Kastrup, he just needs to call.