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Something fishy in the state of Denmark

Posted by Exile on March 31, 2006

We all know the H.C. Andersen story of the little mermaid. The story is popular all over the world and even Disney has gotten in on the act. She is the national symbol of Denmark and is to be found, in sculptural form, on Langelinie quay in Copenhagen where she sits on a rock looking out over the Baltic sea.

She was sculpted by Edvard Eriksen in 1913 and was given to the city by the brewer Carl Jacobsen (of Carlsberg fame). She is cast in bronze and the dancer Ellen Price was the model for the figure. Whether Ellen actually had feet like fishtails or not, is irrelevant.

This delightful little figure attracts one million tourists a year and there aren’t many days where one won’t see someone crawling up onto her rock for the obligatory souvenir picture. The city fathers are going to change that. They are planning on moving the little mermaid out into deeper water. It’s not that they want to discourage tourists to come and see her. They want to ward off the vandals. Would-be mermaid rapists, if you like.

The last act of vandalism was carried out on international womens day where the poor defenceless thing was painted with slogans and had a vibrator placed in her hand. In her time on the rock, she has been beheaded three times, has had her arm cut off, and has had innumerable stones thrown at her. Not bad for a national symbol.

Horrific acts of violence? Disgusting behaviour? Mindless vandalism? I don’t know.

Beheading, amputation and stoning.

In some countries, it’s known as the law.

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Nastygram no. 109877635

Posted by Exile on March 30, 2006

From: United Nations Security Council
To: Iran

You have 30 days to cease the enrichment of uranium within your borders.

If you do not comply with this resolution we will be forced to take the following very serious action against you:

1. We will hold a meeting and talk about you.

2. We will be very annoyed with you.

3. We will tell you that we think you are very, very naughty.

4. You will then have 30 days to cease the enrichment of uranium within your borders.

——————-End Nastygram——————

That ought to hold ’em. Eh, Kofi?

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Crying over spilled milk.

Posted by Exile on March 30, 2006

We all know that it doesn’t take much to get the whole of Islam excited. Draw the prophet and 1.5 billion followers of the religion of peace go nuts. Hordes of crazed, screaming people will burn down your embassy, burn your flag, and pictures of your chosen political leader and whatever else may come to hand. Which, I suppose, is a fair, reasonable and understandable reaction and not at all ‘over the top’. (Right…!)

Denmark is not well known for multi-million dollar, multi-national concerns. Apart from A.P. Møller and his container empire you may be hard pressed to find others. I’ll name one here ;
They have a pretty strong monopoly of the danish dairy market, having squashed all the other ‘independant’ dairies by a particularly aggressive marketing style including contracts that forbid supermarket owners to deal with the little guys or else, and big bags of money. They produce Feta cheese amongst other things. (Although, they aren’t really allowed to call it Feta, because that is a Greek product). It’s very popular in arabia, along with butter.

Now, what do these two things have to do with each other?

During the great Muhammed crisis, (you know, the one where a few innocent cartoons had the ummah going mad), Arla asked the Danish prime minister to give an apology to the Arab world, on behalf of Denmark, for the drawings. This, because Arla, a multi-million dollar, multi-national concern that produces dairy products, was under boycott by all the Arab nations.
The Danish P.M., Anders Fogh Rasmussen, declined to do this, explaining that the drawings were published by a newspaper in accordance with Danish law and that as the government has no influence on the press, it cannot therefore be responsible. The press is free to print whatever the chief editor thinks is worthy of publishing. It’s called *Freedom of the press*.

Well done Anders.

I met him once. Shook his hand. Just before I went off to Africa to climb Kilimanjaro. Good solid grip, I remember. Here is a picture of him.
Nice chap.

But I digress.. (Get used to it, I do it a lot. It adds to the entertainment value.)

Arla whined. Arla appealed to everyone they could. Arla wrote to the P.M. Still no apology.

So what does Arla do now? They apologise for Denmark. A full page advertisement in every arab newspaper they can get to explaining that it was wrong, and they weren’t a part of it, and they understand, and they have learned through their many years in the arab world, that tolerance and justice are a part of Islam, and they are sooo sorry, – grovel,- whine.

Hmmm.. Tolerance and justice a part of Islam?

Yes. And pigs do fly. And fish perform Shakespeare at the bottom of the sea in floodlit grottos surrounded by mermaids.

Now, it takes a bit more to get a dane excited than it does the ummah. But if he starts to mutter about longships and Valhalla and goes for the fly agaric and the mead, then take my advice.

Get the hell out of Dodge.

Go home, hide everything you value and lock up your wife and daughters.

We all know what a pissed-off viking is capable of.

As yet, and I am waiting for it, I haven’t seen hordes of milk-crazed, screaming, woad-painted danes burning down supermarkets or Arla billboards or pictures of the C.E.O., but here’s the point to all this…

Arla may now be facing another boycott. Right here, at home, in Denmark for the sell-out on freedom of speech.

Arla akhbar?

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Another (different) martyr.

Posted by Exile on March 28, 2006

It is no secret that we have a muslim community in Denmark. It is no secret that some of these are fairly fundamental in their beliefs and actions. There is, however, a different breed among them. A recently formed group calling themselves ‘Democratic Muslims’.
The group is headed up by a fully integrated muslim, now an MP, called Naser Khader. I admire this guy. He has to live under police protection. He has recently recieved threats (indirectly) against his life and is presently holding a low profile for his own safety and to spend time with his family.
Why? Because he dares to speak out on behalf of democracy and holds the simple opinion that the law of the land is more important than religion in matters of normal social behaviour. He has laid out what he terms ‘The ten commandments of democracy’. I unashamedly bring them here, copied from his website,- www.khader.dk :

The ten commandments of Democracy.

1. We must all separate politics and religion, and we must never place religion above the laws of democracy.
2. We must all respect that all people have equal rights regardless of sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.
3. No person must ever incite to hatred, and we must never allow hatred to enter our hearts.
4. No person must ever use or encourage violence – no matter how frustrated or wronged we feel, or how just our cause.
5. We must all make use of dialogue – always.
6. We must all show respect for the freedom of expression, also of those with whom we disagree the most.
7. No person can claim for themselves or assign to others a place apart, neither as superior persons, as inferior persons or as eternal victims.
8. We must all treat other people’s national and religious symbols as we wish them to treat ours – flag-burning and graffiti on churches, mosques and synagogues are insults that hinder dialogue and increase the repression of the other party.
9. We must all mind our manners in public. Public space is not a stage on which to vent one’s aggressions or to spread fear and hate, but should be a forum for visions and arguments, where the best must win support.
10. We must all stand up for our opponent if he or she is subjected to spiteful treatment.

The commandments were first voiced in a speech by Naser Khader in 2002.

I wish this man all the best. I doubt that it will make a difference but I am allowed to hope.
At the very least, it is a start by an organisation of moderate muslims to balance the rhetoric of the mullahs and imams that so easily and willingly spread nothing more than hatred and preach nothing more than damnation of the society that I live in. That this one man is prepared to put his life on the line and live (or die?) with the consequences of his view of democracy makes him a martyr for me.

The one big difference is, that this particular martyr is still alive.

Let’s keep it that way.

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Finally on the wing…

Posted by Exile on March 28, 2006

Well, I finally got in on the blogosphere with my own blog. Goodday to you all and I hope you will enjoy sharing my thoughts.

Like this old rhino, I get to be pretty immovable at times. I think things through, make up my mind and stick with it. Argue if you like, it won’t get through my thick skin.

The blog title ‘On the wing’ is a statement in itself. Which particular wing I’m on is up to you to decide.

Watch this space. It may be surprise or infuriate you, or it might even make you laugh. Take it or leave it.

Like the rhino, I have my space and I’ll fill it.

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