(Viking, courtesy Alexandra von Maltzen, Allthingsbeautiful)
These are times that try America's taste for Danish.
Could any Nostradamus have predicted it---a conservative daily newspaper in friendly old Copenhagen, forcing the left, the right, the political/entertainment/ media mighty into an awkward dilemna: side with little Denmark or with a billion moderate muslims, many gesticulating and howling for kaffir blood?
Did the Dane plan to put Americans (and others) into such a moral dilemna, or expect anything on this scale? Apparently not. Spit happens. Actually, the daily Jyllands-Posten was reacting to Islamic intimidation. Danish illustrators had been advised not to supply Danish drawings for a Danish children's book about Mohammed. The Danes had to ponder. Threats encourage ponder. The Danes are living in today's increasingly muslimized Europe. They were learning that even supporting Hamas and the Al-Aqsa Martyr's Brigade against Israel would not necessarily keep you fatwa-free. It could help, sure, so long as you did not rebuff Islamic instructions, teachings and threats in other ways. This isn't exactly Sharia. It's not exactly Western Civilization either. It's the New Diversity in the new Europe.
At any rate, the paper didn't shut up, run down, back off or bend over. It didn't react like U.S. Mainstream media. Rather than go Lamestream, it did what lefties dismiss as a provocative stunt. It took a stand, a bold one. On September 30, 2005, it published 12 cartoons that poked a little fun at Mohammed and the muslims who claim not to idolize the prophet ("idols" are forbidden, we are told.)
Was Jyllands-Posten deliberately razzing the new globalized thought police (both the capitalist and socialist variety)? Or was it having a Hamlet moment? To be or not to be a Dane? Was it nobler to suffer the scimitar in the mind, or take up ink against a sea of nasty imams? Was it chanelling the Vikings, or at least an era when men said what they thought and manliness was socially acceptable, even in policy-wonk global trade venues?
Perhaps Jyllands-Posten forgot the do's-and-don'ts for Danes living in Denmark today? Perhaps it was even having politically incorrect feelings about the country's immigrants from the land of the camels? Unfortunately for "can't-we-all-just-get-along" society, the paper's reaction to intimidation by aliens living on Danish welfare has become famous (or notorious.) Cartoons as world crisis? Who knew?
The annoying dilemna soon hit the U.S. The danska paper's act put U.S.(and many other) editors in a sorry position. These professionals had to explain away the astounding abdication of their own "free press" responsibility. In reporting the controversy raging world-wide, these media professionals (with extremely few exceptions) failed to publish the prima facie evidence--the Mohammed cartoons. With circulation figures in crisis, the readers they need to keep they left blind-sided. Refusing to publish the evidence, they pleaded, was a way of taking the high road of "respect for religion" and "not giving offense,"you see. It was not, you see, the low road of worried secular wimps who could have fun with the Bible Belt, but not the Koran Klub. They accommodated the muslims, and the Cartoon Jihad was on.
Mondo Islamo erupted anyway. Months after the Copenhagen publication, imams living on Danish dole traveled to the Middle East for meetings on how to whip up the djellabahs. Concocted evidence--a fabricated drawing-- helped, showing Mohammed with a pig snout. That stoked the faithful. Muslim madhouse guaranteed. The flag-and-embassy burning, Hezbollah and Hamas gun touts, kidnapping threats, death chants, corpses and holocaust greetings gave special insights into one of the great world religions (not to mention how neatly it coordinated with Ayatollah Iran's growing and increasingly cocky nuclear showdown with the West.) Had the Dane brought this on? You might have thought the laid-back, tolerant, permissive, humor-loving Dane had roared, instead of only publishing some mildly satirical cartoons.
Even if beard-and-burqa mob spectacles on CNN and Al Jazeera subside, the dilemna continues. Western business types signing fat globo deals with fat moderate sheikhs cannot escape it entirely. It's out in the open now. Mondo Islamo clearly intends to punish and boycott the EU's Denmark for following Danish custom instead of obeying muslim strictures on depicting their prophet Mohammed. The call to obedience is in the air. The muzzein is calling from his minaret. It seems to be getting louder. Can the capitalists and socialists hear it?
Denmark still stands. Despite enormous pressures, the Danes refuse to bow or yield, much less kow-tow. Meaning? It means the dilemna continues. Today's homo americanus can support Denmark, or Islam, fink out by declaring 'neutrality,' or go hide and pretend not to see. U.S. editors, even if emasculated, can resume their support for freedom, civil liberties, the permitted kind of cartoons and the separation of mosque and state.
Meanwhile. the boycott and pressures bloom. Arla Foods, owned by more than 10,000 dairy farmers in Denmark and Sweden, estimates that the muslim boycott will cost it US$65 million in 2006.
The European Union, under pressure by the 57 states belonging to the Organization of the Islamic Conference, is considering a media "code" that would forbid satirizing religion.
On March 9 Al Jazeera broadcast the latest Osamaton video, this from deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. He blessed the boycott against Denmark and against other European countries who "insulted the Prophet Mohammed" by publishing the cartoons. Al Quaeda and moderate Islam seem to be journeying in the same cartoon caravan.
Still Denmark does not repent, or not sufficiently for muslim taste. Although Jyllands-Posten has apologized for "offending many muslims," the nation itself remains firm (and hasn't demanded apologies for the mobs burning the Danish flag that bears the Christian cross.) Prime Minister Rasmussen, while praising the paper's apology, re-affirms that the Government cannot apologize for a newspaper or any non-official. To do so would violate Danish liberty and separation of powers. Polls show that most Danes agree . They refuse to cave, despite the muslim boycott. They support the conservative Prime Minister's stand. And they do it their way. You cannot hear a roar. Can you?
And what do you hear in the U.S? From the Liberal/Left, not much, except criticism of Jyllands-Posten. They don't see it as a brave response, like that of the fiery (and dying) Oriana Fallaci to the new Europe where even notables can be shot and knifed unto death (as Theo van Gogh was by a djellabah-wearing Moroccan) and dissenters are in hiding or under police protection. "Progressives" see the paper's action as foolhardy at best, or just a "cheap cartoon stunt, designed to provoke." They seem peeved, as if someone stepped on their multy-culty toes.
Among the globalista"conservatives," (which would include Bill Clinton and acolytes) busy lobbying or signing lucrative deals with Chinese and oil sheikhs (including U.S. port facilities, if Congress permits) it's mainly a nuisance, not an illuminating dilemna. There are deals to do and friends to make with moderate muslims.
On Oscar night, Hollywood, that well-known enemy of oppression, tyranny, intimidation and fascism, was silent (even though Al-Quaeda asserts that their mutual enemy, President Bush, did a "Bring it on" for the Cartoon Jihad.) George Clooney proved again why many ladies and neo-coms consider him a mind too, and not just a Fortunate Hunk. One of his movies showed the socially redeeming side of Islamic terror, and the other bravely raked over Joe McCarthy, the most raked-over Senator in U.S. history. Gorgeous Georgie proclaimed that Hollywood is ahead of the curve, and he doesn't mind being "out of touch" in the right way. Possibly the closest they came to a cartoon statement was in not naming "Brokeback Mountain" as Best Movie. Were they fearing the evangelicals, or dreading the Koranics calling them 'Homosexual Crusaders'? Everyone agreed that the liveliest (meaning most honest?) moment was the award to rappers Three 6 Mafia for Best Song, another example of black entertainment success in Liberalized America. But unlike most previous winners, like "Secret Love," "The Shadow of Your Smile," "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head," "Call Me Irresponsible' etc. it's unlikely that Hollywood's 2006 selection can be played in the Middle East except where they discuss the Great Satan: "It's Hard Out There For a Pimp."
Are there Americans inclined to support Denmark and counter the boycott? Are there Americans who recognize Denmark as an ally---an ally in a Long War?
Are these Americans suffering Viking mania? Will they put on a coat of chain mail, a metal helmet (with or without the horns), grab a long sword and axe (don't forget the small knife ) and, for the officers and pikers, a pike and bow and arrow too?
No. Or probably no. (Or most of them, probably no.)
What, then, are these Americaners to do? What can they do? Blogworld reports and photographs Rallying For Denmark (See Alexandra's Vikings New York at Allthingsbeautiful.com and Pamela's Rally Report at Atlas Shrugs.com
Others are rallying in another way, and without actually carving dragonheads on ships, sailing away or even attacking by land "with great force and without hesitation." It has to do with butter cookies, Legos toys,Carlsberg and Tuborg beer, House of Copenhagen furniture, Dancake, Danish Crown ham, world famous iconic Danish design of lamps, chairs, interiors, Dansk dinnerware, SBG Media, Toms chocolate, Thor fish, Prince bacon, Danablu cheese, Havarti with jalapenyo, Dansko footwear, GN hearing aids and headsets, Royal Danish porcelain, Skagen watches,.Morsoe fireplaces, Vesta windmills, Lindberg eyewear etc and so forth. That is, it has to do with Support Denmark and