The Ranting Kraut

19.3.2006 – 27.9.2010

Surrendering Without a Fight

Posted by rantingkraut on August 16, 2006

Another gem from Henryk Broder:

Objectively speaking, the row over the Muhammad caricatures was a storm in a tea cup. Subjectively, it was a demonstration of power and in the context of the “Clash of Civilisations” it had the quality of a test run. The Muslims showed how fast and effectively they could mobilise the masses. The west has shown that it has nothing to put up against this –nothing but fear, cowardice and concern for its trade balance. So now the Islamists know that they are fighting a paper tiger whose roar comes from a pre-recorded tape.

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More than 30 years ago, the Danish lawyer and amateur politician Mogens Glistrup had an idea which made him famous overnight: in order to save taxes, the Danish army should be disbanded. In its stead, an answer-phone should be placed in the Danish defence ministry to announce: “we surrender!”. Such a measure would not only save money but also human lives. Having contested the 1973 elections with this programme, Glistrup’s Progress Party became the second strongest party in the Danish parliament.

 

Glistrup was far ahead of his time. Now would be the right moment to switch on that answer machine.

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