17. februar 2006

Jytte Klausen om regeringsavisens konspiration mod sagesløse muslimer

Jytte Klausen er her der og alle vegne i disse dage. Følgende artikel er fra Salon, men da det er et betalingssite, så fandt jeg den på skotske Indymedia – næppe tilfældigt. Her lidt fra Rotten judgment in the state of Denmark:

The Danish paper that printed the cartoons wanted to stir up trouble — and the government wanted a culture war. They got more than they bargained for. […]

Jyllands-Posten, the Danish paper that originally published the 12 caricatures, has a circulation of about 175,000 and is Denmark’s largest paper. The paper’s main offices are in Aarhus, the country’s second-largest city, on the outskirts of town in an area zoned for industrial use. The building resembles a well-kept small manufacturing plant, but inside everything is white and pleasant. It is where I grew up, and in my family the paper still sits on our coffee tables. But don’t let the blond wood deceive you. Jyllands-Posten is a conservative paper and it has always minded the religious and political sensitivities of its readership, the Lutheran farmers and the provincial middle class.

In Denmark the national papers have historically been associated with the main political parties and the movements that formed them. Jyllands-Posten is associated with the prime minister’s party. In English, Fogh Rasmussen’s party is referred to as the Liberal Party; in Danish it is “Venstre,” meaning “the Left.” But the party is neither left nor liberal. The names date back to the days of limited suffrage, when the Conservatives were “the Right” and there were only those two parties. My father, a brother and a sister ran for office from Rasmussen’s party. It was the party everyone else in my family voted for. Once I emigrated to the U.S., family unity on political matters was restored. […]

The paper wanted to instigate trouble, just not the kind of trouble it got. And in this mission it acted in concert with the Danish government. “We have gone to war against the multicultural ideology that says that everything is equally valid,” boasted the minister of cultural affairs, Brian Mikkelsen, in a speech at his party’s annual meeting the week before Rose’s cartoon editorial last fall. Mikkelsen is a 39-year-old political science graduate known for his hankering for the “culture war.” He continued, “The Culture War has now been raging for some years. And I think we can conclude that the first round has been won.” The next front, he said, is the war against the acceptance of Muslims norms and ways of thought. The Danish cultural heritage is a source of strength in an age of globalization and immigration. Cultural restoration, he argued, is the best antidote.

The Danish government has protested that Danish Muslims and the Islamic countries have conspired in a misinformation campaign regarding both the paper’s motives and the law of the land. Among the examples of preposterous misinformation are that the paper is run by the government, and that the government can do anything to regulate what is said or not said. While radical Islamists have exaggerated and exploited these themes to incite violent protest, the painful reality is that there is some truth to them. The paper is related to the government, not by ownership but by political affinity and history. […]

… the cartoons apparently provided a grand opportunity to extremists: for radical elements in Islamic countries rife with internal dissent, and for right-wing extremists in Denmark and Europe, to mobilize supporters from the disaffected. Among the victims are the moderate Muslims in Europe and worldwide, who now find themselves increasingly wounded in the crossfire between xenophobes and Islamists.”

Det forklarer jo en hel del. Vi takker P1 for at have gravet hende frem… (og finske Matti for link)

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  1. Den dhimmi-sæk skulle kraftedme røvpules med en lufthammer. Føj for helvede, en landsforræder

    Kommentar by Henri Gath — 17. februar 2006 @ 22:46

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