30. maj 2007

Jytte Klausen om “500 Iraqis who had served as translators for coalition forces “

Iskolde løgne, halve sandheder og bizarre opstramninger. Integrationsforsker Jytte Klausen om dansk politik lige nu. fra Salon – Danish cartoons, no longer the rage.

“There was cynicism and grandstanding on both sides of the divide — defiant diatribes from xenophobes defending free speech, and defiant diatribes from Muslim leaders bent on stirring religious radicalism. But after the hysteria died down, Danes were in for some soul-searching. They didn’t like that the rest of the world suddenly thought they were racists. That discomfort grew over time, as their government and the Danish People’s Party continued to pursue a zero-tolerance policy on immigration matters. Now, a little more than a year later, an increasing number of Danes want to restore more tolerant Danish values and are looking to a new political rescuer — a Muslim immigrant, who was himself caught up in the explosive cartoon controversy.

The wave change became apparent on a Monday in early May, when Naser Khader, a popular parliamentarian, moved to form a new party together with two other defectors from Rasmussen’s center-right government. Putting an end to the influence of the Danish People’s Party in national politics is one of Khader’s main objectives. Before the week was over, his “New Alliance” party had challenged the government’s parliamentary majority, as a steady trickle of defectors winnowed Rasmussen’s margin of power down to one.

Rasmussen harnessed his government to the whims of the Danish People’s Party and set out to be a “Bush-lite.” (Rasmussen’s own party is called the Liberal Party, although the term does not denote leftist politics as it does in the United States.) He endorsed the White House’s claims about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and sent Danish troops to participate in the invading force. All of this earned Rasmussen an invitation to the White House and praise as a “good friend” by George Bush.

But Danes were fed up by this March, when the Danish People’s Party used its influence to prevent the government from giving asylum to approximately 500 Iraqis who had served as translators for coalition forces and their families, and who now had reason to fear for their lives in their home country….

Khader became a target of activist Muslims during the cartoon crisis when he formed a new organization, “Democratic Muslims,” in protest against the imams who worked to whip up anger against Jyllands-Posten, the Danish government, and moderate Arab voices arguing for a calm response…

Khader is in many respects a typical immigrant and an unlikely candidate for the role of savior of Danish liberalism. He was born in Damascus, Syria, and came to Denmark in 1974. His father was a displaced Palestinian and insisted on a religious upbringing. Khader never speaks badly about his father and maintains that his own religion is a private matter. In general, he thinks that religion has no place in the public realm and has said that he would like to see Denmark become “a secular country,” which would require a constitutional change to disestablish the national Lutheran Church…

But Khader and his supporters have promised to put different values at the center of Danish politics. They talk of an open and progressive approach to globalization, including tough but fair treatment of asylum seekers and immigrants, lower taxes, and welfare state reform. They also denounce the Rasmussen government for failing to distance itself from racist remarks made by Søren Krarup and Jesper Langballe, cousins and both former pastors in the Lutheran Church who were elected to Parliament from the DPP. Krarup recently said that there was no difference between the Muslim head scarf and the Nazi Iron Cross…

Khader and his colleagues went on a tour of the Danish provinces in mid May. The citizens of my hometown, Horsens, a red-brick provincial city of farmers and farmers’ descendants, treated Khader and his colleagues as liberators when they went for a stroll through throngs of shoppers. New parties are rarely successful in Denmark, but in this case it looks like a groundswell.

The coming demise of the Blair-Bush era puts Rasmussen in a tricky position. His handling of the cartoon crisis, let alone the Iraq war, has come back to haunt him. Recently, Rasmussen announced that he would be happy to form a government with Khader’s party after the next election, which is now likely to be brought up. The Danish People’s Party has provided Rasmussen with his required parliamentary majority since 2001, and during the cartoon crisis the DPP stood to gain 10 seats and become the country’s second-largest party. It’s chair, Pia Kjaersgaard, has set the tone in Danish politics over the past two elections.

But Khader’s party presents an opportunity for a new majority and an end to Kjaersgaard’s influence over government policies. When asked if her party would contemplate a coalition with Khader’s own, Kjaersgaard’s answer was “No, no, no. They are the antithesis of everything we stand for.” That is good news to many in Denmark, as it should be to the rest of Europe and beyond.

For god ordens skyld. Når Jytte Klausen fortæller om “500 Iraqis who had served as translators for coalition forces”, så forveksler hun 19 irakiske tolke med 500 afviste asylansøgere – to ‘historier’ fra marts. Selvom Irak-krigen er et fikspunkt for hende, så ved hun ikke – eller undrer sig ikke over at 500 danske soldater har behov for 500 lokale tolke. Hvad ved hun egentlig.

13 Comments »

  1. Jytte Klausen har det meget svært med Danmark og Danskerne, og har vel efterhånden gjort det til en vane at svine os til. Jeg så et interview med hende på BBC World under Muhammed-‘krisen’, og der lagde hun ikke fingrene imellem når det kom til direkte løgne og fordrejninger om Danmark. Men som Kim Møller skriver: “Hvad ved hun egentlig ?”.

    Kommentar by JensH — 30. maj 2007 @ 17:10

  2. Jeg troede, at titlen som “akademiker” krævede et vist intellektuelt niveau, en vis viden og en vis ærlighed. Men Jytte Klausen beviser, at det absolut ikke er nogen nødvendighed, hvis man skal gøre karriere i USA (hvad vil de dog med hende) og som medie-kæledægge. Hvoraf kommer dog dette blinde, frådende og dæmoniserende had, “de progressive” nærer til den siddende regering og til DF? Lad mig høre nogle bud. Eller skal vi over i den psykiatriske terminologi for at finde forklaringer, for regeringens reelle politik – eller DF’s for den sags skyld – er jo objektivt set ikke særligt “ekstrem”. I hovedtrækkene tilslutter 80-90 procent af befolkningen sig jo den udskældte udlændingepolitik.

    Kommentar by polinos — 30. maj 2007 @ 17:14

  3. “Krarup recently said that there was no difference between the Muslim head scarf and the Nazi Iron Cross…”

    Og hun fortsætter med at demonstrere med al tydelig klarhed, at hun ikke aner hvad hun taler om. Det var jo ikke jernkorset Krarup talte om. Jernkorset, “das Eisener Kreuz”, som soldaterne traditionelt skar ud af en dåse så snart det var blevet tildelt men ikke modtaget fysisk, er noget helt andet end svastika.

    Helt ærligt – hvor uvidende og uvederhæftig har man lov til at være som akademiker før det får konsekvenser? Det er efterhånden et plus at man ikke har en akademisk grad.

    Er der nogen der har Jytte Klausens mailadresse?

    Kommentar by PeterK — 30. maj 2007 @ 17:50

  4. Pr. efterspørgsel: klausen@brandeis.edu

    Hendes hjemmeside på Brandeis Universitys hjemmeside: http://www.brandeis.edu/facguide/faculty.php?emplid=8cfea83c0a70191751f1d16c96473b7b795d7e0a

    Henrik

    Kommentar by Henrik Krog — 30. maj 2007 @ 17:57

  5. “Khader is in many respects a typical immigrant ”

    Den lader vi lige stå et øjeblik…….

    Kommentar by JensH — 30. maj 2007 @ 18:04

  6. -> #3 PeterK

    Jeg tror det er: klausen@brandeis.edu

    Jeg fandt addressen på følgende hjemmeside:

    http://www.brandeis.edu/facguide/faculty.php?emplid=8cfea83c0a70191751f1d16c96473b7b795d7e0a

    Såvidt jeg kan se på billedet er det hende.

    Kommentar by JensH — 30. maj 2007 @ 18:09

  7. Fra Brandeis’ website: “Brandeis was founded in 1948 as a nonsectarian university under the sponsorship of the American Jewish community […]”

    Kommentar by Thomas — 30. maj 2007 @ 18:46

  8. Undskyld, er 30 % af hendes “irakiske tolke” ikke kurdere ?

    Kommentar by steen — 30. maj 2007 @ 19:28

  9. Det er spørgsmålet. Iflg den irakiske ambassade i Stockholm er massevis af folk, der påstår at være fra Irak ikke irakere:

    http://e-avis.avisen.dk/index.php?s=394&p=6333
    http://www.aftenposten.no/nyheter/iriks/article1610107.ece

    Læg dertil, at selv blandt dem der er irakere er ifølge FN 88% ikke flygtninge, men folk der har forladt Irak for at få arbejde, få en uddannelse osv (Iraq Living Conditions Survey 2004).

    Henrik

    Kommentar by Henrik Krog — 30. maj 2007 @ 20:53

  10. I artiklens kommentarfunktion på salon.com får Jytte Klausen læsterlige tæsk. Amerikanerne har tilsyneladende gennemskuet, at hun blot er en af de danskere, der nyder at svine sit land og folk til.

    The Dane-hating Dane returns:
    “Klausen is always too much of a coward to come out openly against free speech in this or her execrable [=afskyelige] article from last year. I think the Salonista crowd nodding with her should consider the disturbing implication of a professor against free expression.”

    Kommentar by S — 30. maj 2007 @ 21:33

  11. Alene at hun kan forveksle jernkorset, som den tyske hær stadig bruger, og hagekorset burde sådan set sige det hele.

    –>Polinos
    Det kræver ikke noget intellektuelt niveau at være akademiker blot troen på den rette lære og selvfølgelig evner udi sofisteri.

    Kommentar by Jacob — 31. maj 2007 @ 00:38

  12. –>polinos
    Der er faktisk en psykiatrisk definetion på et urationelt had til George Bush kaldet “Bush Derangement Syndrom” eller BDS.

    Kommentar by Jacob — 31. maj 2007 @ 00:41

  13. -> Jacob.
    Jeg frygter, at din karakteristik af dagens akademikere et langt stykke hen ad vejen er den beklagelige sandhed. Er det intellektuelle niveaus forfald mon ikke en følge af et masseuddannelses-system, der producerer konformitet og “korrekthed” ud fra den laveste fællesnævner.

    Kommentar by polinos — 31. maj 2007 @ 09:56

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