"HAPPY DENMARK " STICKING TO ITS GUNS
Danes are the happiest people on earth, 60 Minutes reports. That is the reason, Povl informs me, Danes are not going to remake their society to please the Islamist minority regardless of the ongoing rioting Morely Safer failed to mention. In the past 8 days, 379 fires had been lit, including 108 cars and 11 schools in 20 cities and towns. 30 persons were arrested.
In an address to the nation, Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen spoke firmly:
We have to stop saying that it's society's fault. We need to stress that it's the responsibility of the young people and their parents. . . .
I appeal to the young people to get an education, find a job, and I appeal to parents to get a hold on their children. . . .
This shouldn't affect the many, many young people from minority groups who want to make a positive contribution to Denmark.
Danish Muslims continue to eschew responsibility and demonstrate very little trust in the country and its institutions. Consequently, they dismiss the reports of the planned assassination as well as the effects of extremist slogans. BBC reports that Danish Muslims despair at portrayal :
"We were all punished by the printing of those pictures," says the imam in his sermon.
He is angry that none of the men accused of masterminding the plot are being put on trial - the Danish intelligence services say revealing their evidence would compromise their intelligence network.
Instead, they are expelling two of the suspects who do not have Danish citizenship and freeing the third who does.
"How does it make sense that a person who is trying to kill somebody is being arrested, charged, interrogated and then released and yet still we should feel that he's a terrorist?" asks Imran Hussein, who runs Network an advisory body for Muslim organizations in Denmark.
In other words, the Imam does not trust the intelligence services or care about the effect the death threats have on the cartoonists. Then their is the question of extremists parades:
"The Danish press should have learned from their previous mistakes and the only thing the Muslims are asking for is respect, nothing else".
Feisal says he cannot understand why the media keeps focusing on the idea that Muslims are trying to take their freedom of speech away from them. . . .
Hizb ut Tahrir in Denmark organized a protest against the reprinting of the cartoons.
Hundreds of demonstrators marched through the streets of Copenhagen shouting"God is Great!" and "Freedom of Speech is a plague!" Some Danes looked rather surprised.
Danes, the experts concluded are happy because they do not have high expectations. Having lived there I know that their egalitarian country is based on meticulous following of rules and regulations as well as very strong work ethics. If Muslims feel alienated, it is not only because Danes are tribal (which they are) but also because the most vocal of them seek to undermine the country's basic values and the rest fail to disavow them.
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