Sunday, April 02, 2006

Their masters' voices - but where is the Danish foreign secretary?

The sworn brothers and sisters of the great Christian crusade to liberate Iraq, Rice and Straw, are on a surprise visit to Baghdad on April 2nd to oust Ibrahim al-Jaafari from the premiership. They are going to urge the Iraqis to form a government of a supposedly "non-sectarian" character.

The day before they were met with British anti-war protesters when they had a summit meeting together at Jack Straw's private home in England.

Their mission in Iraq shows how desperate the war coalition are becoming. Resistance to the war is growing in coalition countries. They may put pressure on Iraqui politicians in Baghdad, but will probably achieve very little towards altering the puppet regime. Nor will it stop the rising wave of sectarian violence.

The meeting of the two foreign ministers is a clear indication of who're running the show? What about Per Stig Moller, the Danish foreign secretary, - why was he not invited to Straw's home and the week-end excursion to Baghdad? What has been the role of the Danes in Iraq?

The Danes have been allowed by the masters to turn their military expedition into a kind of "international social work", a department of international development assistance project. - And that is clearly the way the Danes want to see themselves. This has become the cherished justification for sending Danish troops to Iraq. The Danish parliament voted for war on March 19 2003, thereby making a drastic u-turn in Danish foreign policy. For what? Was i just the call of the master in Washington that inspired this act? Perhaps it cal also be explained by the interests of big business in Denmark, business interests that are aligned with the Anglo-American businesses.

Even though Per Stig was not invited to Baghdad on the weekend excursion, Danish participation in the war is valuable to the Americans. It has no military relevance. It is all propaganda. The Danes help to give legitimacy to the war project. In the battle of "Old Europe" versus "New Europe", the Danish ally was important. It was stressed by George W. Bush when he visited Denmark in July 2005, just before the G8 meeting in Scotland. It was with some triumph he could emphasize the fact that not all Europeans were against him.


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