Given the sad news of Australia’s election, the things going on in Denmark are a balm.
Wretchard, at the Belmont Club, was in an elegiac frame of mind when he posted on Australia’s future under the coming leadership by The Green Party. Can you say “Kyoto Treaty signing as soon as possible” or “bring home the troops, double time”? Those will the new policies, among many other unpleasantries. Wretchard’s gaze is unflinching:
In the end, Howard’s loss probably has to be put down to hubris. His margin over Labor and the Left was always much thinner than his oversized image seemed to indicate. His image was so oversized, in fact, that it probably kept a new generation of leaders from rising within his party. On the other hand, Labor ran through a succession of losers until they came to Rudd, who realized he had to run to the right of his predecessors. That cut away Howard’s already thin cushion. I guess he thought the old magic would pull him through. But tonight, the magic deserted him. Howard will probably lose even his own seat of Bennelong to a celebrity Labor candidate.
Most readers can probably make a fair guess of what might happen next. The chances are we’ll be looking at Kevin Rudd reprising Nancy Pelosi. The end of the Howard era may be a good thing in the end. Labor will ultimately provide the energy for its own downfall, as the Liberals (Howard’s party) did theirs.
But no one who has been through the wars that Wretchard has — and survived them — can fail to view these events sub specie aeternitas. He ponders how things take shape under the vast canopy woven by history. Thus, he ends his rumination on the ramifications of this sad turn for his adopted country with a philosophical shrug:
I’ve learned over time not to get too disappointed about anything. Looking back, I can remember the long fight against Marcos [W. is from the Philippines — D]. So long it seemed it would never end. Most of us can still recall how dim things seemed only a few months ago, not only looking toward Iraq but pretty much everywhere. But that was then; and this is now.
So in a little bit I’m going to go and swill down a beer and think of old times. The guys who missed dodging that last raindrop. The day no one got off the bus. And as for old John Howard, well, he had a good run.
And how can man die better
Than facing fearful odds,
For the ashes of his fathers,
And the temples of his Gods.
I admit, I was a bit teary by the end of his post. But then…but then… our Danish correspondent TB translated an article from today’s Jyllands-Posten and sent it to the Baron. I grabbed at this news the way you pull yourself up onto the life raft that suddenly appears amidst the large waves you’d somehow been dumped into.
TB’s translation is followed by his commentary:
Danish warship to fight against pirates- - - - - - - - -
The government is planning to use the warship Absalon in the UN mission against pirates on the Horn of Africa.
Information from Danmarks Radio [Danish National radio].
According to the chief in command of the Danish Navy the UN have asked for Danish assistance, and the navy’s plan is to offer the new and very big [“big” according to Danish measures; no carrier battle groups here - translator] warship as a command ship in a UN mission for half a year starting from August of next year.
The plan has to be approved in Christiansborg [Folktinget, the parliament], where the Social Democrats’ spokesman for foreign affairs, Mogens Lykketoft, states to the national Danish radio that he feels positive about the idea.
Absalon is 137 meters long, heavily armed, and equipped with the newest technology and electronics. On the mission to Africa the crew will consist of around 150 men.
Unofficially Denmark can join the battle against pirates already as of the new year. Sources tell Radioavisen that France has asked for Danish assistance - which should be understood as a thank-you for the contribution from France in connection with the freeing of the hostages from Danica White in August.
If the French request is honored, according to the sources of Radioavisen it is the navy’s plan to use the recon-ship Thetis [normally patrolling Greenland - translator] for the French mission, which is designated as an escort for UN ships transporting first-aid for Somalia.
“All countries in the world have an interest in getting rid of these pirates, but Denmark has not only an interest but also a responsibility, because of all our shipping companies who carry 10% of the world’s goods transported by sea. That’s why we in this new government resolution have written that we will fight this nuisance. We saw in connection with the Danica White that it is also traumatic to those who are affected directly. But in the end it is a political decision,” minister of defense Søren Gade says to Ritzau.
TB adds his own point of view to this news:
I can tell you that right now they are also discussing whether to deploy F16s and Special Forces in Afghanistan.
Soon there will be nobody but the Muslims left here in Denmark! Everybody else will be out there fighting the great fight.
Thinking about this news report, it seems to me that Denmark is evolving into part of the Anglosphere. It must be all that Danish DNA that was inserted into the English gene pool before there ever was an England. So Australia is overtaken by the greenies for the moment, but Denmark is leaving the port to take care of the pirates, just as the U.S. did in her very beginnings.
The shores of Tripoli beckon once more and good strong men answer the call.
Hat tip: madsvp