There has been a lot of discussion about the aim and the purpose of the foreign policy of the Obama administration. Mr. Trump says, at one hand, that it is absolutely without aim, at the other hand the EU administration has just admitted that the policies are much deeper and better than their own!
Well, one cannot be true without the other.
I am not the only one Mr. Obama listens to, there are others, so it is not only my advice that has been heeded. But in the Arab spring Obama and I were pretty much inseparable, and the idea behind the fight against IS were strategic considerations that we both agreed on.
Many people see Obama as against Israel, this is absolutely and totally wrong, he just believes in the same values as the liberal camp in Israel. He wants peace, and to his credit you must be open to the fact, that Obama has never really engaged in the fights between the Gazans and Israel, giving Israel a wide berth here. If he had supported the Palestinians more, the last intifada (that with the bombs) would have been devastating.
He has held on to the idea, that the peace process should be met at the source. This was the entire idea behind making peace with Iran.
If you zoom out a bit, you will find the basic fight that we are in right now; the reclaiming of Western values.
What is so terrible about IS? It is the fact that they hate democracy, and love the caliphate. So the fight against them is much more than just a fight against terror, it is at the same time, a fight for our own values.
And this is what it basically all about; the reclaiming of our own values.
In a world where western interest are threatened and we are loosing ground, we should both put up an ideological as well as a physical defence.
That is crux of the strategies that I have made, and that has influenced Barack a lot; the rise of the West again.
So we have defined the enemy; the Islamic State, and has put together a wide alliance behind it. It has been so strong, that the problems we have had with Russia, that could have developed into a third world war, was eased out by the fact, that we are kin, and we are fighting for the same basic ideas.
The world according to Samuel Huntington is a world where civilisations fight, and we have sought to strengthen our own civilisation, and we have failed in some areas, but also won a lot. Egypt is now a democracy, we have brought momentary peace to Israel, we have changed the mindset of the Europeans, we have forged a friendship with Russia that was extremely important in the wake of the last crisis.
All in all, we are poised for a comeback as a civilisation, if the next president knows how to play his cards wisely.
Not to mention that we have done all this while saving money and making jobs.
G-d bless the United States of America.
To develop the world, the world needs to have peace. Otherwise most of the ressources and the ability to invest in the betterment of humanity is forfeit.
It is like a lake, if there is war, the ressources are sucked up, the dams breached will take away water. If there is peace, the dams will hold, and the lake will swell, full of water.
So plugging the holes of the dam, will give prosperity. In this way, peace and prosperity are two sides of the same coin.
Now, that may be simple, but the actual peace making is extremely difficult. It all comes down to inspiring the world to do good. Usually enemies portray their enemies as evil. This is wrong, enemies are not inherently evil, they are just in disagreement of how things should be run.
We in the West believe that freedom, democracy and humanism are good things. There are other that have competing systems. That is the way it is with human beings. We all believe our model is the best.
So peace comes from looking at the systems at hand, and find the good elements in them.
Like democracy. There are good and bad things about democracy, so we need to inspire people to do the good things. If the bureaucracy starts corrupting and hiding things, making things intransperent, then we are dealing with the bad elements of democracy. If you have the freedom to act, you need a high ethical standard.
We have to remember this, when we search for peace in the Middle East. There are a number of competing systems there, and we need to align the good virtues of each system towards each other to create a positive flow.
This is difficult, and will require both patience and persistence two work. There are no easy fixes.
We have come far, by focusing on the sources of the conflict between Israel and “Palestine”. Making peace with Egypt and the rest of the Sunni Arab countries. (Egypt is originally not Arab, but Egyptian, but they are allied).
We can do the same with Iran, I know people are against it. But so far, we have not had any atomic bombs over Tel Aviv. We should not be stupid, but if there is an opportunity for peace, we should take it.
This is how Israel should act; as a peace maker.
G-d bless Israel.
I think that the US must be the most reluctant empiremaker ever. I mean, it is as though the different candidates in the election almost fight over how to NOT be an empire. This is truly the greatest strenght of the US. The clean ethical view on power. Power is not to opress, but to be used for good. I think this is also the part of the weakness, because recently we have seen a few instances of disengagements, where engagement would have been better. Especially in Libya, we should have gone in there and helped rebuild the country. That was a mistake in my mind.
But, the strenght of the fact, that the US does not wish to impose its agenda on everybody, but is happy with the fact, that it can provide some progress and momentum for its own citizens is, to my mind a great boon to the world. It was what, at the end of the day, that stopped the Ukraine crisis from developing into a third world war. Off cause, mr. Putin never wanted the war either, so there were two parts not to really want war.
If you compare this to almost any other emperical power in history, it is truly unique. Just look at how the Chinese treats Africa. It is with contempt, the US has never treated Africa with contempt.
I know that there has been some bad blood in South America, but apart from that, the US has its hands, more or less clean.
I hope, that it continues in this way, that foreign involment has an ideological or protective motive, not a tyrannical motive.
G-d bless The United States of America.
If you want to fight, you have to be prepared to get hit from time to time, that is the way with fighting.
This is especially true with the renaissance of the Anglican church. You get a new message from here, another hit from there, but as when you do a pilgrimage, the difficulties of the walk should never stop you, but make you keep going.
At the end of the day, it is a matter of faith, you are always tried by fortitude, by evil, by all kinds of difficulties.
Yet, as a new mountain appears as a mirage at the end of the road, you just need to pray, get up and find a way over, beneath or around that mountain. There will another mountain to climb when you have climbed the mountain in front of you, but that is the way with work for spirit. It is a never-ending, continuous striving for at better world, and the strange thing is, you never find the end. It is just a road you have to travel.
Sometimes you meet someone on your pilgrimage, and you gather your wits and start a conversation with that person. This is your boons and your nourishment, to find companions along the road.
Sometimes, no, always in my experience, the companions you find on your road, will be there with you all along, and as you travel father and father, the torrent of people you meet on your way will swell.
If you are truly a good person, the persons that will accompany you will be fellows in that same spirit.
So there will be downfalls, and dark days, but do not falter in you belief, because spirit will always be there to support you, and help you find your way. Because that is what G-d is; a helper, a friend and a crutch when you need it.
Praised be Amun.
It is difficult for Europe to hedge its bets in this time of destruction and insecurity.
Germany has, lastly caught up with the new trends of Europe, and has had its very own islamic-critic party. The Afd. well, I do not do mudfests, and I refuse to start throwing ridicules and be the one pointing fingers. As Christians may remember, a lot of people pointed fingers at Jesus, and as Jews remember people did not like Moses much, let alone Mohammad.
This is the way it is, if things Change, people do not like it.
I understand, that the problems that confronts Germany are very difficult, especially considering the influx of migrants and refugees, that creates a lot of problems in Germany right now.
Ms. Merkel is trying to balance the scales in a situation where Germany has to cope with its history as murdering a lot of Jews, and at the same time making sure that the security of the land is working.
Right now, the dilemma seems to tear Germany apart.
There is a short term solution, and a long term solution.
First of all, take it easy. Do not panic, look at the situation, plan ahead and be careful not to lose the initiative.
Germany has the problem, that it is too strong lying there in the middle of Europe. So the minor states and other stronger states around it are vary about its course.
But, look at the way the world has changed these last ten to twenty years. Before the internet revolution, we had absolutely no idea about the ideas and history of the Middle East, even though it lies a mere stonethrow away! Imagine that. We were still, mentally, living in a time where the only transportation was boat and slow moving vehicles.
The US has been good at understanding the new reality, and is acting accordingly. But Europe, mired in its self-pity and inaction, simply has just done….nothing.
What we need to do now, is catch up. Look at our options and act accordingly.
We are not the rulers of the world anymore, that is over, and that is ok. We are living in a multipolar world. Where there are several powers. There is China, the Brics countries, India, Russia, the Middle East and so on. We need to get used to the new situation, and plan from there.
There is no shame in admitting that we are not the rulers of the world anymore, that is just the way it is. And honestly, would we like to be the rulers of the world again? No, why should we? We can be contempt in trying to develop our own world, and strengthening our own ways of doing things. To contribute to a peaceful and humanistic earth.
But in order to do that, we need to get out of that post colonial hangover, and start using our own strengths to our advantage. What are they?
First of all, it is a world class intellectual world. We have the best thinkers, period.
This asset is an asset that, potentially, can bring us back on the world stage as leaders in political, metaphysical and peace bringing theory.
Note that this strength is not a offensive strength, but rather a strength that will give us friends and not enemies.
This is also the strength that will save us in the current situation, the solutions we can find, can solve the problems, without us getting into conflict with the human rights and so on.
So we need to take a fresh look on the situation, define the positive aims we want to have. What is it we want to contribute with? How can we help our neighbours? How can we contribute solving some of the problems of the world?
At the same time, we need to solve the problems we face right now with migration.
As I have said, let us do within the limits of the Human Rights charter, and do it progressively. We should act, but with respect to our allies, our friends around the world, and most importantly, to protect our citizens. This being the main task.
G-d bless the light we must follow, and the peace we can contribute making.
I have, together with Obama, had a tremendous succes in the Middle East. The tactic; to focus on the sources of the conflict between Israel and the rest of the Middle East instead of focusing on the proxies; the Palestinians or whatever they are called, has really pulled of.
As of now Israel is hedging its bets with both Saudi Arabia and Egypt. If mr. Netanyahu had been a bit more trusting on Iran, we could have come somewhere with them as well.
I understand, animosity and so on. But we are the Chosen people, and we should not act as local power players, but rather as a moral player, as we are, right?
Now mr. Netanyahu and I are not always on the same page, but I love that man anyway, and do really respect his judgement.
But, be as it may, what is really the process behind these success?
First of all, I am not so self-indulgent, that I believe that is either my doing or Baracks for that matter. We are just tools in a process. Perhaps we are tools of spirit, but perhaps we are just there as a part of a development. The expression of a culture that evolves around certain principles.
Now, what I have been thinking about in the process, is, why really? What is it in the process, that gives us the ability to make peace where no-one else have succeeded?
I believe it is because as Zionist there is a piece that is missing. When Israel was originally founded by Herzl, it was a historic and democratic union of Jews. The state of the Jews, all Jews, and rested on a republican basis. There where some Cabalists that secretly tried to see Israel as a vehicle for peace, we still do. But this was only as private individuals.
The central western democratic blueprint Israel was formed on lacked something that was in existence in Denmark. Denmark is very, very similar to Israel in its construction, but we have one thing that differs; we are based on a historic understanding of the Danish Folk. The Danish people. The great Grundtvig being the master behind this construction. This has given us a historic awareness, and a cohesive disposition towards our neighbours. Instead of representing a state, we represent the Danish People.
Being the Chosen people as Jews, meeting our neighbours as what we are, instead of just a system, makes things much more down to earth, and also makes our neighbours feel they know us more. They know us as a people, not as a state, and if we behave like a people, and respect our neighbours as other peoples, things seem to fall in the right holes.
The Middle East is a very, very proud place. It is the cradle of human civilisation, and every people there remembers, with pride their contribution, even though the rest of the world has forgotten.
If we remember our own history, that is interwoven with our neighbours, we have common ground, and common projects to work with.
And as the Chosen people, there is one mission that will elevate us to where we should be, and that is the fight for G-d. That he may live again. If we do that, we will be friends with our neighbours.
G-d bless Israel.
Now there seems to be a bit of fashion in businessmen going into politics. We have mr. Naftali Bennet in Israel, and mr. Donald Trump in the US.
Both people most do not like much (mr. Bennet, as a Jew is not liked in the world, though we Jews off cause like him), and mr. Trump is getting a little more popular, but still has a long way to go to be accepted.
Now, this is not to help in the American election, it struck me because as a Zionist I read about the generation of Israelies, that boomed in the dot com time, and is trying to cope with the hard wrenched IT world, and politics.
I have a similar background, I started as a project leader in IT, and shifted after some years to politics and philosophy.
So perhaps my experience can be of a little use.
The reason why I quit the IT business, was because of a moral drive. In IT there is a lot of corruption and a lot of easy money made. After some years learning the ins and outs of that business, I quit it because in a world, you need to stay moral. You need to stay a moral person.
After that I became a teacher and then a philosopher.
That is really the link, as I see it, from business to politics. You need to have a mission, a moral mission. I know that people often despise politicians for being driven by the system. That is true, there are a lot of politicians that are more bureaucrats than politicians. But the good politicians are there to change the world to something better.
It may sound quite silly and obvious, but the truth of the matter is, that as you are grinded down in the political machine, you often lose the ideas as to why you started out. Why you began in the first place. Because you need money and you start doing deals to get something done.
That is natural, but as power corrupts, politics corrupts too. What you therefor need, according to the Romans, is a solid character. Something stoically indestructible. Some higher aspirations. It can be the quest for freedom, solidarity, justice or brotherhood of man. But you need to cling on to those values and virtues.
This is not to be condescending. I do not judge anyone. Just as a afterthought to the mechanics of politics in relation to business.
In business what you need is a fierce will, fighting skills and the ability to understand and analyse markets, competitors and the general layout of the world.
This you also need in politics. But you need something more, you need knowledge of two things; political philosophy and history. The first to get deep into the whereabouts of virtues, the second to avoid doing the same mistakes as leaders before you.
If you want to be smart, you need knowledge. Because you can only know your steps forward, if you know the general layout of the market, and in politics, politics is the market.
G-d bless the wisdom of the Romans.
Getting back on the world scene, will be a little taxing for Europe.
We have been sailing around in our own misery after the second world war, and a lot of self-pity put in as well.
It is time we suit up, get realistic about the challenges we meet, and start investing our ressources in security. Both domestic as well as international.
First of all, we need to clean up our own systems. Eastern Europe has already done this after the fall of the iron curtain, but in Western Europe, there are still numerous (ageing) KGB personnel sitting in vital positions in the state apparatus, including media, education, and culture. These traitors are now helping the islamists setting up shop.
So it is really a two pronged war that we need to face. First take all the ancient KGB agents, and the islamists.
After that we will see what is really left of the states.
But, if we succeed, and in some areas we will, then it is on to the next step, and that is playing a role in the international powerplay.
We have the ressources, but we have, mired in our own self loathing, not done anything about it.
But, first of all. Playing with Turkey, puts us on the wrong side of the conflicts in the Middle East. Turkey is one of the main sponsors of IS, and is in real trouble with the other Sunni powers, that is Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Add to this an animosity with Russia, we simply cannot put all our eggs in that basket.
I know we have bought som reprive from the refugee pressure by dealing with Turkey, but it comes at a steep price, and the refugees/migrants will just find new routes. Right now they are going through Libya instead.
We need to strengthen our borders, and start making deals with the countries they come from, so that economic migrants can be send back to their original countries, and we can put up some serious help for the true refugees.
So, invest in security, start cleaning up our states for moles, agents, and other enemies of the state. Put up borders, and start making some real deals with; Eritrea, Pakistan, Afghanistan and so on.
Probably they are unwilling, but we need to find a way. We need to move, as of now.
G-d bless the vision of peace we have to find.
When we fight for G-d, we must remember what G-d really is; he is love. When the result of our struggle is less love in-between the living things of mother earth, then we do not fight for G-d. It is only when the result of our actions are love, that we do good.
But then again, this is not easy, because what often seem crystal clear in its moral content, are, more often than not, the exact opposite.
Plato describes, in his famous cave allegory, the workings of truth. In the cave there are many people who pretend to shine truth, but do not. The truth is often very difficult to project to people, and most often people do not like the truth of the matter.
Redemption however lies in accepting and working for truth, even though it will cost you. This is true martyrdom; to spread truth where truth is not found, and do this in the interest of spirit.
In Europe right now, there is very little truth in anything, because we have had a long period of stale peace. The peace of the cold war came at the cost of the truth. What was paraded as truth was only lies and deception.
So to wheel the European discourse back to truth is extremely difficult, we have forty years of lies to counter.
Add to this the problem, that the European Union is almost falling, we have a situation that will most probably lead to some really nasty scenarios. The infighting between the citizens and noncitizen may just evolve into an all out civilwar. The vikings are arming themselves, and the migrants have absolutely no idea what they are facing. This could turn very very ugly.
Therefor, the political system must go on a cold turkey. That is stop the illusions of peace and tolerance with no controlling of the conflict. There has to be control, and it has to be on the right moral basis. That is of Democracy and human rights.
As long as the vikings do fight within the bounds of the state, we cannot touch them. At the same time, it is high time we face the fact that we are infiltrated from top to bottom, and do something about it.
We need also to support the liberal and emancipating strands within the migrant community. Women who are trying to liberate themselves, courageous freedom fighters and other people who wish the support the liberal cause.
It is just like Libya, there are many democratic forces within the muslim community. But we need to support them, wholeheartedly for them to thrive. And we need to fight the islamists wholeheartedly as well.
This is, unfortunately, the consequence of being unvigilant for a long time. We need to wheel in the conflicts that has been laying dormant, and solve them.
G-d bless the peace we are fighting for.
While we in the West are so busy pointing fingers on mr. Putin, I believe that we are overlooking some of the amazing things this great country is doing. I know, that we are in a conflict with Russia in Ukraine, but I also think, that we have not understood the true restraint that mr. Putin has showed. He could have bulldozed his way in, instead he has sought to support covertly. This in an area where Russian interest are very much on the line.
While we focus on Ukraine, we do not see some of the astounding successes he has made in Syria, the liberation of Palmyra, the relief of Assad, that is a long life supporter of Iran, but is a democratically turned westerner in many ways.
What really gets me, is when we do not recognise the true heroism of Russian men at arms. As when Aleksandr Prokhorenko called in air support, ON HIMSELF! That must have taken some real guts. Instead of getting caught, he wheeled in an attack that not only got himself killed but a lot of the enemies as well.
We owe it to the Russians, that they are fighting good in this scenario.
I believe we have a common enemy in the islamists, that we should continue fighting.
And a way of that, is to recognise their true heroes.
G-d bless serviceman Aleksandr Prokhorenko, may he rest in peace, and may his sacrifice not be forgotten.
So the American election is underway, and so far I have not really done anything in it. I believe, that whoever gets to be president should do it because they had it in them, not because I helped them.
I helped Barack in his second term, because we were working on something, that needed to be finished, and because we are friends, and friends help each other out, if they are in a bad spot.
Really, I believe in all the candidates, each have a lot of qualities, and I will not be the one to point fingers. There is only one thing that I really am against, I will not support a president that supports torture. That is not in anyones interest, and honestly that should be below us. Fighting smart is not torturing people, that is fighting dirty, and you do not win wars by going dirty in these open, social media times.
My agenda, is to bring peace and prosperity to the descendants of the vikings, that is my job. That does not mean, that I am not all in on race equality, or whatever you call it, being a man of North has nothing to do with your skin colour.
But apart from that, I believe it important to support family, community life, religion in a positive form and freedom of democracy.
Being a Jew, Israel holds a speciel place for me as well.
G-d bless the peace we will win, if we are stubborn enough.
We are discussing the deteroritation of the security of Europe, that is, honestly absurd. How did it come to this?
To understand this, we have to see it in a historical light. In the cold war, the psy op laboratories of the Soviet Union cooked up some pretty nasty schemes. Being devoid of hard currency and having little ressources to work with, the Communists were forced to work with infiltration, seduction, demoralisation of enemy and so on.
They were really good at it. In fact, they ruled the world by it, using methods that really worked, but destroyed the target societies in the process. The corruption, the destruction of faith, the deteoriation of families, the destruction of patriotism was devastating for many countries.
In this situation it is the job of the national security apparatus to counter the threat.
The problem was, they never did such a thing. In fact, they looked the other way as KGB infiltrated media, cultural life, politics and so on.
A good example here in Denmark is the documentarist Jacob Holdt, who made himself a name i the seventies as a criticiser of the US. His “American Pictures” depicts the US as a racist, misogenetic, evil society. Just the angle the KGB wanted. He was sponsored by a man in a newspaper called “Information”, most probably another KGB agent.
This is against the law, but the police did nothing.
And so Denmark was infiltrated on all levels. The Socialdemocrats (the Democrats) were, most probably, infiltrated. The now leader of the UN Mogens Lykketoft being the standard bearer. This is based on the fact, that Dragsdahl, the journalist that boosted the anti american documentarist, was and is a dear friend of the UN high commissioner.
If a society that has been worked by the KGB is then confronted with another player, the islamists, who have been learning a bit of the KGB when it comes to cold war methods, then we have a problem, Houston!
As the Communists, the islamist have been trying to infiltrate the target societies. On the surface you see them as guards in the airport, as workers in the atomic plants. But behind the scene, they are artists, politicians, academics, mediapersons, and the works.
So to truly tackle the problem, we have to touch on the basis of it; the lack of muscle of the national security to tackle the infiltration.
They simply cannot do it, due of inefficiency, low intelligence, and just a general low level of professionalism.
But the worst problem really is not that they are stupid and inefficient, it is their lack of patriotism. A national security body should put their nation, and the national security at their heart. But we never hear them tuting the freedom of Denmark, or the security of the citizens. We however, repeatedly hear the tuting the good friendship they have with the enemies of the state.
So they end up persecuting the patriotic artists, and helping the enemy.
That is the truth.
To turn this situation around, you need to scrap most of the leaders of that security body, find some who are actually taking the job at hand serious. And find, if there is any, a policeman for whom national security makes sense.
G-d bless the will to find peace in this abominal mess.
We have come to a place in the history of Europe, where we are at a pivotal point, as in the battles of Tours or at the battle of Vienna. We either start fighting the jihadis, or they will win. The softhearted, willy nilly, rehab thinking has to stop. I mean it, not just yesterday or the day before, a year ago we should have realised what was going on, and started acting on it.
If we play this game wisely enough though, there are possibilities. The EU will probably fall, but that is a small consequence as to the fall of all Europe into darkness, chaos and decay.
Anyway, I believe the time for appeasement is over. We need to face the fact, that we are overrun, infiltrated, in harms way and in deep, deep problems.
First of all, one thing you need to do, and you need to do it for me and my friends, you need to free us.
My friends, most of them living under the pressure of not only the islamists, but also the state are, rebels, intelligent, goodhearted, honest people of the highest integrity. This I say, and will swear on, from the bottom of my heart, at the price of my entire career. We have Helle Merete Brix, a simple, intelligent and courageous woman, who has braved through an attack, not bowing to the pressure. We have Lars Vilks, the most gifted painter of Sweden, so illustrious, intelligent and strong you would bow to his mere ideas. You have my best friend Uwe Max Jensen, whom I have supported and been supported by for seven years. Through darkness and joy, through pain and good fortune. People so morally infused, that we all bang heads from time to time.
Anyway, we are not the problem, we are the salvation of Europe. How will you ever succeed in surviving, if you do not support your heroes?
We are not talking about some neo nazi slurge, but free minded, democratic idealist with a humanistic worldview.
As of now, we are, half of us, persecuted by the state, and often not heard very much in the debate.
To counter the demoralisation, you need to put us up on pedestal. Tell our stories to the kids, acknowledge our selfless heroism, in the face of the fall of Europe.
We are your heroes, not your villains. We fight for your freedom, not your enslavement. Only if you realise this, and help us, will you win.
The days of being underground is over, we need to be mainstream.
This is not about my vanity, I life a fine live, except for the constant harassment, of the police. It is about faith in Change and Democracy that should be blasted out over the rooftops of the cities, the domes of the underground, the halls of learning.
It is time Europe should make a stand again, this time, for the right reasons, that of the freedom of Europe.
G-d bless the wisdom of our forefathers, as they fought for their freedom, we should fight for ours.
I have been embroiled in the danish debate, stupid as it sounds. The level is low, there is not much in the content, and the rest of the world has, more or less, passed it when it comes to renewing the international debate. The incredible push that mr. Anders Fogh made is all but over. Politics is stagnating, and nothing new comes.
So, I hope that you have had the good friendship to linger on here in Rubicon, and pass by from time to time. I will try and start it over again. A lot of my projects are losing steam, and we need to pick ip up where we left.
First of all, we need to understand, that alienating Russia at this point is both futile and extremely dangerous. Russia is the key to peace. Because China is building up its network of competition very fast, and it is weak, except from the fact, that Russia, which is extremely strong, that we saw in Syria, is protecting it.
So from a geostratetic point of view, losing Russia is to give the Chinese an upper hand, we do not need them to have.
In this area I think, mr. Obama has played things wisely trying to find a middle ground.
The great, difficult problem really is Ukraine. This festering sore is still not solved, and it creates all the consecutive pain. We still have a common goal in the Middle East, where Russian are fighting good against those bastards of the IS, but the problem of Ukraine needs to be solved.
I do not know if it is possible on this side of the presidential election, and hopefully a new president will rise to challenge and perhaps solve the problem.
It is not totally impossible, but difficult though.
This bleeds into the European theatre, that is ready to go bust. The IS is entrenched here, and might just blow up anytime. This may suck in American troops, and then we have a whole new situation. Being friends with mr. Putin is really important.
G-d bless the wisdom of the peacekeepers.
I am reading this magnificent book by Dan Brown (the author of The Da Vinci Code) called Deception point. It is about American Politics. And though I have been a integrated part of American politics for some time now, I have happily been without knowledge of how things are really run in D.C..
Ok, Dan Brown may not be the best source of truth, but it seems to me, that there is a bit of truth in the fact, that that race is as dirty as any political fight.
Politics is a old as civilisation. It started in fabled cities as Babylon and Eden, and it has been with us since. The pitfalls being the same; corrupt governments, chaos, too many dependent on public welthfare, crony capitalism and the like.
If you read the bible, you can have advice, as in the story about the tower of Babel. This story comes from a situation they must have had in Babylon. The fabled city with the hanging gardens. The megacity of the ancient orient was one of the first true republics. It had a government that was divided between judges, the layman and the king.
From this we learn, that one of the worst problems of Babylon was the mix of cultures. At a certain point, there were too many cultures in the city, and all hell broke loose. The central Ziggurat, that is the temple of Babylon, is depicted as a tower that was built too large (it is enormous, you can still see it today) but had no inner core.
A Republic needs an inner core, that all citizens adhere to, to function. That is what I wanted to talk about in relation to the American constitution and the current hoolabaloo.
When the US started, it started with a pack of rebels rebelling against the English crown. There was a momentous speech by Patrick Henry, where he claims, that he will rather die than lose his freedom.
“Give me liberty, or give me death!”, he exclaimed. That is the inner core of the United States of America. You have to remember that, to be yourself. You are rebels, and if you end up being custodians of an ever enlarging empire, you lose yourself.
That is why you like me, because as Henry, I have exclaimed the exact same words not in defiance of the English crown, goodness no! But in defiance of those islamists, who are here to put a mark on us, and kill us.
You remind us of who we are, and vice versa.
Look at that virtue; You do not know when you have it, but not having it, is the problem. It is in the lack of it, that you realise the value of it.
Remember that, when you look out of your citadels and build your gigantic machines of war, there was that little powerful yet frail man, who went, willingly to his death to save his liberty. You are his children, and that is what you are, if you want to be Americans. As we, in Denmark are the same, if we want to be Danes.
G-d bless the United States of America in friendship with the Danes.