In today’s Politiken we are told that several people have been arrested for threats against “Dansk Folkepartis formand, Pia Kjærsgaard“, that is the ring leader of the fascistic, ultra right-wing, Islamophobic and generally xenophobic and racist, socalled Danish People’s Party. The first article tells no more than that, but soon others were to follow.
It is now declared that the five people arrested are supposed to have a Somalian background and that threatening a hate speaker is a threat to democracy. “If you threaten an elected politician you threaten all the people who voted for them”, says an appeaser of the Conservative Party, while the Prime Minister, also in dire need of some popularity, calls the threats “totally unacceptable“. (EDIT: It has now been stated that one of the Somalians is a “self-taught imam” another is a director of a bank, allegedly with connections to al-Hikmah, that in turn relates to a school in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, called Ibnu Baz Islamic Center, and that “some of the school’s youth are suspected of having joined Hisbul Islam og al-Shabaab“).
Although colonos are not in favour of threatening people, we are also not in any possible way surprised: When you threaten an entire religion and way of life, then you threaten – or at least insult – all of those people who identify with that religion and way of life. How difficult can it be to understand that? Moreover, the vice-president of the party’s youth organisation, a local council member, has just been excluded for violent threats against named Danish individuals who are said to collaborate with legal muslim activities, such as the building of a mosque. In this case, the party does not deem it relevant to report the threat to the police – “they leave such doing to others“?!?
Of course the fascists are used to threats (which is why hateful Pia K. has tight security) and her party curiously also reported this threat themselves, which the Police’s Intelligence Service (PET) is now investigating and which the police on Politiken.TV states cannot be confirmed by any evidence – upon which the suspects have been released. They party received a tip about the threat – sent anonymously in an English language letter to the party itself, according to its media spokesperson, who also stated that the letter read that there was a price on Pia K’s head – 500.000 DKR, less than 60.000 English Pounds. The police will not comment on the on-going investigation, but “generally state” that they have no knowledge of a price on her head and they do not know whether the specific threat is real and they also make it clear that they found no evidence of anything related when dozens of them violently kicked the doors in and searched the five Somalians’ homes.
The suggestion is obvious – as is now counter-claimed by a spokesperson of Somalian organisations – it is a populist media stunt to gain further support for Dansk Folkeparti’s crusade. Meanwhile the leader herself, who is continuously and severely criticised for her dictatorial leadership style, total control and self-referential command, says that “she will not change“. We can thus easily imagine what kind of country, what kind of democracy it is that Pia K. and her fascistic friends and followers (some of whom claim to follow her in fear!) have in mind for Denmark and the world as such.
The obvious question, then, keeping in mind the debates about appeasing Hitler with which many will be familiar, the question is what kind of democracy it is that is threatened when you threaten a fascist dictator, such as Pia K., recalling that her own party members call her a dictator and knowing that she spouts anti-islamic hate speech all the time? Can you threaten democracy by threatening a threat to democracy?
While we do not endorse assassinations of politicians (which, incidentally, the entire political establishment seem to do, when it comes to poor countries with rich resources), nor do we endorse threats to their lives, or any other form of violence that springs from religious lunacy and self-righteousness, it is certainly obvious that someone like Pia K. has cast the first stone and actually is the one who constitutes a threat to society’s freedoms. Indeed, her speech acts – and those of the backwards, medieval crusading Christian priests in her party, are themselves of a religious and self-righteous kind that structurally inflict violence upon others. With her we have no sympathy – and in the Danish “children’s game” of politics (as the Prime Minister’s spin doctor recently called the circus of Danes that she on Facebook admits to despise) she really does deserve to be held accountable for her actions.
However, this is most likely an act of spin, once again, to throw petrol on the fire she herself has started. If Danish politicians had any decency – AT ALL – it is precisely in moments like this that they should distance themselves from Dansk Folkeparti and their dictator, rather than uncritically support her in the name of the democracy that she is in fact an enemy of. Yes, it is not a good thing to threaten people, but after all she asked for it and constitutes a threat to the country’s freedom. Finally, how come you never hear anything about threats to left-wing politicians?