Tuesday, February 21, 2006

"Let's be sure we haven't hurt the vandals' feelings."

Christopher Hitchens is sharp on Slate, per usual, this time about our lack of support for Denmark during the recent uproar about cartoons. His final paragraph suggests a course of action:
And there remains the question of Denmark: a small democracy, which resisted Hitler bravely and protected its Jews as well as itself. Denmark is a fellow member of NATO and a country that sends its soldiers to help in the defense and reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan. And what is its reward from Washington? Not a word of solidarity, but instead some creepy words of apology to those who have attacked its freedom, its trade, its citizens, and its embassies. For shame. Surely here is a case that can be taken up by those who worry that America is too casual and arrogant with its allies. I feel terrible that I have taken so long to get around to this, but I wonder if anyone might feel like joining me in gathering outside the Danish Embassy in Washington, in a quiet and composed manner, to affirm some elementary friendship. Those who like the idea might contact me at christopher.hitchens@yahoo.com, and those who live in other cities with Danish consulates might wish to initiate a stand for decency on their own account.
In Seattle, The Stranger's Dan Savage, who's been great about the cartoon controversy, wonders if there's an embassy in his city. I suppose New York has one, but I like D.C., and haven't been there in a while. Maybe I'll drop Hitchens a line.


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