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6 May 2008

Made in Denmark

- joining illegal wars, plus the cartoons

Written early May 2008 - (71 lines)

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I have travelled for decades extensively
Without any real problems fortunately
Being Danish used to help me a lot
The friendly reception and assistance I got
Was amazing and touching and sometimes such
That I felt it was almost a little too much
The efforts were simply not deserved
That kind of treatment should be reserved
For visitors more important than me
But obviously many did not quite see
It the same way as I did, so carried on
Leaving me feeling guilty that so much was done

I always told people wherever I went
Sightseeing or climbing or pitching my tent
Assuming the locals could understand
That coming from a small unimportant land
Had advantages because it is not
Big enough to threaten anyone, so has got
To behave in a friendly and forthcoming way
To everyone else, come what may

That was the situation until recently
But look again - how wrong can you be!
Too insignificant to upset anyone?
Sweet little Denmark - now what you have done!

First it joined the Coalition of the Killing
The PM able and more than willing
To make Denmark participate in illegal wars
Of aggression with no justifiable cause
First Afghanistan and then Iraq
Both those adventures based on a pack
Of sheer fabrications as we now all know -
As if not enough, the highlight of the show:

Those dreadful drawings of the prophet of Islam
Causing violent protests and serious harm
To the interests of Denmark right across
The Islamic world, resulting in a loss
Of goodwill, prestige, business and trade -
The biggest blunders recently made!

Right from Morocco and Nigeria
Occupied Palestine and Syria
Iran, Afghanistan and Arabia
To Pakistan and Indonesia

Denmark suddenly on everybody's lips
Instant notoriety erupts and grips
Hundreds of millions of Muslims worldwide
No Nordic-looking person can hide
From the angry masses crowding the streets
No use here throwing handfuls of sweets
For Danish flags are set alight
Some embassies experience a fight -
Still, like a brain-dead parrot might screech
The PM keeps repeating: "Freedom of speech!
We have Freedom of Expression - how about you?
Not my department! Nothing I can do!"
Neither statesman-like nor factually true!

Decent people had worked so long
And tirelessly to build the strong
Reputation that Denmark enjoyed
Overnight it was destroyed
Crashing down around their ears
Good men and women reduced to tears

The world still turns and life goes on
But the total effects of the damage done
Cannot be measured so easily
And certainly not just financially
It will take a long time to improve
And Denmark should make the first move -
All in all there are much better ways
Regardless of what the PM says
To add that extra little spark
To the slogan Made in Denmark

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