Deeply distressed that you were angered by this
Rasmussen was widely reported yesterday (which I mostly spent hurtling through the air in a tin can) as agreeing to apologize to the Islamic world for the cartoons of Muhammad that touched off riots internationally several years ago. And why? So that Turkey would accept his nomination as NATO secretary general.
Outrageous dhimmitude? Sure. A sign of the rapid advance of Eurabia in Europe? Of course. But here is what Rasmussen has actually said — in what Michael van der GaliÃ«n of PoliGazette says is his apology:
“I was deeply distressed that the cartoons were seen by many Muslims as an attempt by Denmark to mark and insult or behave disrespectively towards Islam or the Prophet Mohammad. Nothing could be further from my mind.”
That is a carefully worded statement. He does not actually apologize for the cartoons themselves. He says that he was “distressed” that Muslims saw the publication of the cartoons as an attempt by Denmark itself to insult Islam. And of course, that is perfectly true: the cartoons were published by the Danish newspaper Jyllands Posten. Neither Rasmussen nor any other Danish official had anything to do with their publication. And to say that he was distressed that Muslims saw them as some attempt by Denmark itself to insult Islam is not to say that he thought their publication was wrong, or to accept the dhimmi status of silence and subservience toward one’s Muslim overlords. It’s only to say, “Hey, I’m sorry you took this wrong.” If this is really all Rasmussen said, it’s not nearly as bad as it could have been.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Former Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Monday he would pay close attention to religious sensibilities in his new role as NATO chief in comments aimed at allaying Muslim concerns at his appointment.
Turkey had threatened to veto Rasmussen’s appointment over his handling of a 2006 crisis triggered by cartoons of Islam’s Prophet Mohammad in a Danish newspaper. His comments fell short of the outright apology which Turkish officials had hoped for.
“I respect Islam as one of the world’s major religions as well as its religious symbols,” Rasmussen said during a panel discussion at an Istanbul conference aimed at building bridges between the Muslim world and the West.
The conference coincided with Barack Obama’s first visit to the Muslim world as U.S. president. Obama was meeting Turkish officials in Ankara on Monday and was due to attend a dinner at the conference.
“I was deeply distressed that the cartoons were seen by many Muslims as an attempt by Denmark to mark and insult or behave disrespectively towards Islam or the Prophet Mohammad. Nothing could be further from my mind,” Rasmussen said.
Then Obama chimed in:
The NATO row, which threatened the image of unity at the military alliance’s 60th anniversary summit, was resolved after Obama guaranteed that Turkish commanders would be present at the alliance’s command and that one of Rasmussen’s deputies would be a Turk.
Rasmussen had previously defended the publication of the cartoons, which caused protests in the Muslim world, on the grounds of free speech and refused to apologise to Muslim countries.
“During my tenure as the secretary general of NATO I will pay close attention to the religious and cultural sensibilities of the different communities that populate our increasingly pluralistic and globalised world,” Rasmussen said….