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The incredible thing about the ongoing Kristallnacht against Denmark (and in some places, against the embassies and citizens of any Scandinavian or even European Union nation) is that it has resulted in, not opprobrium for the religion that perpetrates and excuses it, but increased respectability! A small democratic country with an open society, a system of confessional pluralism, and a free press has been subjected to a fantastic, incredible, organized campaign of lies and hatred and violence, extending to one of the gravest imaginable breaches of international law and civility: the violation of diplomatic immunity. And nobody in authority can be found to state the obvious and the necessary—that we stand with the Danes against this defamation and blackmail and sabotage. Instead, all compassion and concern is apparently to be expended upon those who lit the powder trail, and who yell and scream for joy as the embassies of democracies are put to the torch in the capital cities of miserable, fly-blown dictatorships. Let's be sure we haven't hurt the vandals' feelings.
Sammenhold is Danish for "solidarity", a quality that the Danes could stand to see from the West at this time. Hitchens wants to stage a rally outside the Danish embassy to show support for our friends in their time of need -- something the mainstream press has yet failed to do. That's why CQ is also offering a vocabulary lesson today, or at least a re-run of a lesson that first appeared in August 2004 and got some attention yesterday at The Corner. That's when we discovered the delightful German word sitzpinkler:
Apparently, the Germans have a word for men who can't stand up for themselves, both literally and figuratively. It's 'sitzpinkler', which means both one who sits when urinating and wimp.
Try using these new words in a sentence, such as: "The American media consists of sitzpinklers who cannot summon the sammenhold to publish the Prophet cartoons in defense of the free speech they espouse."
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From Christopher Hitchens at Slate.com: Please be outside the Embassy of Denmark, 3200 Whitehaven Street (off Massachusetts Avenue) between noon and 1 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 24. Quietness and calm are the necessities, plus cheerful conversation. Danish... [Read More]
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Courtesy of Captain’s Quarters: Michelle Malkin gives us a vocabulary lesson for today, as Chrsistopher Hitchens organizes a rally to support free speech: The incredible thing about the ongoing Kristallnacht against Denmark (and in some places... [Read More]
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