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Denmark Rallies Public Behind Afghan War

Thu Feb 25, 2010 4:47 pm

Among allied forces fighting in Afghanistan, few countries have deployed a bigger share of their armed forces than Denmark, and fewer still have taken higher levels of casualties. But the small Scandinavian country is emerging as an unlikely example of how to maintain public support for the war.

From the Wall Street Journal. Link below:

http://tinyurl.com/ycypjjx

I wonder why this seems only to be the case in Denmark amongst its allies in Afghanistan.

The funny thing is, the operation in Kosovo mentioned in the article is something that neither I nor my father have ever heard of before I read this article, so I doubt that has anything to do with our support for the effort in Afghanistan.

Also why are people in other countries supporting the war not presenting the war in Afghanistan as a humanitarian mission rather than a war against terrorism if it seems to work here?

[Edited 2010-02-25 09:24:05]
 
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RE: Denmark Rallies Public Behind Afghan War

Thu Feb 25, 2010 5:56 pm

We in the US are very thankful for the sacrifices made by our friends from Denmark, as well as canada, the UK, Japan, and all of our other allies.
 
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RE: Denmark Rallies Public Behind Afghan War

Thu Feb 25, 2010 6:05 pm

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 1):

Thanks for the support and we are very thankful for USAs efforts in Afghanistan as well. Terrorism is a common threat and should not only be the duty of the US to fight IMO.
 
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RE: Denmark Rallies Public Behind Afghan War

Thu Feb 25, 2010 7:08 pm

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 2):
Thanks for the support and we are very thankful for USAs efforts in Afghanistan as well. Terrorism is a common threat and should not only be the duty of the US to fight IMO.

I agree, it should be faced by all nations who want to live unrestricted.
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RE: Denmark Rallies Public Behind Afghan War

Thu Feb 25, 2010 7:34 pm

Quoting AirPacific747 (Thread starter):
The funny thing is, the operation in Kosovo mentioned in the article is something that neither I nor my father have ever heard of before I read this article, so I doubt that has anything to do with our support for the effort in Afghanistan.

I don't think that was implied, it merely meant that after Operation Bøllebank, as it was called, went down well with the public, the politicians started supporting the military more openly. In my opinion, it was helped a lot by the commander of that operation, Lars Møller, being a very good interviw person, who always had a fairly direct way of saying things.

And I can vouch for the Danish operations there being fairly open. At the moment, one of the Danish TV stations is running a documentary series, showing how the medical team at Camp Bastion live and works. A few months ago, there was another series running, that showed how one of their family members being deployed had affected various families. And on top of that, one of the regular crime shows will occasionally have an episode from Afghanistan, showing the daily life of the soldiers deployed there.

However, there was a bit of an episode, when a former member of the special forces wanted to release a book, describing his experiences in Afghanistan. The Ministry of Defense objected strongly, claiming it revealed sensitive information about the ongoing work by our special forces in Afghanistan, but the author rejected that, and pointed out that he had already sought and recieved permission from the army itself to publish the info. The whole thing ended in a trial, that was cut short when a major daily newspaper decided to post the book in. Shortly after, the MoD claimed that they had already located an arab copy on a p2p site, showing that the terrorist were interested in it, but that claim was shot down when linguists pointed out that the arab text was gibberish and most likely had come from an online translator. Eventually, someone at the MoD fessed up and admitted to being behind it. The whole case stunk.
 
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RE: Denmark Rallies Public Behind Afghan War

Thu Feb 25, 2010 7:38 pm

Quoting CPH-R (Reply 4):

Sorry I Got that from an article on TV2.dk where they indeed did imply that, which I think is nonsense.

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