Once upon a time, you did not celebrate the man who did not rape or rob when he was in a position to do so and could maybe get away with it. You expected that behaviour. If you found a wallet, you returned it to the owner without lightening it and didn’t expect a reward
. And once upon a time you didn’t admire a police force for upholding the law and defending the peaceful and law-abiding against the hostile, violent and deniers of the rights of others. But the fact is that in both cases the examples of the law abiding and moral are now so rare that they not only get special attention for doing what is right but actually deserve it. The case of the State of Denmark and the police are a notable example.
Some years ago, it was obvious that the police across the Western world had switched from enforcing the law, to what one might think of as, ‘practical policing’.
A few years ago, I think it was in Sweden but it could have been somewhere else, a small group of Jewish demonstrators and like-minded people had a folk song static demo to support classical liberalism and the state of Israel. They had all the proper permits and they behaved impeccably. A large group of leftists and muslims showed up and started launching missiles and other kinetic forms of opposition and some incendiaries as well. The police response was to close down the permit holders and if I remember correctly, even arrest them on a catch and release basis.
This was clearly the strategy. It seemed at the time that the police forces where simply being practical, abandoning the law and people’s rights under the law to avoid any sort of injury or riot. This was, at least in part, understandable in as much as the goal of preventing injury is desirable.
As time has passed the policy seems a little more insidious than that. The likelihood that it was a police plant that slugged Tommy Robinson when he did that march with cousin Kev Carrol through a muslim area, and the subsequent arrest not of the attacker, but of Tommy for assault who did not even defend himself. Then there was the recent PEGIDA march where it appears that a plant let off firecrackers and suddenly massive police assets moved in and water-cannoned peaceful legal working German middle class folks to break up the demo and cast aspersions on it. These are the same assets that conspicuously did nothing at the many gang rape, rob and grope events across Germany and indeed Europe on New Years Eve. That is, nothing other than order the erasure of the evidence from local CCTV equipment in order to keep it buried.
And so here we are. The Danish police force acted on the side of genuine liberalism. They defended law-abiding people using their central dogma of democracy, the right to freedom of speech and freedom of assembly and they defended the participants from the violent thugs who dare refer to themselves as ‘anti-fascists’. These are the same people who not only physically attack those with whom they do not agree, but they have gone to the home of the organizers of these marches for human rights in Denmark and personally threatened them.
The Danish security services and government genuinely do deserve our praise, admiration and appreciation. They behaved in a non-partizan and professional manner to defend the law and the law-abiding. But it is lamentable that the case is so rare across the scattered remnants of the free world that all who see this remark on it.
Much thanks to Henrik Clausen of The International Sakharov Committee for the footage.