Saturday, August 24, 2019

The Trump Offer to Buy Greenland

By now everyone must have heard about the offer to buy Greenland made by the Trump administration. We all heard him say: "Basically, it's just a real estate deal!" Well, Donald, not quite! Here's the reason why that is NOT the full story...


It is quite interesting to hear some of the argumentation from people who are fascinated by this huge elephant in a china shop, because they totally misunderstand, because they don't examine the history of this fantastic country. First of all, the age of colonization is OVER.

Secondly, it is important to know that Denmark interacts with BOTH the Faroe Islands and Greenland on a cooperative level. In formal terms, our country (Denmark) has a Reich community. We don't dictate neither Greenland nor the Faroe Islands. We offer police services in  these countries based on the rule of law - and the Faroe Islands have had objections to some ELEMENTS in legal matters. These have been voiced by one representative in our parliament with great fervor, and our countries are benefitted by respectful communication. It is one of the few areas where former Prime Minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, deserves great respect. He is married to a lady with origins from the Faroe Islands, and consequently has a much better grasp of the Reich community than most other PMs before him.

The offer in public was an insult to that growing improvement in the cooperation between our three countries, and if the American President took ANY advice from anyone familiar with international affairs, he would have known that. It can't be discussed. Those ARE the facts, whether Donald Trump likes it or not. Greenland is not ours to sell!

There is no doubt that there are strategic interests in the Arctic area, but - once again - no one would argue that Greenland welcomes a stronger cooperation, and would never deny an expansion of involvement in the Thule Air Base area. There are many jobs to be held by people from Greenland too, even though there have been changes in the number of people employed locally, and now a higher percentage of people coming from namely America...

The one good thing that has come from this is that the people of Denmark are united in their support of current Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen telling off the American President on this offer. We won't go back to a time when land could be bought and sold.

In fact, we need more COOPERATION. That could bring about much better results in geopolitical balances rather than buying and selling countries as though it was 'basically just a real estate deal' to use Donald's own words... :-)

Have a nice weekend everyone

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