Thursday, July 17, 2003

Something Rotten in the State of Denmark 

Some may not have noticed that Denmark was also a part of the US coalition in Gulf War II. The Danish government decided to send a submarine and a corvette to participate in the war against Iraq. It remains unclear whether this contributed significantly to the success of the desert campaign.

For the Danes, however, the war effort was a matter of some importance. Now the backlash has hit the small Scandinavian country. Opposition politicians demand proof for government assertions that Saddam Hussein had ties to organised terror.

Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen has made repeated reference to Saddam's terror ties. On the very day that the Danish parliament passed its resolution to deploy troops and equipment, the PM stated that "Saddam Hussein has had blatant ties to terrorists, and possibly still does."

"This allegation has never been substantiated," notes the Ritzau news agency. "The UN's Counter Terrorism Committee actually discredited the allegation, concluding after the war that there was no evidence of ties between Saddam Hussein and the al-Qaida terror network."

There is also the issue of WMD:s, of course. Foreign Minister Per Stig Møller seems actually to have apologized for his previous assertion that Chief UN Weapons Inspector Hans Blix claimed Saddam Hussein had hidden his illegal weapons arsenal:

"I heard that he'd said so on the morning news, and if he did not indeed say it, then I must certainly apologize for forwarding inaccurate information. I am not able to review the tape," Møller said on Wednesday, after a meeting of the Danish parliament's Foreign Policy Committee.

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