Danish experts are agreeing that Denmark went to war in Afghanistan
to placate the U.S.
Friday,09 August 2013
Danish participation in the Afghanistan War was more about Denmark
nurturing international relations with the USA and capturing the
interest of its allies than fight for the Afghan people, various Danish
military experts say.
When Denmark sent troops to Afghanistan, the main reason sold t the
Danish people was that Denmark would protect the Afghan people from the
hard line Muslims that was running the country then and check the
source of terror. It turns out, according to a documentary that instead
Denmark went into war to build and improve on its international
Danish Army (Scancomark.com)
In fact, the main reason why Denmark went into Afghanistan in 2002,
according to two military experts in a documentary aired Danish radio
and television was that...
"Afghanistan was never about Afghanistan. When Denmark sent troops to
Afghanistan, it was because we wanted that they kept picking up the
phone in Washington, when we called them. And what we could do for the
people, was subordinate in the context," says Peter Viggo Jakobsen, an
associate professor at the Danish Defence College in a Danish Radio and
TV documentary about the war of Afghanistan, broadcasted on Thursday
According to the researcher, Denmark went in for the sake of the
Americans. He is supported by Mikkel Vedby Rasmussen, professor and
director of the centre for military studies at the University of
"If you go into the State Department and ask a random person you meet
in the hallway, s/he will say that we were there for the sake of
"Now they love us in Washington," he added and continued that although
it may not be in discussion among the Danish people.
In contrast, a victory on the diplomatic level is difficult to
replicate to the care given to the Danes who lost loved ones or those
who were injured in the war.
"Now we are in a precarious situation that we have won anything in our
relationship with our allies, but we have not won on the battlefield.
And how do you sell it so that it all becomes a victory? Asks Mikkel
Vedby Rasmussen, and continues:
"Can you really be so cynical to say that it is a victory - that
we have achieved something in our relationship with our allies, but
what then happened in Afghanistan, does not matter any longer".
The war in Afghanistan killed 43 Danes, more than 200 were injured and
the bill for the Danish tax payers for the war to over Dkr11 billion.
by Scancomark.com Team
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