Monday, July 27, 2009

Danish Sharpshooters in Afghanistan

In English, and Danish with English subtitles:



Hat tip: TB.

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8 comments:

Carlos Echevarria said...

Thanks for posting...Danes are good people, you probably know that one of the largest 4th of July celebrations outside of the US, per capita, is in Denmark!

christian soldier said...

Carlos-My grandparents told us 'kids'- many times- how the Danes raised the U.S. flag in Denmark-on the 4th of July -- to thank America ....Got to love the Danes....
C-CS

Snouck said...

These are honourable soldiers. Their way of fighting, ensures that the Danish public will keep on supporting them. So they will be able to stay in fighting a long war.

Their example will increase the ability of the Danish Army to recruit soldiers. Not killing non-combatants hinders the Taliban in their recruitment efforts.

Thanks for featuring this video.

Kind regards,

Snouck

Zenster said...

Snouck: These are honourable [Danish] soldiers.

Dear Snouck, that is redundant.

My Copenhagen born Mother's relatives assisted the Danish resistance in opposing deportation of Jewish people and also provided material assistance in fighting the Nazis.

During my childhood, I could remember my Mother being able to recite Hitler's speeches that were mandatory radio listening for all Danish school children.

My mother's uncle was a dentist who was shot dead in reprisal for the killing of a Nazi officer. He was riding his bicycle into town and was killed at random in retribution.

Another relative was a sea captain who risked everything to transport Jews to Sweden.

Any young buck wishing to earn his stripes might have reported this boat's captain or killed him on their own. All they really would have done was ruin a supposed collaborator who actually was a valuable spy that was playing both sides to defeat the Nazis.

Imagine the daily suspense such a man lived in, as one who was resisting the Germans while having to risk any resistance newcomer that might want to murder such a suspected collaborator without knowing how important that person's position was.

I AM an American. My DANISH heritage is something that I will never cease to be proud of. Long live Denmark and her respect for the same values that America holds so dear!

Robin Shadowes said...

Zenster, I didn't realize your danish ancestry was so close in time as your own mother. Does it mean you speak or understand danish? I remember a few years back when LOTR was all the big thing and some of the people involved where touring scandinavia. I clearly remember Viggo Mortensen being interviewed in swedish tv and he spoke fluent danish and said he preferred to do that when he visited scandinavia, rather than speaking english. From what I understand his father is danish so he pretty much is as much danish-american as you. That would be really cool. You could post at Snaphanen too. :)

Zenster said...

Robin Shadowes: Zenster, I didn't realize your danish ancestry was so close in time as your own mother. Does it mean you speak or understand danish?.

I have a limited command of Danish with a pretty good Copenhagen accent. Jutish is incomprehensible to me and I am not completely conversational but usually can make myself understood.

Unfortunately, my mother was a bit lazy and allowed us to remain illiterate in her mother tongue. She also never made a concerted effort for us to become fully fluent which is something that caused us children to held in less esteem by her own parents. Ironically, through the foregoing and an exceptionally stupid remarriage, she helped to breed up a level of favoritism that resulted in alienation of herself as well.

Fortunately, my culinary skills have allowed my to replicate almost all of my favorite Danish recipes (e.g., frikadeller). My travels have taken me to Denmark twice, most lately in 1991. Back in 1968 I stayed for a few months in Sweden, in Hult near Eksjö and Jönköping, and can sympathize deeply with your own sorrow over the decline in Sweden's quality of life.

Robin Shadowes said...

Aside from the danish way of counting I understand between 95-99 % of both danish and norwegian. The reason for the floating numbers is mostly because once in a while there pops up a new word I didn't know of before. I appreciate the similarities between our languages. It is almost like getting three languages for the price of one. I'm also aware of most trapdoors, words that seem similar but means different things, like betjent which I know is cop in danish but butler in swedish or rolig which is peaceful in danish but means funny in swedish, just to take a couple of examples. For a couple of months now I have listened to DR on the web. They don't jave as much radio gaga as their swedish counterparts and does not cover up cultural enrichments on the news. As a bonus I get a lot of great danish music which SR almost never plays. As a result of this it has awakened my old interest for "the danish Toto with a female singer" a k a Sneakers and I'm currently awaiting for their four albums and will start to explore the spin-off projects from that band soon.

Zenster said...

Robin, in a comment of yours about the link between Bach's "Air on the G String" and Procul Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale", you also mentioned another musician whose name I failed to record. Would you please re-post that information?