15 July 2005

Spotlight on Denmark

I always seem to find myself taking about American military personnel, so I thought a weekly feature should be a spotlight on what our brave coalition allies are up to. A Danish poster named Tamara correctly reminded me I forgot to include Denmark in my post about our coalition versus the Islamic fundies. So for your kind words about my post Tamara, the first spotlight will be on your fellow Danes.

Denmark is a country of about 5.5 million people that is governed by a Center Right coalition between the Venstre (Liberal) party and the Det Konservative Folkeparti (Conservative People's Party). The Prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen supported the U.S. invasion of Iraq and according to this article the Danish people still support the mission there, even though they believe it makes them more of a target to Al Qaeda.

The Danish men and women in uniform have performed admirably, but equally important is the bravery of the Danish people. Denmark is not a large country, but the people are descendants of explorers and Viking Warriors, Danes have almost always done the "right thing". This article gives an example of Danish bravery. Also Denmark and America have deep feelings for each other, this article shows the respect Danes and Americans have for each other.

As for the Danish military, they patrol daily, arresting insurgents and seizing weapons caches. Currently, Denmark has deployed a battalion to MND (SE), operating out of Southern Iraq . The battalion comprises in total approximately 500 soldiers and consists of a Light Armoured Reconnaissance Squadron, an Armoured Infantry Company, a HQ & LOG Company, a CIMIC Detachment, a Medi­cal Platoon, a Mine Clearing and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit, a Military Police Detachment, an Engi­neering Detachment, and staff and liaison officers for the combined headquarters. In addition to the battalion, Denmark has deployed a National Support Element.
Furthermore staff personnel are embedded with the MND (CS) HQ, the MNF-I and to the Protection Teams in Baghdad and Basra . Finally Denmark also contributes to the NATO Training Mission in Iraq (NTM-I).

All I can say about this is, TAK SKAL DU HAVE DENMARK! When it was time to stand and hold the line against evil, the Danish people stood with honor and on the side of right. I salute the people of Denmark.

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