Fjordman speaks

The European blog Vlad Tepes (there is a picture of a central European city in the masthead, but I don’t know what city it is [wrong—see corrections below]) posts the English translation of a reply by Fjordman—whose real name we now know is Peder Jensen—to a German newspaper, Junge Freiheit. It is brief (1,200 words) and to the point. He tells something about his background and explains how he became an Islam critic: he was a supporter of the Palestinians, working in the Mideast in September 2001 as a “Palestinian observer,” and was shocked by the Western media’s cover-up of the mass mass-murderous ecstasy of Muslims at the 9/11 attack. He also reiterates his support for Separationism as the correct solution to the Islam threat.

I was intrigued by the title of the interview, “Fjordman: ‘Europe is the sick man of the world’” (“Europa ist der kranke Mann der Welt”), a take-off on the famous nineteenth century phrase, “Turkey is the sick man of Europe.” Was this excellent line Fjordman’s coinage? A Google search for “Europa ist der kranke Mann der Welt” showed that all the references go back to Fjordman—at least as far back as September. Yet the interview was published this week. So evidently Fjordman has been using the phrase for some time.

(By the way, I looked for the original interview in German but found only introductions to it. But one site copying the introduction said this: “Das komplette JF-Interview mit Fjordman morgen am Kiosk.” Which evidently means that the complete interview is only available in the print version of Junge Freiheit.)

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LA writes:

A reader has kindly scanned the interview in Junge Freiheit and sent it to me.

Interestingly, Fjordman’s phrase, “Europe is the sick man of the world” is not in the title. So Vlad Tepes cleverly made that the title when he posted the excerpt from the interview.

Also, the the original interview is long, and Tepes only provides one of two of Fjordman’s answers. Maybe at some point he’ll post a full translation.

However I just realized there’s no reason to believe that Vlad Tepes is the source of the Fjordman interview excerpt.

Anita K. writes:

Vlad Tepes is Canadian, I believe, and the Ottawa Parliament is featured in the masthead. [LA replies: Oops.]

Also, Vlad Tepes often teams up with Gates of Vienna, and GoV now “tithe” part of their incoming donations to Vlad.

Timothy A. writes:

The city in the masthead of the Vlad Tepes blog appears to be Ottawa, with the federal parliament building on the left. I’m sure that if this is indeed the case, your Canadian correspondents will recognize it.

A.S. writes:

In the masthead of the Vlad Tepes blog the city is Ottawa, Canada as seen from across the Ottawa River from the Museum of Civilization.

On the left is the Parliament undergoing renovation. The big white building on the right of the Parliament Hill is the Supreme Court of Canada.

LA replies:

Ok, ok, I got the point. Because Vlad Tepes is a Europan sounding name, I assumed that he was a European and was showing a European city. Why would a Canadian entitle his blog “Vlad Tepes?”

Also, I haven’t been in Ottawa since I was 15, on a summer camp trip where we all rode on the back of an open truck. Those were the days.

Doug H. writes:

That brought back memories of riding in the back of my dad’s pickup along with kids from our rural neighborhood on the way to Lake Tuscaloosa to go camping, swimming, and fishing. A parent may very well be hauled off to jail for the same today and charged with reckless endangerment. Talk about turning men into wimps!

Anita K. writes:

Well, Vlad Tepes—in the words of the Wikipedia entry—“is remembered for spending much of his rule campaigning … against the Ottoman Empire and its expansion … ” I’m sure that’s the reason for the alias, since most of the items have to do with what others have dubbed the Islamic tsunami.

LA replies:

Yes, but Vlad Tepes, also known as Vlad the Impaler and Dracula, was a homicidal tyrant and monster who murdered tens of thousands of persons. He was infamous for it even during his lifetime. And—let us be clear—the people he killed weren’t just Ottoman invaders, but his own people.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at January 13, 2012 08:05 AM | Send

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