It’s a foregone conclusion that sometimes – in the world of international diplomacy – a world which I, Asatrumann as I am, never spent very much time – what’s not being said or not stated actually has a lot more importance than the surface message, or what’s being said up front. For instance, two days ago, the Foreign Minister of Iceland vocied her concerns on Mr Trump, and his latest accomplishment. I quote, in full, from the ”Iceland Review on line”:
Icelandic Minister of Foreign Affairs Lilja Alfreðsdóttir was interviewed on RÚV radio this morning and asked about her reaction to Donald Trump having been elected President of the US.
“It’s too early to tell what his policy and emphases will be exactly,” she stated. “For example, on security and defense issues, it’s hard to predict about his policy, there was, for example no list put forth with his emphases, goals and policy.”
She pointed out it was unclear whether President Trump would be much different from the candidate Trump. “For us [Icelanders], it’s important to evaluate our relations with the US. They have been good for decades. This is an important country to us in international relations. We’ll evaluate the situation and see what happens.”
Lilja stated that had Clinton been elected, not much change would have been expected in foreign policy. “There is more uncertainty regarding [Trump’s] emphases and goals,” she remarked. “That can’t be denied, but time will tell. For Icelanders, it’s important to promote our emphases and issues in the clear way we have been doing.”
If this was obscure, to some readers in the US, the letter sent from the Prime Minister of Iceland, maybe serves to make things a little more clear. Quite simply, the Prime Minister sent Mr Trummp a reminder on the values, with USA has upheld until know. Next to an open question regarding the US status as a NATO alliance partner, or a short statement – in keeping with the tenets of Asatru, saying ”Keep your oaths !” – I don’t know what would be more pertinent, or – should we say – more diplomatic…
Everywhere – Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway – the overall reaction has been much the same. Mr Trump has threatened to dissolve the NATO. He has openly threatened to use Atomic weapons, ”somewhere in Europe” as – he says ”Europe is a big place”. How are we to interpret this – especially when it comes from a person who the day after tries to deny everything he just said, and goes back on his very own word ?
He has also – to name but a few small samples of his oratory style – Accused the Chinese – of all people – to have invented Global Warming, claiming that no such phenomenon exists. Well, try stating this before South Americans affected by ”El Nino” or the population of Haiti…. He has – quite absurdly – accused Wind Power to be behind the decline of the famous ”Bald” Eagles of North America – again giving no logical explanation to what such statements would be taken to mean. He has stated – again – quite openly – that he considers Russias invasion of the Crimean peninslua as ”legal” and fully in accordance with international law.
The next logical question, I suppose – would be to ask all American citizens whether or not they would consider a Russian Re-claiming of Alaska (yes, it was Russian to begin with) to be valid under international law – or if they rather would consider ceding The Hawaii Islands to the Japanese….
As the matter now stands, no one in Sweden can trust the statements of the Incumbent President or his Goverment to be of lasting importance for the future. Russia’s increased aggression towards all Baltic and Nordic states is clearly visible for the whole World to see. So far, the USA has made good upon its promises. We have heard the clear, unequivocal statements of Senator Biden, and his position on the Gotland issue, to name but one small thing. Must we then conclude, that these statements aren’t valid anymore ? Instead of a reliable alliance parter, we see an obnoxious, loudmouthed buffoon in front of us – and what are we to think ? Can Trump be trusted with International affairs ??
Even little Iceland is holding is breath, and has second thoughts on the whole affair.
Today, local and national media tells of how Russia secretly is buying up massive amounts of industrial land close to several Swedish major ports, all on the slim pretext that the never accepted proposed ”Nord Stream 2” gas pipeline project needs this. (We could do as the Poles – just call it the Molotov-Ribbentrop pipeline, or perhaps the Merkel-Putin plan for the division of Europe – the outcome will be the same..) Allan Widman (Swedish Liberal Party) – has urged Mr Löfvén and his weak Government to take immediate action, and he for one is not taken in by the general Trumpery.
Two weeks ago – just before the 2016 presidental election – it was revealed that the former Miss Finland, one Nini Laaksonen was the 12th woman to state that the good Mr Trump sexually molested her. Ok, given the intricacies of US Presidental Campaigns, should we say – or the way they usually have been conducted – I can perhaps understand one such claim, two such claims or even three or four women somewhere to come forward and state something vaugely along these lines, but twelve women, all separately, the one after the other, a whole covenful of them, or one for every month of the year, like some bizarre calendar project ?
Now, Ms Laaksonen has no interest in American politics (neither so have I – no great interest, in any case) she does not seek any form of compensation, financial or otherwise, she does not contemplate litigation, she seeks no apology, even; and the reason she hasn’t appeared before authorities or filed any charges is that she is disgusted with the whole thing, this sort of sordid behaviour and especially with the persona of Mr Trump, she explained to the Finnish Ilta Sanomat newspaper.
As my friends in Asatru circles know, I have already explained what the Old Laws of Gotland province has to say about the ”Trumping” of women, and what women were fully entitled or empowered to do to the offender, given the very same laws – no longer in place, and not know on US shores, I wager; but around here – even today – ”Fola Gripr” or ”A fools grip” is not tolerated among women, but – due to Freyja’s grace – or the ability of Ms Laaksonen to suffer fools gladly, and to disregard minor insults, the US President to be has nothing to fear from her, on a most personal level indeed. Neither from me – but we remain disgusted by Mr Trump, distrustful of him, and we do not see him as furthering the interest of good international relations the slightest, particularly not when it comes to the values we hold for important, or our region of the World.
Likewhise – are we to permit Gotland to fall into Russian hands, and then hear Mr Trump – or his Goverment – soon in office – to accecpt such an occupation by military force as ”valid” ? Remember that our close neighbours, the Ukrainians – and the Balts – have already heard enough of such talk, and that they have grown weary of it, all the Trumpery, buffoonery and all the other jolly Shenanigans along the Campaign trail of 2016 aside.
I think not.
We are Asatrumenn. We shall defend our island, whatever the cost might be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.
It has been said before, naturally – but when Northern Europe of today comes to mind, these words said long ago by someone else – a real statesman for a change – not someone like Mr Trump – are still as true and valid as ever.
(And as matters stand, we have very little respect left in other areas – because how can we even respect those who openly fail us all ?)