1. Greenland's Breakaway
|1. Greenland was never a colony
|2. American Interest
|3. The dream of independence
|4. The experiment children
|5. The legal fatherless
|6. The spiral campaign
|7. US aid package
|8. Shift in American politics
|9. USA is an empire
|10. The US takeover
A generation of ambitious Greenlandic politicians presents themselves before their innocent voters with juicy accounts of the Danes' evil during the colonial era. It resonates because it creates a pleasant feeling that the individuals are not fully responsible, because they have been oppressed and exploited.
The statue of Hans Egede in Nuuk. The historian Thorkil Kjærgaard writes about Hans Egede: "If Hans Egede in 1721 - this year 300 years ago - did not go to Greenland, then very much today would be different. Greenland, which since the Norse period (together with the Faroe Islands and Iceland) had belonged to Norway and thereby also to Denmark, would have slipped into other hands because there was no one else in sight who could or would imitate Hans Egede's masterpiece and re-establish Danish-Norwegian sovereignty over Greenland. for many years completely alone with his idea of going to Greenland, the land of the old northerners, where there were now only wild heathens, and he was considered a fool with a ridiculous fantasy without contact with the harsh political realities." Photo Panterrejser.
The new Greenlandic politicians demand a showdown on the alleged evil deeds of the colonial era. They believe that the colonial era was so grim that it is necessary to have a Danish-Greenland reconciliation commission, such as the one established in South Africa in connection with the confrontation with apartheid. Denmark does not wish to participate in such a commission.
These politicians are constantly flirting with replacing Greenland's affiliation with Denmark and the Faroe Islands with an affiliation with the United States.
According to the historian Thorkild Kjærgaard, Greenland has been an equal part of the Danish Norwegian Empire since the Middle Ages. Greenland has never been a colony in the traditional sense, because the local population was not exploited by a Danish colonial power.
Hans Egede is missionating among Greenlandic hunters. Photo Danmarks historie i billeder (1898).
Kjærgaard writes: "Everywhere in South and North America today European languages are spoken (Spanish, Portuguese, English and French), only in Greenland is a native American language state-, society- and culture-bearing, and only here is the country not an unconscious copy of a European mother state. While the rest of the New World sailed in blood (native blood), not one killing is known committed by a Dane or by a Norwegian on a Greenlander in the 18th century. Where the natives of the rest of the American hemisphere were hunted and mowed down like animals, they sat in Greenland - thanks to Hans Egede - on the school bench and learned - as equal compatriots in the multinational, multicultural Danish-Norwegian monarchy - to read and write on their Greenlandic mother tongue."
The Inuit in Greenland are the only people on the entire American continent - from the Land of Fire in the south to Canada and Alaska in the north - who have preserved their American identity and have been spared the carnage triggered by European imperialism in the New World.
The United States has stepped up its charm offensive against Greenlandic politicians. In June 2022, the Wilson Center in Washington DC awarded the Greenland Home Rule Chairman, Mùte B. Egede, a distinguished award for leadership. The Americans flatter him with the title "prime minister of Greenland".
Home Rule Chairman Mùte B. Egede. Born March 11, 1987 (35 years old). Photo U.S. Department of State by Ron Przysucha Wikipedia.
The home rule chairman was invited to Washington to be presented with the prestigious award. The rationale for the award was his "leadership through alliances" (The leadership through alliances award).
Wilson Center writes: "Your article in the Wilson Quarterly describes how Greenland's alliances across the globe can help develop Greenland economically, politically and socially. That vision and our cooperation around the project Greenland Dialogues shows how Greenland can be a leader in the new Arctic."
Previous recipients of the Wilson Center Award include Henry Kissinger, Hillary Clinton, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rize.
"Greenland Dialogues" is a collaboration between the American Wilson Center and the Greenland Home Rule Government to "design and implement a number of programs and initiatives to highlight and discuss the many facets of Greenland's current and future domestic aspirations and challenges, as well as as its unique place in the Kingdom of Denmark. In collaboration with the Greenland Self-Government and the Kingdom of Denmark, these sets of initiatives will help to promote policy-relevant discussions and inform decisions that are crucial to Greenland's future aspirations and expectations." It sounds somewhat cryptic, and one must think that the intention is that the Americans want to influence decisions regarding Greenland, by exploiting the vanity of the new Greenlandic politicians.
The Americans are already present in Greenland, as they have the Thule Air Base, which they obtained in connection with World War II. Just as the Soviet troops remained in Eastern Europe after the war, so the United States remained in Greenland after the end of the war as a matter of course.
Thule Air Base. Photo Ann O'nyme Wikipedia.
The American presence is just a natural continuation of previous American attempts to take possession of Greenland. As early as 1867, President Andrew Johnson wanted to buy Greenland. In 1946, US President Harry Truman offered 100 million dollars in gold for Greenland, and 2019 latest, President Trump wanted to buy Greenland.
It was not a random impulse that Trump got. The american interest in the Arctic and thus also Greenland is steadily increasing. The Americans have recently negotiated unhindered access to four military installations in Norway. Two of them in Arctic Norway, from where the United States can now, without first asking the Norwegians, send planes, naval vessels and submarines on patrols close to the Russian nuclear arsenals on the Kola Peninsula. The US Air Force is back at the Keflavik base in Iceland.
American representatives have recently in a similar way demanded the installation and operation of a number of radar stations in Greenland. If they get this requirement met, they will never leave these sites again.
The prize winner, Mùte B. Egede, is a socialist Greenlandic politician who is known for his consistent and irreconcilable views on ending colonial times and making Greenland an independent state. He is fiercely opposed to opening up for the utilization of Greenlandic raw materials, including in Kvanefjeldet in South Greenland, as he believes it will destroy Greenlandic nature.
Queen Margrethe in Greenland. Photo Kongehuset.
He belongs to a whole generation of Greenlandic politicians who irresponsibly harvest their votes by constantly and without ceasing selling the unrealistic dream of Greenland's independence to their naive voters.
But it has been calculated that for the Greenlandic economy, independence and the associated loss of the fixed financial support from Denmark will be an incalculable disaster for Greenland. The home government will become bankrupt after just 2-3 months and society will disintegrate accompanied by hunger, unemployment, flight out of the country and the violence and crime that occurs when a society ceases to function.
Before Greenland gained autonomy, the then Home Rule Government conducted a cash flow analysis for the Greenlandic Treasury, which sheds light on the effects of the abolition of the fixed financial support from Denmark. In general, it still applies, and with updated input, the situation is roughly as follows (from Kamikposten):
Greenland's raw materials. In the report "For the benefit of Greenland", a broad-based research committee states that mining and oil drilling will not be the quick shortcut to economic independence from Denmark, which many Greenlandic politicians have expressed hope for. Greenland's economy and demographics will require a range of different initiatives - and the need for the fixed financial support from Denmark will not disappear as far as the eye can see, says the committee's chairman, Minik Rosing, professor at the University of Copenhagen and chairman of the University of Greenland. Photo Illustration in the report Til Gavn for Grønland.
The Greenland National Treasury will no longer receive around 4 billion annually from Denmark in fixed financial support, other support and EU support. Which amount constitutes 56% of the Greenland National Treasury's income.
The National Treasury will further lack about 1.5 billion, which constitutes costs for government tasks, which under the Commonwealth are performed by the Danish state, but which Greenland itself must perform in case of independence.
The fixed financial support from Denmark is used for the Self Government's public consumption, which represents an important source of income for Greenland's private companies. If the fixed financial support lapses, they will lose an average of 60% of their earnings. The consequent reduced taxable income of private companies and a markedly reduced taxable wage income - due to unemployment - will mean that the Greenland National Treasury's income will be further reduced by 15%.
The Greenland National Treasury guarantees loans - taken out by private and independent companies - in an amount corresponding to 20% of the national government's balance sheet. In the event of independence and thus the lapse of the fixed financial support, many of these loans will be defaulted and there will be a requirement for the guarantees to take effect. Together with all the other factors, this will in all probability lead to a Greenlandic state bankruptcy.
The Danish inspection ship Ejnar Mikkelsen in Greenlandic waters. Photo Pinterest.
Søren Espersen, formerly the Danish People's Party, even estimates that the Greenlandic National Treasury, after a secession, must finance an amount of at least ten billion kroner.
But that does not worry the freedom-loving Greenlandic politicians. They keep the hatred against Denmark going by marketing three narratives in particular, which are intended to document that it is a pity for the Inuits. These are the "experiment children", the "legally fatherless" and the "spiral case".
In 1998, Tine Bryld's book "With the best intentions" about the 22 Greenlandic children, who in 1951 was sent to Denmark. After almost a year and a half, the majority of the children returned to Greenland and were placed in the newly built orphanage in Godthåb (Nuuk), while six of the children remained in Denmark and were adopted by their Danish families. The book tells about the children's experiences and how their lives later were.
In 2010 came the film "The Experiment", which is based on Tine Bryld's book about the 22 children. The film is about the lives of the returning children at the newly built orphanage in Godthåb, where they are described as unhappy and split between the Greenlandic and the Danish culture.
Three of the twenty-two children at Fedgården by Faxe Ladeplads in South Sjælland
where they were placed until they seperately came to their Danish foster families. Photo Avisen Danmark.
During this time, similar projects were implemented in Canada and Australia. The goal was to create an elite with good language skills among the countries' indigenous peoples, an elite that could lead their compatriots and tribal relatives into modern times.
The Danish-Greenlandic project was supported by the Greenlandic politicians in the home rule board: "The Home Rule Board thanks "Save the Children" for the plans for Greenlandic children's stay in Denmark and agrees that the Prime Minister's Office seeks these plans realized, but at the same time draws attention to the need to ensure that children return to Greenland under suitable conditions, so that the decline from good conditions do not harm the children." The Home Rule Board adopted the proposal by 19 votes to 4.
The idea was to select orphans with high intelligence, but these criteria had to be relaxed. The children were 4 to 8 years old. In Denmark, they were initially accommodated in an orphanage and after a few months with private foster parents. When they returned to Godthåb (Nuuk) the following year, they were accommodated in a newly built orphanage, where they were looked after by Danish staff - and not by their parents. They were generally isolated from Greenlandic-speaking comrades and the Greenlandic community.
Queen Ingrid talks to the Greenlandic children in Denmark. Photo Avisen Danmark.
There was nothing missing at the orphanage. The children were dressed in nice clothes and their hair was carefully cut. There was Christmas Eve with roast pork, rice porridge and presents. There was also parties, cinema trips, excursions and sunday clothes.
But the special thing about the orphanage was that the children's everyday life was influenced by Danish culture, including the food, the attire, the films showed, the songs, and the orphanage's decor. There were limits to how much they could see their families. Visits could be arranged and allowed, but they were not a priority and not frequent.
The children's upbringing at the orphanage in Godthåb largely unfolded in Danish. They cultivated company with the city's prominent Danish families and received visits from distinguished guests from Denmark. The orphanage's Greenlandic staff had been told to speak Danish with the children.
The experiment totally failed. Only half of the children received an education and a third settled in Denmark. They were overrepresented in the drug statistics and many failed to start a family. They did not become the elite that could lead the Inuits into the future that had been hoped for.
In 2010, the organization, "Save the Children" apologized for the organization's role in the process. Save the Children's then general secretary, Mimi Jakobsen, made her apology in a Danish radio news broadcasting.
The experiment children in the orphanage in Nuuk after returning from Denmark. Only the standing girl at the top right looks a little unhappy. Photo AvisenDanmark
The failed project has been seized by the new generation of Greenlandic politicians and marketed as a typical example of the evil of the Danish colonial power.
Between 2009 and 2014, various Greenlandic members of Danish parliament proposed that the parliament should order governments to give an official apology on behalf of the state to those who in 1951 were removed from their families in Greenland and sent to Denmark as part of this experiment. However, they were all rejected on the grounds that the time was different.
Inspired by the "Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa", the Greenland home government set up in 2014 "Greenland Reconciliation Commission", which aimed to define issues and problems that have roots in the colonial era". In 2017 the Commission presented its final report. One of the sections is entitled "Experiments with children", here are mentioned the 22 children, who in 1951 were sent on a one-year stay in Denmark and did not return to their families.
Doris Jakobsen from the party Siumut stated to the newspaper Jyllands-Posten in 2014 that it was very sad that Denmark does not want to be part of the Reconciliation Commission. She also described it as "problematic that Denmark will not even apologize for the obvious injustices over time."
Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen embraces Eva Illum, who is one of the six still-living experimental children, at the apology event for the Greenlandic children at the National Museum on 9 March 2022. Each of the six still-living was awarded DKK 250,000 in compensation. Photo Statsminsteriet.
It was not until 2022 that Prime Minister Mette Fredriksen bowed to the Greenlandic victim mentality and gave an official Danish apology to the six out of the twenty-two who are still alive. The Prime Minister stated: "What you were exposed to was wrong. It was inhuman. It was unreasonable. And it was heartless."
These six people were each paid a compensation of 250,000 kroner, according to the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Elderly on their website.
According to laws for Greenland - passed by both the Danish parliament and the Greenlandic Home Rule board - children born out of wedlock before 1963 in West Greenland and before 1974 in the rest of Greenland were not entitled to know their father, inherit from him or take the father's surname. It was not until 1963 that the Greenlandic elected representatives adopted a legal basis that made this possible.
What is a legal fatherless? Photo Kamikposten
A "legally fatherless Greenlander" was thus born before 1963 by a mother, who either did not know the name of the father or the man, whom she had designated as the father, denied the paternity. The legal basis of the time and the technology of the time did not allow the mother to pursue the case further.
So who is to blame for these children having to grow up without a father figure and not be able to inherit from their - presumed Danish - biological fathers? One might think that the responsibility lies with the unknown man, who simply ran away from it all, or with the mother, who was not sufficiently critical in choosing a partner at a crucial moment.
But this is not how the members of the association "Kattuffik Ataata" - which means "National Organization Father" - view it. They believe that it is the Danish state's fault that the children do not have a legally responsible father and therefore they demand that the state provides compensation.
The association's lawyer, Mads Pramming, states: "Article 8 of the Human Rights Convention, which recognizes the right of children to a family, has been violated. It is not a violation that the 2014 law repairs. Nor can it be ruled out that the Human Rights Convention "Article 14, which prohibits discrimination, has been violated. While Danish children had the right to have paternity established in the Act of 1938, this did not apply to Greenlandic children".
The infamous block P in Nuuk, which was bulldozed in 2012. The building was built in 1965-1966 as part of the Folketing's program to modernize and urbanize the Greenlandic infrastructure by moving people away from the settlements. When the block was built, it was the largest apartment block in Northern Europe. This and the whole of Greenlandic housing construction employed thousands of Danish craftsmen in Greenland in the 1960's. Photo nordatlantens.dk.
According to the historian Sniff Andersen Nexø, over time there have been more legally fatherless with Greenlandic fathers than with Danish and other foreign fathers.
But when the fathers are unknown, you can not know if they are Danish or Greenlandic?
However, the Greenlandic radio and television station KNR explains that most runaway fathers are Danish: "The legally fatherless are in most cases children with Greenlandic mothers and Danish fathers, who participated in the extensive housing construction in Greenland in 1950's and 60's."
"The Danish state should give an apology and compensation to the legally fatherless in Greenland", believes Inuit Ataqatigiit MP Aaja Chemnitz Larsen. "There are some chapters in the history between Greenland and Denmark that I believe we need to rectify because we want a more equal and healthy relationship between Greenland and Denmark in the future."
Greenlandic women and probably Danish sailors. The men in the picture may be from the crew of the ship "Greenland" in connection with the expedition to East Greenland in 1924. Photographer Peter Elfelt (1866-1931), udateret. Photo Det Kongelige Bibliotek Billedsamlingen Den Topografiske Samling, Grønland.
The Greenlandic members of parliament, Inuit Ataqatigiit's Aaja Chemnitz Larsen and Aki-Matilda Høegh-Dam from Siumut, support the claim for compensation from the legally fatherless.
But historian Sniff Andersen Nexø points out: "It is worth noting that the proposal to make legislation like the Danish one, which gave children born out of wedlock name and right to inheritance from their father, came from Denmark, but was flatly rejected by the Greenland Home Rule Board".
However - as some note - the Danish Parliament could have chosen to override the Home Rule Board's opinion, and since it thus had the power, it also has the basic responsibility for the decision.
One of "prime minister" Mùte B. Egede's flagship cases is the "spiral case", he says: "That case has its own life and needs to be properly illuminated for the grim things that were going on at the time."
Lippes Loop spiral. Photo quinacrine.
The problem is reportedly that in the 1960's some thousand Greenlandic women had a spiral set up as contraception as a result of a campaign to reduce fertility. Spirals as contraception were very common at this time. Many Danish women also had a spiral set up.
The Spiral Campaign was pretty well motivated. KNR writes that "calculations from Statistics Greenland show that women in the late 1960's could on average expect to have six children."
The spiral case is a journalistic concoction in five episodes produced by Denmark Radio. They are based almost exclusively on personal interviews with selected Greenlandic women who experienced this form of contraception negatively. The DR journalists add fuel to the flames of the hate against the Danes by placing great emphasis on telling that the spirals in Greenland were set up by Danish doctors, and not just by doctors in general.
The DR journalists have dug out that fifty years ago, quite a few doctors in Greenland interpreted the rules that some girls could have a spiral set up without their parents' consent.
It was not legal to set up spirals in underage girls without parental consent, and it has never been legal - neither in Denmark nor in Greenland. But doctors could guide girls under 18 in contraception without parental consent.
Tom Høyem was the last Minister for Greenland. Photo Karlsruhe.
The last Minister for Greenland, Tom Høyem, said in a speech at a major health conference in Nuuk in 1985: "In the second half of the 1960s, the health service increased its efforts with information on contraceptives, and the results were startling" - "They show how quickly you can reduce fertility if you have an effective healthcare system and a population that is motivated to avoid pregnancies. Within 3-4 years, fertility was halved - especially due to the use of the spirals."
Tom Høyem is today 80 years old. He says he has never heard of spirals being systematically set up without consent. And according to him, the spiral campaign did not take place in secret, but openly known far and wide."
The last minister for Greenland thinks it is good that an investigation is launched to investigate possible breaches of laws and regulations. But at the same time, he maintains his position that the spiral campaign as a whole was good and very important. He says: "Greenlandic and Danish politicians were faced with a catastrophe in the 1960's. A development in Greenland that you, who are sitting in Nuuk now, cannot understand what it was like then. People died of tuberculosis. "There were an incredible number of abortions and stillborn children. A growth in the population that was completely irresponsible. That we then openly and loudly made a campaign for spiral, I find absolutely right."
Greenlandic politicians have gone into a tailspin over the more than fifty-year-old campaign. The Greenlandic Member of Parliament, Aki-Matilda Høegh-Dam, describes the case as genocide: "It is completely absurd and should in no way be ignored or embellished. Call it what it is: It is genocide." She means, that the case is so serious that Greenland should start collecting evidence to bring the case before an international court.
DR's incredible spiral story has spread abroad and the longer it comes out the worse it gets. "Seven-year-old girls were given a spiral against their will". "It borders on genocide". Photo Der Spiegel.
"It is a very shameful approach that has been used and is malicious treatment of Greenlandic women and a gross act, and the reasoning is sinister", thunders the aging Hans Enoksen.
"The spiral campaign is an example of an objectification and politicization of the female body that is completely inadmissible," siger Naaja H. Nathanielsen fra partiet Inuit Ataqatigiit.
The Greenland Council for Human Rights and the Department of Human Rights make a joint appeal and believe that the case is a gross violation of human rights. At the same time, they call the actions degrading and inhuman.
Mùte B. Egede follows up: "It's as if the skeletons are tumbling out of the closet at the moment. The things that have happened are coming out now. And there is a clear need to shed light on things. With the whole spiral campaign, some unacceptable things have happened."
The young Greenlandic Member of Danish Parliament, Aki-Matilda Høegh-Dam, was the Miss Denmark finalist in 2015 and came in sixth place. She is now a member of the Danish Parliament as one of the two Greenlandic members. She is our fatherland's most aggressive critic and uses every opportunity to blacken Denmark. She believes that Greenland and Greenlanders have "forcibly been robbed their sovereignty and self-determination". "There is no commonwealth, only Danish rule" . About the spiral campaign, she said: "It borders on genocide".
In Greenland today, the spiral has long been replaced by abortion as a contraceptive. "More abortions are actually performed in Greenland than children are born" , says chief consultant at Statistics Greenland, Lars Pedersen. But the Greenlandic politicians do not address this out of fear of the voters' verdict. They would rather score points by blackening Denmark.
The spiral story will not be the last, as we will hear of the Greenlandic politicians' demeaning of Denmark. DR's journalists have made a new Greenland series, called "Greenland's missing children", in which they quite perverted insist that hundreds of Greenlandic children have been adopted into Danish families against their parents' will. It will surely trigger a similar hysteria among Greenlandic politicians as the "Spiral Campaign"
In January 2020, the United States opened its new consulate in Nuuk, Greenland, and thus gained direct contact with the Inuits, who to a large extent hate Danes and blame us for all their adversity in life. The US government has decided to allocate 12.1 million dollars, equivalent to approximately 83 million Danish kroner, to civilian projects in Greenland, which funds will be administered by the consulate. As if Greenland was a poor and neglected developing country.
The opening of the US Consulate in Nuuk was marked by that Consul Sung Choi, assisted by local employee Poul Bloch Jensen, hoisted the American flag in front of the Arctic Command building, where the consulate is housed. Photo Rigsombudsmanden i Grønland.
"We are interested in the Greenlanders getting the prosperity they seek," said then US Ambassador Carla Sands. She also wanted to make Greenlanders better in speaking English.
The US could very easily have given Greenland prosperity in an easier way, namely by again giving the so-called service contract, which deals with the civilian operation of the American military base, Thule Air Base, to a Greenlandic company. This is a contract worth several hundred million kroner. It was given in 2014 to an American company's Danish subsidiary, after a Greenlandic company had had the contract for several decades. A decision that meant that the Greenlandic national treasury lost revenue of more than 200 million dkr.
The new US consul in Nuuk, Sung Choi, states that Greenland should not expect the US to voluntarily give the contract back to a Greenlandic company. For the current aid package is something completely different, he says.
American waste from World War II at Ikkateq in East Greenland. Photo The Range Explorer.
The American aid also does not mean that the US will now find money for the clean-up of old US military bases in Greenland. An ongoing and comprehensive project that is expected to cost several hundred million kroner, which Denmark is currently alone to pay.
There can be no doubt that the so-called aid package is in fact designed as a tool for American diplomats and politicians to get in touch with the opposition and freedom-lovung Greenlandic politicians and individuals.
In 1823, US President James Monroe issued a declaration promising that the United States would remain neutral in European politics and respect established colonies. However, they turned against future colonization in America. The declaration was conceived by Secretary of State, later President John Quincy Adams. In 1904, the United States further invoked the so-called Roosevelt addition, which means the right to intervene as a "police force", if states in the Caribbean and Central America act "uncivilized." This right has since been invoked several times as justification for US intervention in Latin America during the Cold War.
The Monroe doctrine. Photo Steigan.no.
The United States did not keep James Monroe's promise to remain neutral in European politics. They intervened in both the First and Second World Wars by engaging on the side of the weaker part, thereby prolonging the wars and multiplying losses and the destruction of Europe. In modern times, the United States is pouring gasoline on the fire in Ukraine to keep the new European war going.
Since Monroe and Roosevelt, however, the "Monroe Doctrine" has been extended and reshaped so that, in popular American view, it prohibits any acquisition of territory in the Western Hemisphere by European powers even demands for the liberation of those territories from any form of European control.
In the American political view, the Monroe doctrine undoubtedly also applies to Greenland. During the time after the war, it is clear that they believe that they have the right to do as the want in Greenland and information sharing and cooperation with Denmark is only a not important formality.
Camp Century is a ticking waste bomb under the Greenland ice sheet. It is a secret US military base built in 1959. When the base closed in 1967, everything was left in the ice sheet, including a nuclear reactor. Photo TV guide.
For example, the construction of Camp Century began in 1958 without Denmark's permission or mere knowledge. "But in August 1959, the American ambassador informed the Danish Foreign Minister that the Americans had already started building Camp Century in the ice sheet. It happened quite informally at a cocktail party," says an author named Matthias Heymann.
Camp Century was built far outside the marked and agreed military areas. Furthermore, it was the American plan that an "Iceworm" project should spread further far into the northern ice sheet. Also this they did not bother to discuss with the Danish politicians.
The Danish politicians assured the population that no nuclear weapons were stored on Danish territory. Though they must be supposed to have known better, but they have simply resigned. Viggo Kampmann clarified in 1961 that this also applied to Greenland. But still, a nuclear-armed American plane crashed during a routine flight Thule in 1968, as we all know.
A B-52G Stratofortress bomber like the one that crashed at Thule. Had it not crashed, we would never have known that there were nuclear weapons on the Thule base. Foto Wikipedia.
The US confirms to the newspaper Berlingske that there is an upgrade of the Thule base for billions of dollars on the way. According to Berlingske, neither the Greenlandic government nor the Danish parliament know what upgrades the United States plans to implement. This is despite the fact that according to agreements between the USA, Greenland and Denmark, the USA must consult and inform the Danish and Greenlandic governments about any significant change in the USA's military operations in Greenland - though USA should not ask for permission to changes.
But all this only shows that the Americans do not have the great respect for their Danish and Greenlandic corporation partners, it does not show anything about actual territorial and political ambitions, as for example Truman and Trump revealed in their purchase offer.
But the establishment of an American consulate in Nuuk, which clearly aims to seek contact with oppositionel and dissatisfied Greenlandic politicians, shows a qualitative shift in American politics in relation to Greenland. Now they go for the throat.
Perhaps they thereby hope to be able to override the assurances of acceptance of Danish sovereignty of Greenland that they gave in connection with the sale of the West Indies in 1916 and again in return for Ambassador Kaufman's acceptance of their military intervention in Greenland in 1941.
As a president, Trump has shown his cards in relation to Greenland with his purchase offer. He most likely thinks, as probably most American politicians, that Greenland is part of the American continent, and it must of course and logically belong to the "United States of America" and not a small old-fashioned kingdom on the other side of the Atlantic.
The United States is an empire, populated by millions of inhabitants of many different races, religions and cultures. And empires constantly want to expand.
Native American reservations in the United States. "The Indian Removal Act" was signed on May 28, 1830 by US President Andrew Jackson. The law authorized the president to negotiate with southern, including Mid-Atlantic, native American tribes for their removal from their native territories and relocation to territories west of the Mississippi River. As can be seen today, the entire fertile area east of the Mississippi, most of the prairie and California is mostly cleared of indians, while there are many reservations in less attractive areas, especially in the southwestern desert states and in the mountainous states to the north. Foto Wikipedia.
1776 The United States of America was born as thirteen rebel colonies along the east coast of North America. Since then, the country has constantly expanded and increased its territory.
1783 the War of Independence against England ended and by the peace treaty the United States gained the right to the area between the Mississippi River and the Appalachian Mountains except Florida and Canada.
Between 1783 and 1848, the indigenous Native American tribes in this area were expelled or annihilated, leaving room for the states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi.
1803 the United States bought the colossal Louisiana area from France. This provided the opportunity to expel and exterminate the Indians from the prairie as well, eventually establishing the states of Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colerado, Wyoming, and Montana. Very quickly, the bisons on the prairie were also almost completely exterminated.
1820 Texas began to be populated by American farmers. In 1833, the Texans revolted and declared independence from Mexico. But it was not until 1870 that Texas became part of the United States of America. The original Apache Indians were relocated to five reservations in New Mexico.
The genocide in California signifies the extermination of the native Indians of California carried out by U.S. government agents and private militias in the 1800's. It began after the American conquest of California from Mexico, and the influx of settlers due to the discovery of gold in California. Between 1846 and 1873, it is estimated that government agents and private militias killed between 9,492 and 16,094 Native Americans in California. In addition, many thousands were starved or killed to death. Cases of slavery, kidnapping, rape, child segregation and expulsion were common. These actions were encouraged, tolerated and carried out by state authorities and private militias. Photo "Protecting The Settlers", Illustration by JR Browne for his work "The Indians Of California" 1864. Wikipedia.
1817 - while Florida still belonged to Spain - General Jackson attacked the Seminole Indians in Florida in the so-called First Seminole War, because the Indians provided shelter to runaway negro slaves and included them in their tribes.
1821 the United States bought Florida from Spain. In 1830, the U.S. Congress passed the "Indian Removal Act", which authorized the president to enter into negotiations with all tribes east of the Mississippi in order to move them to reservations west of the Mississippi.
1835 triggered the attempt to move the Seminoles to Oklahoma Second Seminole War, which became the most expensive Native American war that the United States ever waged, both economically and in terms of American losses. It was not until 1842 that most of the Seminoles gave up and were deported to Oklahoma. However, a small group managed to hide in the swamps.
1846 a short-lived republic, California, seceded from Mexico and got its own flag with a star and a brown bear.
1848 the United States conquered Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and the rest of California from Mexico. The Republic of California was merged with the newly conquered part into the state of California and incorporated into the United States. But as early as 1846, American militias began an extensive extermination of the Indians in California.
1867 Alaska was bought from Russia.
1893 Hawaii was practically incorporated into the United States as Queen Liliuokalani was deposed. However, the President of the United States rejected the coup plotters' request to annex the islands. Instead, the Republic of Hawaii was established in 1894 with the American Sanford B. Dole as president. It was not until 1900 that Hawaii gained U.S. territory status.
1898 Puerto Rico was conquered by the United States after the island had been ruled by Spain for 400 years.
1898 the United States conquered the island of Guam in the western Pacific after it had been Spanish possession for four hundred years. The island was occupied by Japan in 1941, but the United States took it back in 1944. It is home to a large US air and naval base. The original Malaya-Polynesian inhabitants, Chamorus, are today in the minority, making up only 37% of the population. A motley mix of different Asians, Filipinos, Koreans, Chinese, Japanese and Americans make up the majority of the population.
1899 the emperor's Germany and the United States divided the Samoa islands in the western Pacific between them, ignoring that Samoa was already ruled by their own ruler, Tuimanu'a Elisala Alalamua. The American part became the territory "American Samoa". The United States built the naval base "Pago Pago Bay". During World War II, there were more U.S. Marines stationed in American Samoa than the local population, and it got enormous cultural significance.
1917 the three West Indies islands of St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix were purchased from Denmark and named the U.S. Virgin Islands.
1944 the United States conquered the "Northern Mariana Islands" in the Pacific Ocean north of Guam from Japan, wanting the islands as a base for bombing raids against Japan. Both bombers, which dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, flew their missions from the "Northern Mariana Islands". The Marianas have a population size of about 50,000, much like Greenland, many of the islands are uninhabited.
And so on, I have probably overlooked a lot. A very typical course of events has been that a border area was infiltrated by Americans, then this area seceded from a possible European motherland or similar with support and protection from the US. Only after a few years was the area under jubilation declared American territory and perhaps later declared a state. That was the case with Texas, California and Hawaii.
Ishi, the last of the Yahi tribe, on the right, and Anthropology professor Alfred L. Kroeber on the left in 1911. During the genocide of the Indians in California in the 1800's, Ishi and his tribe were attacked in 1865 by other Indians in the Three Knolls massacre in which 40 of his tribal relatives were killed. 33 Yahi Indians managed to escape, but cattle breeders killed about half of the survivors. The last survivors, including Ishi and his family, hid in forests and mountains for the next 44 years, while their tribe was considered extinct. But in connection with a forest fire in 1911, Ishi appeared in a barn at the age of fifty. The sheriff was summoned and he was handcuffed. He lived his last five years as a caretaker at the University of California, San Francisco, eagerly studied by anthropologists. Foto Wikipedia.
Greenland is probably intended for a similar development, but it is difficult to imagine that the island can become a state.
Our best hope is that empires tend to decay when they can no longer expand, as the Roman Empire did. It is not an unfounded hope. The United States is filled with drugs of all kinds and the streets are ravaged by criminals. We can hope that the United States will be split into more rival nations that will keep each other busy so that we can have Greenland in peace.
The Danish Politicians have submissively made the task easy for the Americans. They have already prepared for Greenland's secession in the form of the "Self-Government Act", which was signed by Her Majesty the Queen on 12 June 2009. It states in section 21. "Decision on Greenland's independence are made by the Greenlandic people." Which is generally interpreted to mean that the Inuits can detach themselves from the Danish Commonwealth with today's notice - easy and uncomplicated.
Former Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen put in practice Greenland within the reach of the United States by defining Denmark and Greenland as two nations that could be separated at day's notice, and by tacitly acknowledging that the Inuits, who live almost exclusively on the southern part of the West Coast, have the right to the whole island with all its resources forever. Foto Fabio Pozzebom/ABr - Agencia Brasil Wikipedia.
The driving force in the formulation and subsequent adoption of the "Self-Government Act" was the then Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen. It was one of his last major deeds as prime minister. He was appointed Secretary-General of NATO only four months after the law came into force.
One can imagine that an American takeover of Greenland takes place in the following way:
Through personal contacts, the Americans convince leading Greenlandic politicians that the country will flow with milk and honey, if only they can get rid of the Danes. The Greenlandic politicians make an unrealistic demand for more services from Denmark. It is rejected, and they then declare Greenland's Independence.
It is not immediately accepted in Copenhagen, which leads to riots in Nuuk, where the very few representatives of Denmark are arrested or perhaps even killed. Most Danish soldiers are stationed in various shit-holes in the warm countries and therefore there are only quite a few in Greenland, and they are quickly overpowered.
American "experts", abundant quantities of food, weapons and other supplies immediately flow into the country as "emergency aid" to the poor war-torn country. After some time, one of the USA's close allies offers mediation between Greenland and Denmark. A peace is concluded in which Greenland becomes "independent" but nevertheless keeps a very insignificant and formal connection to Denmark in order to make it look like the Americans are keeping their promises to accept Danish supremacy of Greenland.
The neigbourhood Qinngorput i Nuuk, Grønland. Foto Nanopixi Wikipedia.
Over the following years, Greenland is gradually being effectively taken over by American businessmen and military, and the Inuits, who have now done their duty, are given a purely symbolic and ceremonial role.
After a few years, Greenland will finally be declared American territory. The Greenlandic flag will be lowered and Stars and Stripes will be hoisted to the sound of patriotic speeches, brass orchestras and cheers.
Everywhere Americans go, it flows with drugs and funny pills, as it does in the United States today. This will also be the case in Greenland and the Inuits will not be able to cope with it. They will disintegrate into prostitution, alcohol, funny pills and other drugs even faster than the surviving Indians did in North America.
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