Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Denmark’s leader, was one of the few European politicians who refused to give in to pressure from fundamentalists in the Middle East when a Danish newspaper published the now infamous “Mohammed cartoons.” His attitude was welcomed by may Europeans, especially by conservatives. He was quickly promoted to “hero of the freedom of speech,” and became one of the old continent’s most popular politicians.
But then something changed. Rasmussen set his eyes upon NATO. He wanted to become the organization’s next secretary general. An ambitious man, he proved willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish his goals.
One of those ‘things’: apologizing to the “Islamic world” for the cartoons.Rasmussen reportedly agreed. Dutch magazine Elsevier says he will do so tomorrow, in Istanbul.
One world leader bowing too deeply to a medieval monarch and another to apologize for his faith in the freedom of speech in his country, and for a something a newspaper did.