– The political idealism that has characterized our foreign and security policy for years has played bankrupt. The “War on Terror” game has gone bankrupt.
– Is it not high time that we here in Denmark get to deal with Anders Fogh’s foreign policy, which has so obviously failed ?, says Pia Olsen Dyhr in her speech.
It is being held on the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attack in New York on September 11, 2001. In the two decades since, Denmark has sent combat troops to Afghanistan and Iraq, among other places.
But the tumultuous parting with Afghanistan raises questions about whether the goal of stopping the terrorist threat was achieved, says Pia Olsen Dyhr.
– A few weeks ago, the Taliban finally occupied Afghanistan again. I fear that Afghanistan, just as it was in the 1990s, will become the hotbed of extreme Islamist groups.
– 20 years of war. And al-Qaeda was not defeated in Afghanistan, says Pia Olsen Dyhr.
She points out that the situation is uncertain also in Iraq despite the military efforts of Denmark and the West.
– The United States will soon withdraw from Iraq. Who knows what will happen there ?, says Pia Olsen Dyhr.
She emphasizes that SF’s Villy Søvndal and Holger K. Nielsen were among the politicians who sharply criticized the basis for the Iraq war.
– We owe Villy and Holger a big thank you for fighting that match in time, and for putting SF on the right side of the story, says Pia Olsen Dyhr.
SF also did not vote to send soldiers to Afghanistan, but later joined the Thorning government at a time when Denmark was in fierce fighting in Afghanistan, among other places.
Pia Olsen Dyhr hopes that the President of the United States, Joe Biden, will be able to unite the world’s democracies in a value struggle rather than a military struggle.
– I will follow President Biden’s efforts to create a Alliance of Democrats with great interest. Critical, but with great interest. Because I do not think Biden is a new Bush. And Biden is not Trump at all. We must give it a try.
– It is crucial for our freedom and our security that the foreign and security policy of the Bush-Fogh era is put on the shelf. Once and for all, says Pia Olsen Dyhr.
Source: The Nordic Page