Dane appointed Secretary General of NATO
by Mikkel Stjernholm Kragh
The words of the Bible were fulfilled on the 4th of April, 2009, when the Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen was appointed to be the next Secretary General of NATO, the military alliance which incorporates the great majority of the Israel nations.
One of the things that Anders Fogh Rasmussen is best remembered for among the Danes is his unconditional - and often very unpopular - support of the former American President Bush’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is generally believed that this was the primary reason for Anders Fogh Rasmussen being appointed as Secretary General of NATO.
The brave tribe of Dan
Of all the nations participating in the American-led war in Afghanistan, Denmark is the nation that has lost most soldiers compared to the size of the nation’s population (followed by Canada, the UK, Estonia, and only then the USA). In April 2008 the American Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, visited Denmark and commended Denmark for being one of the handfull of NATO countries that carried the burden in the war in Afghanistan. These are parallels to the Danite judge Samson, who was a mighty and brave warrior who defended Israel (Judges chap. 13-16).
"Dan is a lion's whelp: he shall leap from Bashan." (Deuteronomy 33:22)
Moses’ blessing to Dan
When Moses blessed the tribes of Israel, before they entered the Promised Land to possess it, Moses did not just prophesy of the tribes - he gave them blessings. It is written that Moses gave the following blessing to the tribe of Dan:
”And of Dan he said, Dan is a lion’s whelp: he shall leap from Bashan.” (Deuteronomy 33:22)
When the 12 tribes lived in Canaan, Dan had two different territories. Dan’s first territory was on the border to the tribes of Ephraim, Judah, and Benjamin, and the Philistines. This territory was too small for the tribe of Dan, so the tribe later acquired its second territory in the very north of Canaan, with Naphtali and Asher to the west, and the half tribe of Manasseh in Gilead and Bashan to the east.
Bashan, Gilead, and America
Gilead was the son of Machir, who was the son of Manasseh and his Aramite concubine (1 Chronicles 7:14). The name Machir even resembles America. Bashan and half of Gilead was the half tribe of Manasseh’s territory east of the Jordan.
Bashan and Gilead correspond to the ”very American” aspects of America, in contrast to the half tribe of Manasseh in the Promised Land itself (between Ephraim’s, Issachar’s, and Zebulun’s territories), which corresponds to the more moderate, British and European oriented aspects of America. Upstate New York, where I have lived for more than a year, is, for example, not more different from Denmark than the UK or Germany are different from Denmark.
When Moses blessed the tribe of Dan, saying: ”Dan is a lion’s whelp: he shall leap from Bashan”, it therefore meant that Dan would be blessed by this blessing of Moses, when Dan ”leapt”, followed, or was inspired by the ”very American” aspects of America.
The Bush presidency represents America in its “Bashan aspect”. Bush was from Texas, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were launched almost only to serve American (and the Jewish) interests.
Highest office held by a Dane
It is in these American-led wars that Anders Fogh Rasmussen gave Denmark’s unconditional support right from the beginning.
By supporting the very American President Bush and his American-led wars, Anders Fogh Rasmussen has thereby – without realizing it – bestowed Moses’ blessing to Dan upon himself, which is testified in the fact that he has now been appointed to the highest international office a Dane has ever held.
Moses’ blessing to the tribe of Dan is, however, to the entire tribe of Dan, and not about Anders Fogh Rasmussen in particular.