It is always a temptation to an armed and agile nation to call upon a neighbour and to say:
“We invaded you last night – we are quite prepared to fight, unless you pay us cash to go away.”
And that is called asking for Dane-geld, and the people who ask it explain
That you’ve only to pay ’em the Dane-geld and then you’ll get rid of the Dane!
It is always a temptation for a rich and lazy nation, to puff and look important and to say: –
“Though we know we should defeat you, we have not the time to meet you, we will therefore pay you cash to go away.”
And that is called paying the Dane-geld; But we’ve proved it again and again,
That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld you never get rid of the Dane.
It is wrong to put temptation in the path of any nation, for fear they should succumb and go astray;
So when you are requested to pay up or be molested, you will find it better policy to say: —
“We never pay any-one Dane-geld, no matter how trifling the cost;
For the end of that game is oppression and shame, and the nation that pays it is lost!
Sadly, we have been paying Dane-geld. Under Both Presidents Bush, President Clinton, and, now, with a deep, subservient bow to tyrants, Obama. We have lost our Anglo-Saxon bearings.
While we still have warriors, we don’t allow them to fight. We have turned our armed forces into an armed Peace Corps, building things for primitives who show no gratitude, who will never repay us, and who would cut off our heads given half a chance.
“Hearts and minds” is just another form of Dane-geld, paying off the primitives in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere. And hoping that Iran’s nuclear program does not exist.
Perhaps a few more bows by Obama will do the trick…