Of Danegeld and Iranians

s749518301978605088_c4_i3_w640From Fortune Magazine

The controversial $400 million payment that the U.S. sent to Iran in January, just as four American hostages were released—a planeload of Euros, Swiss Francs and other currencies—was only the first of three American cash deliveries to the country, the Obama administration reportedly told lawmakers on Tuesday.

During the 19 days following the first shipment, the U.S. sent two more planeloads of cash, totaling $1.3 billion, to Tehran, reports The Wall Street Journal. The two planeloads, which passed through Europe on Jan. 22 and Feb. 5, followed the same route as the earlier payment, a congressional aide who was briefed told the Journal. In the first payment, an Iranian cargo plane picked up the money in Geneva.

via TREASON: Obama admits he really payed 1.7 BILLION to the Iranians – The Right Scoop

Ralph Peters called it a bribe, and the post that I took that quote from calls it Jizya. In neither case do I think they are exactly wrong, but I think it something else.

When we combine it with the continuing naval harassment in the gulf, it reminds me of something.

We all know that Obama is not fond of the Anglo-Saxon part of his heritage, or indeed of England/Great Britain/ the United Kingdom, many would add the United States to the list. That’s as may be, but it begs the question, has he learned the lessons that came down in that heritage? We learned many years ago about this.

More than a century ago Rudyard Kipling brought our attention to our ancient wisdom, when he wrote


A.D. 980-1016
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!”

And that is why Saxon silver was found all over the Viking world, they hadn’t learned that yet, and that is also why at the end of the Viking age, we find the King of Norway and the Duke of Normandy contesting the Danish heir to the English throne.

Anyone who was bullied as a child knows the answer, though. When confronted on the schoolyard, win or lose, one must stand up to the bully, or the bullying will continue. Too bad that our PC Administration never learned that lesson. Even Thomas Jefferson learned; that’s how the USMC got their sword, right in that neighborhood, in Lybia to be exact.

And as we are relearning to our sorrow, nobody respects the man who pays the Danegeld.

Reminded me of this, as well

They used to say that you don’t have to worry about that angering the United States because they might drop a couple of hundred bombs on you. You have to worry about angering the United States because they might drop two bombs on you.


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8 Responses to Of Danegeld and Iranians

  1. the unit says:

    Oh, it’s not Dane-Geld paid the Iranians. It’s not ransom. And we used to have treaties to be ratified by the Senate too. I hear not anymore. Dane-Geld, ransom, a not a treaty, all just a president’s agreements according to The Won or One. “Elections have consequences” and “I won.”
    And as he told the Laotian students, Americans are lazy. So by Kipling and et al., huh?
    Well, “that’s not who we are.” 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • NEO says:

      Yeah, about that lazy Americans line, well I think he ought to spend a month on a line crew…he’s find out who is lazy, if he lived through the first day, with guys like those that brought me up, and they were mostly in their 50s then.

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    • I wonder how long he would last in an Infantry School, then on to Jump School, then into the real deal? With no favors, just pulling your own weight! And btw most of course are hardly older than their early 30’s if there officers, as too many of the senior NCO’s.

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      • NEO says:

        Half way to lunch time on the first day of basic, is my bet.

        Liked by 1 person

        • Btw try seeking to stay out front in your 40’s with these young men… somehow I did it? I was crazy, but full of it then! Death Before Dishonor! And even now the heart is willing, but of course not the body! 😉

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        • NEO says:

          I hear that. 🙂

          Liked by 1 person

  2. the unit says:

    Just came in. First work day to make it sun up to sun down. My body is asking and wants to know. “Did you refuse to pay Dane-Geld and have to do all this trimming yourself, Lazy Bones?” 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • NEO says:

      My body has asked that now and again. 🙂


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