Yeah, not surprising when you glance ARLA's past and their notorious boycott of Israel. Over at Agora;
In a not-so-surprising move by Arla foods of Denmark, those of whining fame when the Battle of Khartoon first set in, Arla has launched a new advertising campaign in the Arab world. That’s not too bad in and of itself. BUT. They’ve decided to go about it by printing this statement in Arab newspapers together with TV commercials:
Arla Foods Distancing itself from the Cartoons
Statement from Arla Food.
At Arla Foods we feel that it is our duty to bring to your attention our position on the unfortunate event which took place a few months ago. We are also addressing the conference for International Support for the Prophet to take place on March 22 and 23 2006 to explain our point of view
Arla foods distances itself from the act of Jyllands-Posten in choosing to print caricatures of the Prophet Muhammed and we do not share the newspaper’s reasons for doing so.
Having been in the Middle East for 40 years, participating as an active and integrated part of the community, we understand that you feel offended. Our presence in the region has brought us knowledge of your culture, values and your religion, Islam. This understanding has been the basis of our being able to provide you with good products of the highest quality and with the taste you demand through many years. We have built brands such as Lurpak, Puck, The Three Cows and Dano through your confidence in our products. Therefore we understand and respect your reaction, leading to the boycott of our products as a result of the irresponsible and unfortunate incident.
Clearly they capitulated;
Apparently in order for Arla Foods - the producer of Lurpak and lots of danish chesse- to resume their markets and operations in the Middle East, they have to promise not to do any business with Israel - not trade goods with them, and not use their ports or anything of that nature. How messed up is that?
I don't know about you but I AM BOYCOTTNG ARLA (Lurpak, Puck, The Three Cows and Dano.) Spineless, dickless, dhimmis.
BUY DANISH BUT ONLY FROM NON DHIMMI COMPANIES, more here: History News Network
Hodja blog reported
To gain contracts in Middle-East countries Danish firms have signed contracts not to trade with Israel for several years. If Danish firms have done so - which other firms from EU and the US? Arla - the Danish dairy firm - says today - that such contracts are pure routine.
Maybe the time has come to check who you are dealing with - and who you are not dealing with.My Danish friends are embarrassed. To be honest, our Israeli readers have already provided us with some inkling about this. So, I am glad it is out in the open and, hopefully, will lead to a major rethinking on the part of the companies.
In other pathetic developments in the cartoon jihad;
Having shown courage by welcoming George W. Bush and cutting a landmark strategic deal with him, PM Singh is trying to appease his unhappy Muslim constituents by appealing to their most fanatical members. He stooped to "delaying" the visit of Danish PM Rasmussen to India. Radha Kumar writes:
Whatever happened to the steely resolve with which the Indian government pushed ahead, in the teeth of stiff opposition, with the nuclear deal? It appears to have vanished in the case of the Danish prime minister’s proposed visit. . . .Judith has more here
Stand up and be heard here; Unveiling the Danish Cartoons: A Discussion on Free Speech and WorldReaction from the Ayn Rand Institute, of course