July 16, 2005


GRATING DANE (Tony & Tacky, July 15, 200, Opinion Journal)

A Danish court found Aage Bjerre guilty of discrimination Tuesday, and he will spend eight days in jail for refusing to serve French and German customers in his pizza shop on Denmark's Fanoe island. Mr. Bjerre instituted the ban in 2003 to protest France and Germany's opposition to U.S.-led efforts to overthrow Saddam Hussein. The initial response in tolerant Denmark included rampant vandalism against his pizzeria, now sold. Mr. Bjerre told AP Tuesday that while he chose jail over a $900 fine, "eight days is a small price to pay when American soldiers go to Iraq and risk their limbs and lives."

Posted by Matt Murphy at July 16, 2005 10:03 AM

I don't think so. It's one thing to boycott say French wine, it's quite another to boycott the people, even if it could be said there's overlap involved.

Posted by: RC at July 16, 2005 10:56 AM

Maybe we should give him a green card.

Posted by: Brandon at July 16, 2005 11:12 AM


I agree it's bad to boycott the people, but I still love the guy for his attitude. Check out his lapel pin.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at July 16, 2005 1:44 PM

The modern day example of OJ's theme: freedom vs security. And he lost his artificial freedom because he chose his inner freedom. This guy knows more about freedom & security than a lot of people.

Posted by: Lan Nguyen at July 16, 2005 2:52 PM

We Americans did the same to a restaurant owner in Ames, Iowa, back in 1979, when he refused to serve Iranians.

He didn't go to jail, but we bludgeoned him into submission.

Freedom starts at home.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at July 16, 2005 3:49 PM

Proving once again that the Dane's are stand up guys.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at July 17, 2005 8:03 PM