Thanks to URR’s post this day, spurred on by his comment previous to this post here, I thought it worthwhile to post some of Kipling’s “Dane-Geld” (scroll down to see it, although the rest of the entries are worth reading, too:
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, Nor matter how trifling the cost; For the end of that game is oppression and shame, And the nation that plays it is lost!”
I first heard it declaimed, without notes and without error, from the mouth of the great John Farnam, after the Urban Rifle Course back in, oh, 2012? 2013? It’s worth bookmarking and memorizing.
(If only today’s Danes were that terrifying! Holger Danske, where are you when we need you??)
Millions for defense, I say, and not one cent for tribute.