Guess what? The Danish government today expressed its regret over the Viking invasion of Ireland more than 1,000 years ago. The belated near apology came as thousands gathered to watch a replica Norse warrior ship pull into Dublin’s Docklands after an epic voyage across the North Sea. In a fit of diplomacy sparked by the sense of occasion, Danish Culture Minister Brian Mikkelson was moved to extend a surprise olive branch. “In Denmark we are certainly proud of this ship, but we are not proud of the damages to the people of Ireland that followed in the footsteps of the Vikings,” Mr Mikkelson whimpered.“But the warmth and friendliness with which you greet us today and the Viking ship show us that, luckily, it has all been forgiven.”
Isn’t this retro-historical apologising so beloved of liberals hilarious? It is true that the Vikings attacked the Irish 26 times in the first 25 years after their first appearance in Ireland, but the same Irish Annals that record this fact also mention attacks of Irishmen against Irish communities occurring 87 times within the same period! Whatever warrior spirit the Vikings had, it is clear that some Danes have long since lost it!