Her i dag fik jeg nedenstående e-mail tilsendt. Et hurtigt blik på den lader antyde, at det drejer sig om sårede russiske følelser ovenpå den planlagte fjernelse af et krigsmonument i Tallinn. Teksten er ledsaget af et Hitler-lignende billede af Estlands premierminister, Ansip og et andet billede, der staver Estonia med to stiliserede s'er som fra Hitlers SS-korps.
Et meget kort referat om sagen kan findes her. Det virker naturligt at tro, at e-mailen er udsendt af en russisk-venlig person.
Men, i dette forum drejer det sig om noget andet. Nedenstående mail er nemlig ikke spam. Den er nemlig ikke kommerciel, hvilket er en forudsætning for, at en ikke-ønsket e-mail kan betegnes som spam. Den danske markedsføringslov, der forbyder spam, skriver i §6 om en erhvervsdrivende. Så spam er det ikke.
Jeg har godt nok ikke bedt om e-mailen, så den er uønsket.
Problemet er egentligt ikke nyt, og blev sidst diskuteret i forbindelse med folketingsvalget, hvor nogle politikere faldt for fristelsen og sendte politiske e-mails ud. Det kom dem næppe til gode, men de havde lovens ord for, at de ikke spammede.
På samme måde kan man sprøge, om det kommer afsendernes sag til gode.
Og endelig kan man overveje, om politikerne vil forbyde noget sådant. Ytringsfrihedsargumentet er også brugt for rigtig spam, men er der ignoreret. Hvad forskellen er på nedenstående e-mail og en spam-e-mail kan de færreste vist svare på - specielt hvis man kigger på irritationsmomentet.
"This campaign have been started by over 100 government employees across The European Union to stop the oppression of large minorities in Eastern European countries, many of which are now members of The EU. Estonia have in the last few days come to the fore-front of this group of countries with the desecration of a WWII grave and monument in Tallinn, just a few weeks before the official liberation day from the Nazis, the 9th of May. In most civilised societies rampaging a war grave or a monument paying tribute to those who fell in a war is totally beyond contemplation. If the monument or grave tributes fallen soldiers from another country, extreme care must be taken not to offend that country. The Estonian governments rampaging of the Soviet war monument and grave in Tallinn centre can be seen as nothing else than an act to humiliate the large ethnically Russian minority in Estonia.
This humiliation, however, has taken place since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. The new born free states of Eastern Europe, under developed and uncivilised, quickly started oppressing its own minorities. By refusing them basic rights and alienating them from the place most of them have lived their entire life. Minorities in these countries became a pariah cast in their own communities.
Most of the Western European EU states today see that the relaxed attitude towards the newly established states in Eastern Europe was a big mistake. By allowing, basically fascist attitudes, to make roots and starting a discriminatory and oppressing rule of government, we might now have little possibility to reverse this wrong. No parents would teach a child not to steal by allowing them to start stealing and then trying to not make them steal too much. We might now have to use stronger means to maintain a democratic, non-discriminatory and humane Europe, and that is to metaphorically flog some sense into our new EU member states. Only through decisive action might we change the course of nationalistic and fascist Eastern European member states. Should The European Union impose sanctions new member states that oppress minorities?
What You can do to help the Campaign
There are a number of things You can do to stop the oppression of minorities within the new EU countries and countries wanting to join the EU:
* Contact The European Ombudsman.The European Ombudsman investigates complaints against the institutions and bodies of the European Union (EU). You can complain to the Ombudsman about maladministration in the activities of these institutions and bodies. If you wish to submit your complaint electronically, the best way to do so is by using the Electronic Complaint Form. OR call Call the toll-free number* from anywhere in the EU during opening hours (9h00-18h30 CET on weekdays) 00 800 6 7 8 9 10 11 Or call the standard number + 32-2-299.96.96 from anywhere in the world (normal charges apply)
* Write a letter to Your member of parliament (both national and EU) stating that You do not wish EU to become a haven for oppressing regimes and that EU should take a firm stand towards member states oppressing minorities. This includes: Guaranteeing the right to language (making the language of significant minorities an official language in addition to existing official languages), right to citizenships (banning discriminating rules and regulations on who might become citizens of a country), right to social benefits (allowing minorities to have access to the same benefits as other citizens of the state) and finally the right to safety (ending physical and mental abuse of minorities by police and other groups)
* Advocate new legislation foreign investments in these low tax countries. Making foreign investors pay tax in their country of origin to compensate for low or none existing taxes in Eastern European EU states. This will in turn over time normalise the taxation in Eastern European EU states to EU standard, and thus allowing these states sufficient funds to use equal resources on all it's citizens.
* Advocate keeping Estonia and similar states outside Schengen and The Monetary Union. This is a major mean of pressure, and will show these states the right way. You should also advocate strict VISA and immigration rules for citizens of these states to Your country.
* Choose not to use labour from the ethnical majority of these states, but instead choose labour from the ethnical minorities - like Russian Estononians (positive re-enforcement of minorities).
* Boycott products manufactures in these countries. E.g.. Estonia manufactures many types of products. Check mobile phones, handy crafts, glass, wood furniture and textiles for country of origin. Choose to buy from other countries of origin.
* Or conatct this organisation:
Human Rights Watch http://www.hrw.org/ "