The idea is particularly appalling to Greenlandic-Danes for three reasons. First, Greenland has its own language, culture, and history. The notion of buying a nation wholesale is deeply disrespectful to the painful colonial history of Greenland.
Even though President Trump’s interest in buying Greenland has been mocked and vehemently rejected, he shouldn’t worry too much about US’ geopolitical positioning in the Arctic. As a small country, Denmark depends on US support to defend Greenland’s 27,000 miles of coastline against Russia. This dependency means the foreign policy of Denmark is tailored to favor American interests — from allowing air bases with nuclear weapons to supporting the US invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. No matter how obscene and inconsiderate an offer President Trump might make when he visits Denmark in September, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen will probably keep up the tradition of appeasing the US President as best she can.
Greenland will not be sold — but the US will have privileged access to the island. No wonder the people of Greenland look forward to the day they no longer have to be a bargaining chip tossed between Denmark and the United States.
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