So, on Danish television yesterday [September 24th], Kurt Westergaard, the artist responsible for the most famous of the Mohammed cartoons, the ‘turban bomb’, met with Kasem Said Ahmad, who is currently the foreman of the Islamic Faith Society. The meeting was billed as an attempt at ‘dialogue’ (a word that has been very popular of late) but failed in this when Kasem Said Ahmad, failing to receive an apology from Kurt Westergaard, stood up and walked out.- - - - - - - - - -
Kasem Said Ahmad is quoted at JP as explaining, “I became angry and walked away. We were never even close to each other and nothing I had expected came from the meeting. I had thought he would apologise having regretted what he did”.
The meeting took place at the artist’s home and it is the first time Kurt Westergaard has stood forward on television to explain his drawing. If it were me, I’d be more than slightly concerned that Kasem Said Ahmad knew where I lived. The man is an uncompromising extremist and I am not surprised his only reason for wanting ‘dialogue’ was to get an apology.
So it seems pretty definite now that the cartoonist is not in hiding; that’s good to know.