|Step 1:||A trivial incident — a cartoon, a video, a book, an interview with a prominent public figure — is inflated into a huge outrage against the world’s 1.3 billion Muslims.|
|Step 2:||During Friday prayers, fire-breathing imams exhort the faithful to “defend the honor of the Prophet”.|
|Step 3:||Muslims in Jordan, Pakistan, and Indonesia take to the streets, burn infidel flags, and kill a few of each other.|
|Step 4:||Muslim countries institute a boycott against products manufactured by the offending Western nations.|
|Step 5:||Moderate spokesmen for Islamic groups appear on television and offer soothing words about peace and understanding, but… the violence of some of their co-religionists, regrettable though it may be, is understandable and hard to prevent, given the offense to their Islamic sensibilities.|
|Step 6:||Muslim ambassadors pay calls on heads of state and government in the Western countries involved, and insist that the host country needs to do more to understand Islam and promote constructive dialogue.|
|Step 7:||Officials in Western countries offer abject apologies and make concessions to Muslims, which usually involve massive “aid” programs to poor Muslim countries, all-halal menus in school lunchrooms, allowing women to wear burkhas on public transport, etc.|
|Step 8:||Muslim leaders proclaim that Islam is mollified (for the moment), and the world returns to a state of multicultural harmony.|
|Step 9:||Repeat steps 1 through 8 as often as necessary.|
The other day I posted about a Mohammed-insulting cartoon that was published in a Norwegian newspaper. Now it seems that Norway has reached Step 6 in the good ol’ Islamic Shakedown: the Pakistani ambassador to Norway has issued some thinly-veiled threats (as translated by our Danish correspondent Kepiblanc):
Ambassador: Caricature is Terror
Pakistan’s ambassador to Norway calls the caricature in Adresseavisen ‘terror’ and fears that Norwegian lives might be lost as a consequence of it
[Photo caption: Visiting the king: Ambassador Rab Nawaz Khan was received by King Harald at an audience when he arrived in Norway 2006. Now Khan firmly opposes the drawing in Adresseavisen.]
Notice in the photo how much the ambassador resembles a Mafia don — or am I just prejudiced?
The article continues:
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Earlier this week the newspaper published what is seen by many as a caricature of the prophet Muhammad. The ambassador fears the consequences when the drawing becomes more widely known in large Islamic countries, such as Pakistan.
“Muslim societies all over the world will be offended. This is an act of terror,” says ambassador Rab Nawaz Khan to TV2.
He thinks that the publication might stir up strong reactions and that people might lose control. Consequently, Norwegian lives might be endangered, he opines.
“Don’t forget that there are many Norwegian companies in Pakistan,” says Khan.
The embassy has handed over a formal note of protest to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD).
Spokeswoman Anne Lene Dale Sandsten of the UD says that the protest is taken seriously, but she declines to comment in detail about the ambassador’s claims. She fears that doing so might escalate the whole affair.
Kepiblanc included with his translation an afterword with some background on the situation in Norway:
Translator’s notes: Adresseavisen is a very old, historic term originating way back when newspapers were more like ‘bulletins’ or ‘journals’ combined with advertising. This particular daily is Norway’s oldest, situated in Trondheim — one of the best-known Viking settlements.
By the way, according to the newest poll in Norway, Fremskrittspartiet — Norway’s version of “The Danish People’s Party” — has surpassed the other political parties in Norway and is currently the biggest party in the country. It is strongly opposed to immigration, especially Muslim immigration. If Norway had an election right now, the party’s chairwoman, Siv Jensen, could become Prime Minister. Alas, the Norwegian Constitution doesn’t allow elections outside a fixed, four-year schedule.
Hat tip: TB.