Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Denmark to the Jihad: Drop Dead

Do you remember Fabrizio Quattrocchi?

He was an Italian civilian who was held hostage in Iraq by Muslim terrorists and eventually murdered by his abductors. Unlike so many of his fellow Western hostages, who went whimpering and pleading to their deaths, Mr. Quattrocchi ripped the hood off his head and shouted, “Now I’ll show you how an Italian dies!” just before he was shot to death.

Denmark is doing something similar. Collectively — as a nation — it is saying to the Great Jihad, “Now I’ll show you what a Dane thinks of death threats!”

Steen and TB have been keeping me informed of the responses in the Danish media to yesterday’s arrest of the Muslim terrorists who plotted to kill Kurt Westergaard. Mr. Westergaard is the artist who drew the famous and iconic “turban bomb” cartoon of Mohammed, one of the twelve Motoons that so inflamed the “Muslim street” back in early 2006.

Below is the front page from this morning’s Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten (photo by Steen):

Kurt Westergaard’s drawing in Jyllands-Posten

The headline reads, “He must be killed for a drawing.”

The drawing is a new self-portrait of the cartoonist standing in the midst of a Allah-bomb explosion, with one arm holding a Danish flag, and the other holding a pen. The text below the cartoon is too hard for me to translate easily, but it’s similar to yesterday’s quote from Mr. Westergaard:

I have turned fear into anger and indignation. It has made me angry that a perfectly normal everyday activity which I used to do by the thousand was abused to set off such madness. I have attended to my work and I still do. I could not possibly know for how long I have to live under police protection; I think, however, that the impact of the insane response to my cartoon will last for the rest of my life. It is sad indeed, but it has become a fact of my life.

Steen says the turban bomb cartoon was on the front page of all seven of today’s major Danish dailies, plus the tabloids. Visit his blog to see a photo of a pile of this morning’s newspapers: turban bombs as far as the eye can see.

According to some of my other Danish contacts, billboards and posters of the drawing are prominent all over Copenhagen.

Nyhedsavisen published the following editorial this morning (translated by TB):
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Nyhedsavisen: Jyllands-Posten was right

The murder threats against the artist Kurt Westergaard show that Jyllands-Posten did the right thing when they published the Mohammed drawings.

By chief editor Simon Andersen

Allah go boom!More than two years ago Kurt Westergaard— for many years an artist for Jyllands-Posten — sat down at his table and drew the lines that were to trigger the biggest crisis in the history of recent Danish foreign policy. And, as we now know, it would also jeopardize Westergaard’s own life.

Tuesday it was clear to us that the drawings, after two and a half years, still create such hatred that Muslims living here are ready to kill because of them.

Everybody can distance themselves from the murder plans. But no one discussing it, no matter what he might think about the drawings in Jyllands-Posten, has the slightest understanding of this horrific act which, according to PET, was being planned: the killing of Westergaard. So far, so good.

Meanwhile, in an absurd way these murder plans are evidence that Jyllands-Posten, in spite of the appalling consequences, did what was necessary by challenging some Muslims’ views on democracy and freedom of speech.

JP was right; Politiken was wrong

Since the crisis, commentators such as Tøger Seidenfaden have tried to make us believe that Jyllands-Posten’s sole mission was to insult Muslims by stepping on their holy prophet; on the other hand Jyllands-Posten has argued that the drawings needed to be published so as to draw attention to the fact that freedom of speech is sacred, and that the right to think, speak and draw freely is threatened.

The critique of Jyllands-Posten must now become silent. Feel free to call it a provocation, but it was a necessary provocation. Not all of the drawings where of equal quality, but Westergaard’s was good, and it was right: It was spot-on cartooning to create Mohammed with a bomb in his turban, not to insult Mohammed, but to tell an alarming truth: that the vast bulk of the terrorism that we have been witnessing in recent years is committed by Muslims in the name of Mohammed. Therefore Westergaard’s drawing was not only allowable, it was right and true.

The blinkers of the left

The left attacked Tuesday — yes, rightly — the questionable policy in which the authorities can suspect someone of murder and then deport them without trial. But this is not the major problem of our society.

The big challenge for this country is that there live among us young people with a Muslim background who are ready to create bombs and kill artists. Ready to kill in the name of their god.

So this is how Denmark responds to Islamic rage. The Muslims will just have to deal with it.

It’s important to remember that Mr. Westergaard is not the only cartoonist who lives under threat, and Denmark is not the only country facing Islamic intimidation. Lars Vilks, the Swedish artist who gave us the Modoggies, has also received death threats.

Our Swedish correspondent Carpenter wrote us this morning:

As you know, a terror plot against Kurt Westergaard was recently discovered and thwarted in Denmark. And now it has been discovered that followers of a certain religion have been in possession of a map of Lars Vilks’ house and documents on military night-vision binoculars:

The Local has the story, quoting from today’s Dagens Nyheter.

In the online version of Dagens Nyheter’s article, no Mohammed cartoon appears. But in today’s paper version they printed a small-size Modoggie. Thought I’d mention it!

I don’t subscribe to Dagens Nyheter. Like all Swedish media it’s Multiculturalist, PC and has a “culture section” (DN-Kultur) that is Hamas-supportive, “climate aware”, feminist, Communist, frequently compares Denmark to Nazi Germany, and nowadays lets Hizbullah supporter Andreas Malm write brain-dead articles on the “Rise of Islamophobia” in Europe caused by Bat Ye’or, Mark Steyn and Bruce Bawer, among others… I’m very reluctant to pay one single penny to such a paper. I discovered that they printed old Mo at my regular coffee shop.

Here’s the story from The Local:

Terror suspects had map of Vilks’ house

Sweden’s Economic Crimes Bureau (EBM) has confiscated a map of the Skåne home of artist Lars Vilks, along with documents on military night-vision binoculars.

Skåne police and Vilks say they were not informed of the raid which led to the find.

The seizure was conducted in November during a house search carried out against two men in the Stockholm suburb of Spånga.

“This sounds like the most serious threat thus far because it appears to have been planned out,” said Vilks to Dagens Nyheter.

One of the men, 42-years-old, is suspected of crimes related to the embezzlement of money from pre-schools in Tensta and Rinkeby.

The Swedish Security Service (Säpo) suspect the 42-year-old and others may have funneled money from Sweden to foreign terrorist organizations.

A ModoggieBoth Torsten Elofsson, head of the criminal police department for northwest Skåne, and Thomas Servin, head of Skåne’s police intelligence division, deny having been informed about the seizure of the map.

Last July, a local farm in Värmland planned to hold an exhibition of Vilk’s drawings featuring the prophet Mohammed as a roundabout dog.

The drawings were removed from the exhibition, but they were later published in several newspapers.

A drawing featuring the head of Mohammed on the body of a dog appeared in the local newspaper Nerikes Allehanda, leading to a storm of protests against Sweden in several Muslim countries.

Both the newspaper’s editor and Vilks received death threats following the incident, with Vilks eventually getting police protection.

Denmark has responded to Muslim bullying by spreading insulting cartoons of the Prophet as widely as possible.

How will Sweden respond if a comparable Modoggie crisis erupts? We’ll have to wait and see.


Fellow Peacekeeper said...

Denmark .... AGAIN.

But what is it about Denmark, despite their socialist tendencies in other areas (like taxes and welfare) to resist so resolutely the inroads of PC and dhimmism? Unlike Sweden, France, Norway, Canada, the UK? Something in the education system or bureacracy? It matters, since almost alone of the old west Denmark is singular proof that modernism does not neccessarily lead to abject weak liberalism .... interesting .... .

Henrik R Clausen said...

We're too insensitive to get scared?

I didn't see any billboards with the Motoon, but Extrabladet (largest tabloid) put the bomb-in-turban on its advertising poster for today. That's pretty good.

Also, not every one of the dailies have the actual Motoon on the front page. Some are inside. And the ones I've seen are HUGE, like ½ page of a fullsheet page.

It's been a good day today.

More significant, though, is the Turkish assault on Germany based on the Ludwigshafen fire. That deserves attention and scrutiny.

Yorkshireminer said...

I posted this on an earlier thread, but I think it is more appropriate here, so I will post it again. I spent a delightful hour this afternoon browsing the Danish Newspapers and Bloggs and some of the comments have been gems. A robust contempt describes it nicely. Here is my take on the events of the day.

It has not been a bad news day for Denmark, I think that they won this one. From what I gather there have been 17 newspapers in Denmark that have printed the cartoon and one in Sweden. There is hope for the Swedes yet.

Pia Kjærsgaard and Naser Khader want to get rid of the Danish Blasphemy laws, if that happens it will be one less stick that the Muslims can use to try and beat us into submission with.

Pia Kjærsgaard, seemed to be in an irritated mood, when interviewed about her opinions about the comments of the Islamic Faith society. No punches pulled here.

“The Islamic faith society is blowing on the fire when they criticize the Danish legal system for deporting the two Tunisians suspected of planning the murder of cartoonist Kurt Westergaard.
I think they are inflaming the situation instead of calling for calm: as usual. It is deeply deeply offensive in relation to the Danish legal system It is completely lawful what is happening and it is not their law, we shall live after. Naturally shall they be deported and for my sake they can take there numerous wives we see on T.V. with them”, said Pia Kjærsgaard.

Ritzau ( Danish news agency) “It is not only the Islamic faith society that are criticizing the the deportations without due process of law, many legal experts are criticizing it as well?”

“You can do that in relation to the terror laws, so is it. That is certainly no reason for criticism”, said Pia Kjærsgaard.

The Islamic faith society has been very muted in their comments at their press conference. By the way They are not going to send delegations to the Middle East. Allah be praised. One has got to admire the way they dissimulate and dodge and weave. I particularly admired this piece of pious crap, from Kasem Ahmad. I don't think it fooled anybody, and it is what most likely irritated Pia. Please enjoy, it is absolutely priceless.

“While the faith society means that it is wounding that many newspapers are publishing the drawings it is a different situation than the 30th of September when the Morning Paper published the 12 drawings.
The difference is that the Jutland Post's project was to show that Islam was ammunition for the terrorists. This time to show sympathy with a threatened cartoonist.”

Henrik R Clausen said...

Debate on blogs in the Danish media is certainly hardening. We're seeing practically nothing shifting in the Muslims' points of view, but the Danes - they're shifting, for the harder.

I'm participating in a relatively mild manner, dropping in relevant bits and pieces of documentation where I find it of tactical value.

One blogger took me a bit to task for this, explaining me how hopelessly bad Islam is. Amusing :)

Nyhedsavisen, the most important giveaway daily, has gone completely into the Jyllands-Posten camp. That's a great change. Politiken and Berlingske are moving, but still hesitating to give complete, unconditional support to JP. They always have some silly objections and reservations.

laller said...

By the way, muslims have been rioting in Copenhagen for a few nights now; burning cars, throwing stones at police, attacking journalists(just heard on TV2 NEWS that a Jyllands-Posten journalist was kicked numerous times in the head tonight) attacking fire-engines etc. The rioting had nothing to do with the motoons but with police doing their jobs.
Tonight, there are riots in Copenhagen again. However, tonight there are also riots in the suburbs and a few other towns. Guess what muslim "youths" are using as excuse for tonights rioting - That's right, the motoons...

Wyrdtimes said...

May the Gods bless Denmark.

Anonymous said...

"Something is right on in Denmark." (Sorry, Bill.)

Could it be that, at long last Europe is reaching what I call "the Popeye Point" ("That's all I can stands, 'cause I can't stands no more!")?

"Oh frabjous day...!"

The Average Joe

Zeppo: "Is that three quotes or four quotes?"

Groucho: "Make it three quotes. Four quotes is a gallon."

Henrik R Clausen said...

Latest on the riots is that riot police has shown up in force and 'pursuaded' the rioters to go home and catch some sleep.

It's being debated to equip the police with water cannons. I think it'd be a good idea. That would put out the fires and clean the street of rabble in one operation.

In Russet Shadows said...

And the most cowardly of all, the jellyfish of the journalist world, the cauldrons of the moronic and the depraved newsmen, the weak-willed and the lily-livered, are those from the United States. To my knowledge, not a single paper in the U.S. printed any of the original 12 cartoons. Those long years of licking the feet of whatever fashionable oppression dawned o'er the world has apparently rotted their intestines from the inside out!

Frank said...

Kudos for Denmark. I'm embarrassed that Canada actually hauled someone in before the kangaroo court of the Human Rights Commission for printing the damned cartoons.

Incidentally, the charges again Ezra Levant have been dropped...not by the HRC, as should have happened, but by the complainant, because the attempt backfired on him. Levant is going to sue him.

Timbre said...

Time to buy more "Royal Dansk" butter cookies...and sign up with the Danish Embassy as a "supporter" in times of need.

Long live the Spirit of Holger Danske; "Jeg er faerdig!"

nikolai said...

Much kudos to the Danes.

Francis W. Porretto said...

Let there be no mistake: This is a provocation. A necessary provocation. When Neal Boortz said on his radio program that "We're more than happy to stand toe to toe with you and trade blows," it was a harbinger of things to come. All that we required was a touch of the flint -- and the brave Danes of Jyllands-Posten have risen to the occasion.

Free men must respond to Islamic belligerence with an incomparably greater degree of belligerence: enough to whip the Islamic cur back into its Middle Eastern kennel and keep it there. By now we must know that we cannot commingle our society with theirs; they will not have it, or us. Therefore they must be kept away from us, by law and popular revulsion if possible, by force if necessary. The alternative is too gruesome to contemplate.

Henrik R Clausen said...

Update from Denmark:

We're having some Intifada-style insurgency in several spots in Copenhagen, as well as in my town Brabrand (not my part of town :), where it turned quite ugly.

Attacks on fire brigades and journalists are increasingly common.

I hope they tire of this. There's no real sense of purpose or demands to these insurgencies. It's just violence.

On the surface, that is. Below it runs the confrontation. And judging from blog comments, noone's gonna give. The PC press tries, but is largely cornered, even on the comments on its own blog.

Charlemagne said...

I plan to be a broken record on this subject which I originally brought up quite some months ago: provocation is the ONLY way to prevent Islamization because by provoking the Muslims more and more people are brought into reality. It will take much more to change the current trajectory of an Islamic Europe. I only pray we can be successful.

Henrik R Clausen said...

Charlemagne, you're absolutely right. We need more insulting of fake prophets, and to deal with the ensuing riots.

Insulting 'Turkishness' is related, and equally important, as can be seen in Germany in recent weeks.

BTW, I heard someone got a print-it-yourself file for Motoon stickers. I'm sure it can be found somewhere and applied anywhere.