Sammenhold for Danish Cartoonist

Sammenhold is Danish for solidarity.  In 2005, the Jyllands-Posten newspaper published several cartoons including one from Kurt Westergaard, depicting the Islamic prophet Mohammad with a bomb in his turban.
Link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/11/04/wcartoon04.xml

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For daring to show how Islamofascists use their theocracy as a tool for atrocities and terrorism, thousands of practitioners of the “peaceful religion of Islam” took to the streets across Scandinavia, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, calling for bloodshed:

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…and burning embassies:

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…and letting the West know what they think of freedom of speech:

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Some of them were caught in an attempt to carry out the death threats:

Heavily-armed Danish police today arrested five men alleged to have been planning to murder one of the cartoonists behind the controversial images of the Prophet Mohammed that caused uproar in the Islamic world.

The reported target of the alleged plot was Kurt Westergaard, one of 12 cartoonists commissioned by the Jyllands-Posten newspaper to produce caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed two years ago.

Westergaard’s cartoon, which was reprinted by Jyllands-Posten today, was seen at the time as the most controversial, as it depicted the prophet with a bomb in his turban.

“The security service has not wanted to run any risks and chose to act at a very early stage,” Jacob Scharf, Denmark’s police intelligence service chief, said.

“Tonight’s operation has been a preventive measure.”

Police raided several addresses at 5am this morning, detaining five men – three Danish nationals and two foreigners.

It is not clear whether the five have been charged, or whether they were being detained under counter-terrorism legislation. Early reports suggested that the two foreigners were likely to be deported from Denmark.

Carsten Juste, the editor-in-chief of Jyllands-Posten, said: “We are happy that the security services have acted.”

He added that the newspaper had been aware of an alleged plot for some time and that Westergaard was in good spirits “under the circumstances”.

In a statement on the newspaper’s website, Westergaard said: “Of course I fear for my life after the Danish security and intelligence service informed me of the plans of certain people to kill me.

“However, 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 have known how long I would 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.”

……Denmark’s cartoon crisis began in September 2005 when the Jyllands-Posten cultural editor Flemming Rose commissioned 12 satirical drawings about the Prophet Mohammed as part of a discussion on free speech.

In January 2006, after both the newspaper and the Danish government refused Muslim demands for an apology, a wave of violence ensued during which several Danish embassies were set alight, a boycott of Danish goods was encouraged across the Muslim world and violent anti-Danish demonstrations were held, particularly in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/02/12/wdane112.xml

The Danish people will not kowtow to the brutality and intimidation of the frothing muslim masses. Good for them.

Craven media outlets like CNN, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and the Washington Post
(Link: http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0206/dailyUpdate.html) could use just a fraction of the backbone possessed by the Jyllands-Posten.

1 thought on “Sammenhold for Danish Cartoonist”

  1. The USA papers were chicken to print them. They are not afraid to print NSA classified secrets of our CIA out in the field, how our ops are working, and the such. Isn’t that treason? But print a cartoon? Ooh no! Can’t do that. It isn’t that they don’t have the stones for it (they don’t, but that’s beside the point), it’s that it would not harm America or GWB. I hate them. I really do. Well, maybe not hate, but I have a very taste in my mouth. I will pray for them, and maybe they will give up this pc. Ya think? Yeah, I guess your right. 😉

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