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Demonstrators protest a Danish newspaper's publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed
Anger sweeps middle eastern loonie asylum
Muslim anger erupted across the Middle East after Friday prayers, as crowds emerged from mosques burning European flags and vowing revenge for 'blasphemous' cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad printed in European newspapers.
'We will not accept less than severing the heads of those responsible,' one preacher told worshippers at the al-Omari Mosque in the Gaza Strip as tensions spread over the publication of the cartoons, first in Denmark and later in Norway, France, Germany and Spain
Demonstrations, arrests and assaults in Denmark
Yesterday, as you probably all know, saw the Danish, Swedish and Norwegian embassies in Syria burned down by moslem fanatics. An attack on the French embassy failed.
Here in Denmark, the headlines were grabbed by the competing demonstrations over the Mohammed drawings and the accompanying islamic boycot. In Hillerød, the far rightwing organisation Danish Front had arranged a demo that, according to the police, drew some 25-30 protestors, among them the head of the Danish nazi party.
As a result, everybody else stayed away, and the far counter-demonstration by leftist radicals and moslem immigrants in the same city had little to protest against.Maybe because of that, they began bombarding the police with bricks. As Politiken puts it:The tense atmosphere in the northern Zealand town increased, when a group of about 100 persons of immigrant background and activists from the left (ie: leftwing extremists - Henrik) threw bricks, branches and bottles at the police, who defended themselves with teargas and batons.
At the same time, an elderly lady tried cooling down tempers by pouring water on the activists from her second-floor window.
Before that, moslems and rightwing radicals had clashed in Copenhagen´s central rail station, leading the police to intervene with batons. In all, the two clashes produces 162 arrests, 110 leftwing radicals and the rest mostly moslem immigrants.Another moslem demonstration in Copenhagen drew about 150 protestors in the Townhall Square. As Politiken puts it:The demonstration itself, against he mohamed-drawings on the Townhall Square saturday, developed peacefully, but lost some of the peacefulness, when a couple protestors recognized the controversial pakistani author and journalist Mohammad Rafiq.
Mohammad Rafiq wrote a book on forced marriages, and has been unwelcome in extreme moslem circles since then. Today he was in the Townhall Square taking pictures of the demonsration, when three second generation immigrants assaulted him and smashed his camera and cell phone.
Elsewhere in Denmark, a hot dog vendor was attacked by to turks between 18 and 20 years of age. Says Jyllands-Posten:"Danish pig. You sell impure meat". Allegedly, that is how the words were uttered, when a hotdog vendor in Frederiksberg (part of of Copenhagen ) was assaulted friday afternoon by two young men with foreign backgrounds, carrying a baseball bat. Before that, the two men had asked the vendor for two pieces of bread, but when the vendor passed them over the counter, one grabbed his hands, while the other hammered the vendor´s hands with the bat, beating them bloody.
Elsewhere, the 12-year-old son of a moslem who has has asked for moderation was similarly assaulted by three foreign teenagers. The father has received several death threats.
Editor Flemming Rose, Jyllandsposten
"Some Muslims try to impose their religious taboos in the public domain," said Mr. Rose. "In my book, that's not asking for my respect,it's asking for my submission."
Integration perhaps impossible
you don´t say, pass it on to our children and grandchildren.........................JP editor says: "The gap between us is deeper than Grand Canyon". From Lübeck : "The muslims cannot grasp the secular society."
CHEFREDAKTEUR LEGT NACH
„Integration vielleicht unmöglich“
Zu Wochenbeginn hat sich Carsten Juste, Chefredakteur der dänischen Zeitung „Jyllands-Posten“, entschuldigt – für die Auswirkungen, die die Veröffentlichung der Mohammed-Karikaturen in seiner Zeitung hatte. Nachhaltig war dieses Bedauern nicht. In einem Interview mit der schwedischen Zeitung „Dagens Nyheter“ bezweifelte Juste nun grundsätzlich, dass Muslime und Christen überhaupt zusammenleben könnten: „Ich bin zu der traurigen Einsicht gekommen, dass Integration vielleicht ein unmögliches Projekt ist. Diese Affäre zeigt, dass es eine Kluft zwischen westlichen Menschen und der muslimischen Welt gibt, die größer ist als der Grand Canyon.“
"Muslime begreifen die säkulare westliche Gesellschaft nicht, die Glaubensfragen zur Privatsache und Meinungsfreiheit zu einem ebenso hohen Gut erklärt wie Religionsfreiheit, und verstehen deshalb auch nicht, dass der Staat die Presse gewähren lässt, selbst wenn man an deren Geschmack treffliche Zweifel hegen mag. Satire darf ziemlich viel, bei uns. Aber man sieht im verweltlichten Westen nicht, wie anders Staat, Gesellschaft, Politik im Denken vieler Muslime vernetzt sind. Viel Raum also für schwierige, aber letztlich alternativlose Dialoge. Die allerdings dann sinnlos werden, wenn sie hier mit hämisch-demonstrativen Tabubrüchen und dort mit Gewalt und Gebrüll einhergehen. Wer dem anderen nicht zuhört, hat sich auch nichts zu sagen. Das ist aber bestimmt nicht die Botschaft der Religionsstifter, egal, welchen man gern anbeten möchte."
A Danish perspective on the "Cartoon Crisis"The Danes were once described as a people who “wear a silk glove over an iron fist.” While we tread lightly and try not to offend anyone, any direct attack on our way of life is met with much opposition from civilians and officials alike.
Finally, rumors of new terrorist attacks being planned are reaching the news, and in light of recent events, many Danes have more than a passing fear that these will be brought against us. Paradoxically we are oddly distanced from the possibility at the same time, since this kind of threat has never before been a serious consideration.
It seems the gloves will be coming off.
Martin Ostergaard resides in Denmark.
Freedom og speech in Sweden
from Swedish contributor. Thank you, Sweden. On could say, that Dagens Nyheter with this cartoon has made an excellent self portrait. The cowardice of the paper, the lack of civil courage and the schizofrenia of swedish, state supported press. I know swedish press very well, and they would not lift a finger for the free word, as the editorial claims.They are despised by many swedes, and quite rightly so.(cartoon from leading editorial)
The largest Swedish newspaper, Dagens Nyheter, has accused its Danish collegue, Jyllands-Posten, for having published caricatures of the prophet Muhammed which muslims have found insulting.
On one hand, Dagens Nyheter considers those, rather harmless, caricatures
as malicious portraits, reminiscent of similar caricatures of jews in the
nazi propaganda of the 1930s.
On the other hand , the newspaper carefully declares that the Dagens
Nyheter always will defend the freedom of speach. But they would never
publish malicious portraits of any people which can be regarded as
insulting or rasist.
Thus, if we follow Dagens Nyheters choice of censorship it would certainly
be impossible for that newspaper to make any fenotypical caricatures of any
person, from any part of the world.
But Danish people are obviously exceptions from this political correct
precept. Take a close look at the fenotypical caricature of a Dane which
recenly was published in Dagens Nyheter. The Dane, with Jyllands-Posten
written on his chest, is fat and ugly, like a pig, holding a cigar and a
beer in his right hand and a banner with the text "Freedom of Speach" in
his left. He is crying loudly for his democratic rights while a young,
unhappy muslim girl is holding the banner on other side.
Thus,it is politically correct to publish rasist caricatures after all,
provided, of course, that they are directed towards the right kind of
people, and, above all, towards people who would never threaten to kill you
FIRST, THEY CAME: THE MOVIE
By Michelle Malkin
I couldn't sleep at all last night, so I toyed around with Windows Movie Maker and put together a little, 2-minute photo/video montage about the Muhammad cartoons.
It's called "First, They Came"--and I hope it will speak to many around the world in a universal way.
Parlaiment of the streets
muslims and "anti-racists" fights the police in Copenhagen Central station
Die Welt summons up
"I say we nuke the bastards" one reader comments. A little hastily german Endlösung. We will have to live with islamofascism - and die. Our governmnents and the UN have decided that long ago.
The twelve caricatures of Mohammed
A survey of the European press
Are caricatures of Mohammed permitted? One would think that the answer to this question would be yes. But the debate in Europe shows that this opinion is anything but universal.