Murder plot against Danish cartoonist, Kurt Westergaard
JP.DK reports that Early this morning Danish police arrested several individuals of Muslim background suspected of conspiring to kill Kurt Westergaard, one of the 12 Danish cartoonists who on September 30, 2005 published cartoons of alleged Muslim prophet.
The Danish Security and Intelligence Service had been tracking three of the arrested suspects for a number of months. Two of the suspects are Tunisian citizens, the other is a Danish citizen of Moroccan origin. It is expected that all 3 suspects will be discharged after interrogation, with the two non-Danes being deported. Discharged? Deported? If these individuals are being held for conspiring to commit a terrorist act of murder, I hardly see how discharge and deportation are the appropriate responses. If they are guilty, it is certainly not the appropriate response. And if they are innocent, then deportation is surely inappropriate.
The September 2005 cartoon fiasco sparked a Muslim fundamentalist mob reaction which included violent demonstrations, the boycott of Danish goods, and the burning of Danish embassies. That sounds like an appropriate response…
Westergaard’s cartoon, which depicted the alleged prophet wearing a bomb turban with a lit fuse, attracted particular attention. Westergaard’s stated intention behind the cartoon was to reflect how many people exploit the alleged prophet to legitimize terror. Quite reasonably, however, the cartoon was seen as depicting the alleged prophet as a terrorist. Nevertheless, the response of the Muslim extremists was absolutely abhorrent.
Westergaard and is family now live in fear, knowing based on information from the Danish Security and Intelligence Service that there are people (read: certain Muslim extremists) out there that are intent on pursuing his death. Westergaard expects that he will have to live in fear and under constant protection for the rest of his life.
This is absolutely deplorable. The man made a cartoon and now he has to live his life in fear of a bunch of delusional Islamist blood-thirsty tyrants. This is inexcuseable. These extremists should be ashamed of themselves, though of course they aren’t. Moderate Muslims should be standing up to their extremist counterparts, as should the rest of human civilization. And all of those politically correct accomodationalist liberals* should stop rewarding Islamic terrorism by acting as if Islam is deserving of special considerations.
*Note: I am not calling all liberals politically correct accomodationalists. I am liberal-minded and am all for social justice.
Hat Tip: RichardDawkins.net