Warrior for the Religion of Peace? Or a lone nut?

January 1, 2010

And is there a difference?

Danish police shoot man trying to enter Mohammed cartoonist’s home

Danish police on Friday shot and wounded a man trying to enter the home of an artist who drew controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

The man, a 27-year-old Somalian who was armed with an axe, was caught trying to break into the home of Kurt Westergaard at 10pm local time, police said.

Police shot the man, injuring him in his leg. He was taken into custody and is expected to recover.

Mr Westergaard, 74, was one of 12 cartoonists commissioned by the Jyllands-Posten newspaper to produce caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed five years ago. He has received several death threats since.

Get that? This brave jihadi was trying to take an ax to a 74 year old man for drawing a cartoon. By another account, his wife and their grandchild were in the house at the time, too. This is what the dominance of Islam and sharia law would bring: a death sentence not just for an individual who criticizes Islam and Muhammad, but for free speech itself. No one would ever feel free to speak their mind, lest it offend some imam who’s just dying to issue a fatwa. And Westergaard is by no means the first: Salman Rushdie has been in hiding since 1989 for writing a book that offended Ayatollah Khomeini. More recently, Somali refugee and Dutch citizen Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders, Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, and Arab-American psychologist Wafa Sultan have all had to take measures against death threats for criticizing Islam. The simple exercise of freedom of speech cost Theo van Gogh his life, gunned down and stabbed to death on an Amsterdam street by a Muslim angry over his criticisms of Islam.

Killing for insulting Islam and Muhammad is an old tradition in Islam, of course, going all the way back to Muhammad himself. The Bukhari collection of hadiths relates how Muhammad himself had a Jewish poet, K’ab bin al-Ashraf, assassinated for saying things offensive to “Allah and his Apostle.” (See volume 5, book 59, number 369)

Congratulations to Mr. Westergaard for surviving this attack, and all praise to the Danish police for their quick response. And for all of you who shout “democracy go to hell!” and think it’s a blessing to kill those who exercise their rights as freeborn people, you can fatwa this:

To exercise your rights as a free human being and see more blasphemous images, including the infamous Jyllands-Posten cartoons, visit the Zombietime archive.

(hat tip: Power Line)

UPDATE: According to the Danish Security and Intelligence Service, the assassin has “close ties to the Somali terror organization al-Shabaab as well as to al-Qaeda leaders in East Africa….” Fancy that.

LINKS: More from Fausta and Mark Steyn. Also at Infidels are Cool.

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A White House of petty pols

January 1, 2010

Jennifer Rubin, star blogger at Contentions and a regular at Pajamas Media and elsewhere, unleashes her contempt for Team Obama, which considers an immediate blast-back to criticism from Dick Cheney (or Sarah Palin, or Rush Limbaugh, or FOX News) more important than a fast response to a crisis in Iran or a terrorist attack on the US:

The Pavlovian Response: Attack Cheney

This gang makes the Clintons look high-minded and magnanimous by comparison. Part of this attitude stems from their lack of other, more appropriate governing skills. They don’t know how to craft an effective, bipartisan health-care bill, or make a swift decision on Afghanistan (or announce it without the need for days of “it really isn’t a timeline” statements), or put together an alternative to “engagement” on Iran that doesn’t smack of more of the same wishful thinking. But they do know how to win elections, feed the media machine, and attack their political foes. So that is what they do over and over again.

More important, they have defined themselves as being not Bush and not Cheney. They cling to the rhetoric after it has lost all meaning (”Closing Guantanamo will protect our values.”), and they feel compelled to be contrarians (”Lose ‘the war on terror!’”). When Cheney appears periodically to mess with their heads (Don’t we think there is quite a bit of that going on?), their eyes light up and they jump. Ah, something they can do well — attack Cheney! But doing it frequently or quickly doesn’t make it smart or presidential. Like attacking Rush Limbaugh (best wishes for a speedy recovery) or Fox News, it diminishes rather than elevates Obama and gives us the sense that these are small-time pols, in over their heads. That would be more annoying than scary if we didn’t live in a world with Islamic terrorists and an Iranian regime bent on acquiring nuclear weapons.

But what do you really think, Jennifer?

And check out the rest of her posts from yesterday. Ouch!


Conflict of interest? Surely you jest!

January 1, 2010

Just because foreign governments gave tens of millions of dollars to her husband’s charity is no reason to assume the Secretary of State might be compromised in the performance of her fiduciary duties toward the United States.

Really. Uh-hum. Sure. You betcha.

(hat tip: Dan Collins)


Undoing a grave injustice

January 1, 2010

How could we have left R.S. McCain off our blog roll?

We were waiting for his cool new site. Yeah, that’s it.


China sells anti-riot armored vehicles to Iran

January 1, 2010

Why not? Iran is their client, a thorn in the side of Beijing’s strategic rival (that’s us), and the Chinese have great experience in crushing pro-democracy demonstrations. It’s a win-win! (If you’re a fascist, that is.)

The armoured anti-riot vehicles have a capacity of 10,000 liters to shoot cold and hot water, and three 100 liter tanks to shoot burning chemical liquids. The water is mixed with paint or tear gas that cannot be washed away. Each vehicle has two guns for shooting liquid up to a distance of 70 meters- it is controlled from inside the cabin. The price tag for each unit is 650,000 dollars. Also, a lot of extra burning liquid, paint, and tear gas was purchased.

It took four months for the delivery of the armoured vehicles, and since the Iranian regime was in a hurry, they had them delivered from China’s army organization- this is rare!  China’s government was in as much of a hurry to get these to Iran.

China ought to be careful: the reign of the mullahs is in a very fragile state (and, we hope, soon to crumble) and, when a new regime comes to power, it isn’t going to be very friendly toward those who tried to keep their tormentors in power.

(via The Jawa Report)