In September 2005 the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published a series of twelve Muhammad cartoons (some of them quite innocent – see them all below). Muslim fanatics announced their intention to kill the cartoonists and/or punish Denmark. The radical Islamists do not make unsubstantiated threats. They know that if they do not do take revenge for what they consider to be blasphemy they will lose face. The Muslim god does not forgive, he demands submission, also from the infidels.
Hence, it does not come as a surprise that last Tuesday the Danish police arrested three terrorists – one Dane from Moroccan descent and two Tunesians – for plotting to kill Kurt Westergaard, the artist who depicted Muhammad with a bomb in his turban. For several months now the 73-year old artist and his wife have been living in hiding, protected by the Danish police.
Yesterday, seventeen Danish papers reprinted Westergaard’s cartoon out of solidarity with the cartoonist and because they are prepared to “fight for free debate.” If the Western media were courageous and truly cared about freedom of speech they would all reprint the cartoons – not in order to insult people who do not read their papers anyway, but because by Western standards these cartoons are not particularly offensive and people who think that they are should not come and live in the West, but stay in countries like Pakistan, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran or other places where people are not allowed to draw Muhammad cartoons.
There is little hope, however, that the major papers in other countries apart from Denmark will reprint the cartoons. Most non-Danish European papers are cowards, while the Americans are naïve. They probably think that the terrorists who want to kill Westergaard for his cartoon feel insulted because of the bomb in the prophet’s turban, while the radical Islamists are proud of the bomb but feel insulted by the mere depicting of Muhammad which according to their religion is blasphemy: one is simply not allowed to depict Muhammad.
Iran has already reacted to the reprinting of the cartoon and summoned the Danish ambassador. Westerners accept this kind of arrogance, though they do not summon the Iranian ambassador every time Iran stones or hangs a woman because she has been raped.
The Danes, however, are angry. Kurt Westergaard issued the following statement:
Of course I fear for my life after the Danish Security and Intelligence Service informed me of the concrete 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 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.
Denmark is very brave. We all know that, since the Muslim radicals cannot afford to lose face, sooner or later a terror attack is bound to happen in Denmark. By reprinting the Westergaard cartoon the Danes are saying: “We are not afraid of you. You may intimidate the Brits and the Americans, but not us.”
The reprinting of the cartoons is an act of courage. It is not a provocation, as our friend Pat Buchanan will probably argue. The provocation is the attempt to murder an artist for depicting Muhammad. The reprinting of the cartoon is a reaction to the provocation. If Muslims, who voluntarily moved to the West, cannot live with Westerners depicting their prophet (with or without bombs in his turban), fine, let them move back to where they came from. Contrary to what the left proclaims, none of the immigrants who moved to Europe were “invited” to come here. They came out of their own free will, for perfectly understandable and rational reasons – because they could get a job here or welfare benefits, allowing them and their children to lead a more comfortable life than they could ever dream of in their own countries – but if they want our jobs or our welfare money they have to accept that we allow artists to draw Muhammad cartoons and that we allow editors to publish these in newspapers which – and this is important – we do not force anyone to buy or read nor to subsidize with their tax money.
I am not a neo-con. I do not want to impose my values on others. If Pakistan, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia (four countries by the way that are allies of the United States), Iran or other places want to persecute cartoonists, that is fine with me. Let them do as they please in their own countries, in their so-called dar-al-Islam, the ‘house of submission,” where television channels show carnivorous rabbits eager to eat up Jews, but not here, not in our dar-al-Harb, the “house of war,” where we cherish cartoonists and where we have to prepare ourselves for war against barbarians who want to impose their “values” on us.
More on the Danish cartoon case: Click here (see links at end of article)