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Saturday, March 04, 2006

Gadhafi: Italian consulate rioters aimed to kill consul, angry with Italy, not cartoons

03/03/2006 from asharq alawsat. Interesting lies, - PIA CAUSA stated something quite different February 22 in Inside report from Tripoli provided by Or-Does-It-Explode. The riots combined a protest against the cartoons with a riot against Gadhafi calling him the Pharao of Libya. Now Mr. Pharao once again confirms that he is the political predator we've always known him to be.

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) - The protesters who attacked the Italian consulate in Benghazi would have killed the consul and his family if the police had not opened fire, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has said of last month's riot in which 11 people were killed.
Libya's official news agency JANA quoted Gadhafi as telling the People's General Congress, the closest thing Libya has to a parliament, on Thursday night that the rioters were venting their hatred for Italy rather than protesting the cartoons about Prophet Muhammad, as has been widely reported.

Gadhafi's remarks appeared to be aimed at defending his government's shooting of protesters throwing stones and bottles, as well as reviving the colonial charge against Italy, which occupied part or all of Libya between 1911 and 1943.

In Rome, the Italian foreign minister played down Gadhafi's comments as intended for his constituents rather than Italy.

Elements of a crowd of about 1,000 demonstrators broke into the grounds of the Italian consulate on Feb. 17 and set fire to vehicles and part of the building. Police struggled to contain the riot, which lasted six hours, and shot dead 11 people. Thirty-five people were wounded, but no Italians were harmed.

The crowd appeared to be reacting to an Italian Cabinet minister who publicly supported the Danish publication of caricatures of Prophet Muhammad, which had provoked protests across the Muslim world. Italian diplomats said later there was an anti-Gadhafi factor in the protest.

"Libyans do not know Denmark, they do not hate Denmark. They know Italy and they hate Italy," Gadhafi told the congress, according to a report on JANA's Web site on Friday. The congress met in Sirte, 225 miles (360 kilometers) southeast of the capital Tripoli.

"People would have killed the consul and his family if live ammunition had not been used," Gadhafi said. "They said: 'so what if the consul and his family are killed. Italy killed some 700,000 Libyans'," Gadhafi said of the rioters, referring to colonial period.

It was the first time that Gadhafi's government had blamed the riot on the Italian colonization, a favorite rallying cry of Gadhafi, whose father was imprisoned for opposing the Italian occupation.

The government's initial reaction to the riot was to dismiss the Interior Minister, the Benghazi security chief and other officials for what the congress' secretariat described as an "excessive use of force." The government also conveyed to Rome its condemnation of the consulate attack, the Italian Foreign Ministry reported.

On Friday, Italian Foreign Minister Gianfranco Fini said in a statement: "The words of Colonel Gadhafi must be not taken too seriously, because it's clear they were more a speech to his most trusted followers than a responsible international position."

Fini said Italy is committed to improving relations with Libya and taking "highly significant" steps to heal the wounds of colonialism. But he added that such moves must be reciprocal, and "no help in this sense comes from the latest words of Colonel Gaddafi."
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UPDATE: Arab cartoon

From Arab News without comments.

Finally some decent Arab humor. Not Muhammed, I presume? More, please ...

Update: And another one, same paper:

Update: And another one, same paper, I love it!
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UPDATE: False story on cartoonist's daughter

UPDATE: A messy story. Jens Rohde is backing out and excusing, trying to make the wole thing go away. I've given up on finding out what is facts and what not. AGORA has a long story here trying to find some firm ground.

My conclusion is still the same: Do not misuse the public sentiment by spreading rumors. But of course he'll stay as political spokesman, - there is probably a lot more in this case than even AGORA can dig out.

The "12 muslim men seeking out a daugther of one of the cartoonists" has shown to be false. Jens Rohde, political spokesman from Venstre apparently misused a confidential briefing with the cartoonists and furthermore wildly exaggerated a story of girls mocking in the schoolyard.

Jens Rohde is being heavily punished in Danish media today following a harsh critic from the cartoonists' organisation.

The cartoonists all ready received some 150 death threats registered by the police that have brought charges against 10 persons so far, according to inspector Bjarne Laursen, Århus Police. It is uncertain wheater the number includes threats from abroad.

Jens Rohde must go following this misuse of the public's sentiments. We cannot accept this gossip like level of information from the political spokesman from the party in government, Venstre. Let's see what happens, I'll follow up.

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Support from NY Snark Smith

Thank's a lot.

Feels better than the Earthquakes, Hurricanes and Volcanoes below!

With friends like you in all free countries we will make it together.

I'll go to my bed and rest assured.

Click headline for Snark's story and more pictures
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Friday, March 03, 2006

Oh Allah, Send Your Earthquakes, Hurricanes, and Volcanoes to the People of Denmark

Last Friday Sermon in Iraq:

I have to inform the idiot that Allah simply made Denmark a country without Earthquakes, Hurricanes, and Volcanoes. Bad luck, you medieval scoundrel!

And by the way: How to celebrate Ramadan in Greenland? Any bits?

Click here for MEMRI TV and pick clip #1047
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I've had it!

By Poul Højlund, March 3, 2006

I’m fed up with politely saying sorry for something I didn’t do. And I’m mad to my bones having to listen to the enormous hypocrisy of the Muslim world, condemning cartoons at the double, condemning Abu Graib, worshipping bin Laden, condemning the liberation of Iraq, hating Jews and envying every Western progress - but muting to the point of total silence when it comes to the Iranian murder of innocent teenagers, women and men for living in accordance with UN human rights, muting when the terrorists slaughter innocent Iraqis and whom ever else, they kill, behead, shoot and bomb in their bloodthirsty madness, - and respectfully muting in silence when their priests preach hate and hell to the world.

I've had it! Enough is enough is enough!

Read the rest, click continue ..

After 9/11 it took the Islamic world – even the most moderate parts – months to make up their minds. They were not then and they are not now prepared to fight the nutritional ideology of Islam that conceives terrorism, stupidity sans frontieres and the nymphomaniac lust for violence, burning and beheading.

This is the world we live in: you're either part of the great movement towards eliminating poverty through freedom, through education, through women’s rights, through freedom of speech, through the mutual struggle to create a better world for all of us, - or you’re part of the problem.

Make up your mind and do it now. President Bush was right when he said the famous words of those not with us being against us. There is no in between in times of conflict. There is no refuge where you can avoid the struggle. By your silence you endorse the madness of the Islamism like silent Germans witnessing the hailing endorsed the madness of the Nazis.

Stand up and fight unless you want us to fight you in our struggle to keep the Islamic madness out of our world. Face your God and ask yourselves if his will is that of murder and suppression, killing and slaughtering? Is this what you want to believe, - or might it be that you have been deceived for centuries?

Make up your mind, fight for freedom.
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Defeating Defeatism - The End of the Phony War

"There is now a critical mass of Europeans who see clearly that Islam and Muslim immigration constitute a mortal danger to their freedom and their civilization. They feel confused and scared, but first of all angry. If this is the true face of Islam, doesn’t that mean that our academic elites, our media and our political leaders have lied to us systematically for decades? Muslims misunderstand the mentality and potential response from the infidels because they see mainly the appeasement of the political class. What they don’t see is the simmering defiance that is growing at the grassroots level."

Great comment by Wolfgang Bruno, click headline to read it. A MUST READ.
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Vatican Urges West to Defend Its Principles

"If one must ask the West to avoid all forms of offence to religious feeling, one must also ask those who call themselves 'peaceful' and 'moderate' Muslims ... to oppose all forms of extremism which can cause division between Muslims and the West," said an editorial in the Jesuit bi-monthly Civilta Cattolica, reported Agence France-Presse (AFP) Thursday, March 2.

Islam Online has the story, click the headline
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Join humanity instead

By Poul Højlund, March 3, 2006

How can anyone anymore doubt the intensions and the madnes of the radical Muslims? They love death more than life and they are even proud of it.

In Denmark they are seeking out innocent children at school; in London, Madrid, New York, Jerusalem, Kenya, Bali, Ankara, everywhere around the globe they kill people at random in the name of their most beloved prophet.

And all Muslims seem gravely offended when a cartoon hits the nail drawing Muhammed with a bomb in his turban.
We didn't put the bomb there; you did. And you allow it to remain there by the hypocrasy of protesting some innocent cartoons while you close your eyes and mouth to the madmen around you.

Fact remains that the majority of peacefull Muslims fail to meet their responsibility to fight their mad relatives in faith. They let us take the battle and by their silence they betray themselves, their prophet and us!

More and more these years mirror the 1930'es in Germany and Europe. Never forget the Germans that muted as Hitlers SA terror groups conquered Germany with the mix of fear of the Nazis and the dream of the TausendsjahrReich.

Dear Peaceful Mulims all over the world: Do not become the muted Germands that paved the way for Hitler. Stop feeling part of the Ummah of death and murder. Join humanity instead.

Face your obligations of the modern world.Start speaking truth to power wherever you meet it, in the family, in the mosque, in the streets, in the public life of society.

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Brave Mrs. Sultan speaks truth to power

Click this link to get to MEMRI TV, and then pick clip #1050.

MEMRI has far more interesting clips, it's a goldmine of documentation of the medieval madnes.

Thanks to Sugiero for reminding me of this fine example of civil courage
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Thursday, March 02, 2006

The twelve Muhammad cartoons

A survey of the European press from the very beginning, keeping track of the reactions and debate in all European countries - and a lot more. Click headline.
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UPDATE: Daughter of cartoonist sought out in school

From ritzau / JyllandsPosten
A daughter of one of the 12 cartoonists from JyllandsPosten was sought out at her school by 12 Muslim men, according to MP Jens Rohde, who says he got the information during a meeting with the cartoonists. Luckily the daughter was not at school that day.

Police Intelligence has not yet commented.

More to follow as updates come in. Check AGORA who has the detailed story. This is terrifying. What exactly shall we do as they start coming for our children?

UPDATE: Seems that this story is exaggerated. Apparently not "12 Muslim men", but a group of children at school sought her out. Anyhow, why and who gave them the idea?

2. UPDATE: The whole story seems to be a phantasy over some girls mocking in the school yard. Shame on you, Jens Rohde, for misusing our feelings.
Danish MSM finally found their target; Rohde is flogged at the moment. MSM totally ignores the fact, that the cartoonists so far received 150 domestic death threats, the international unaccounted.
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Prison of all prisons

Saudi Woman Shopping.

There's a woman in there some where.

Some day she'll be free.

Setting her free is the true revolution.

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Cartoon War: Lessons Learned

By Poul Højlund, March 2, 2006:

Time to sum up a few lessons learned from the cartoon war.
First: Free Speech has no added ‘but …’.
Second: Not everything thing is what it pretends to be.
Third: Establishment sails under the flag of their own convenience.
Fourth: Terror pays off.
Fifth: We must separate the terms ‘Muslim’ and ‘Islamic’.
Sixth: No right of freedom stands without the strong support of you and me.
Seventh: UN does not function.
Eighth: As the press failed, the blogg’ers succeeded.
Ninth: The war aint over till Muslims have been freed from their Islamic oppressors.
Tenth: Only free speech will enable us to move forward.

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First: Free Speech has no added ‘but …’. Danish Prime states it clearly, supported by the new members of Europe, newly escaped from the communist yoke, and by some of the countries from old Europe with the largest number of Islamists.

Danish prime defines free speech in simple words: ‘The right to speak truth to power’. I call it The incomprehensible simplicity of free speech”. We’re on the same track.

Second: Not everything thing is what it pretends to be. The Cartoon War was not about hurt religious feeling although a taboo was broken and a lot of Muslims hurt deeply.

The Cartoon War on the contrary was carefully orchestrated by OIC leaders in support of their demand of limitations to free speech world wide. Proof came when the world realised that the cartoons were printed in Egypt on October 17 without any outcry at all. Check “What is in the Islamic Pipeline” and “The Master Plan” for proof and documentation.

Third: In grave times sheep are separated from goats, as Danish PM stated it. It has been witnessed around the world with the political Teflon people desperately trying to silence us, with Quislings popping up everywhere, and with US and UK mass media bending knees to the Islamic censorship.

Lesson learned is the sinister one: establishment sails under the flag of their own convenience.

Fourth: Terror pays off. Why else would anyone take the madmen serious and why else would anyone bend knees to the absolute powers of the most oppressing religion of all times?

Fifth: We must separate the terms ‘Muslim’ and ‘Islamic’, the first being ordinary people of faith, the latter being the oppressing system utilising the faith of ordinary people.

Sixth: No right of freedom stands without the strong support of you and me.

Seventh: UN does not function. It was founded by democratic states to end wars and to defend freedom. During the years of the Cold War it took in any dictatorship around the world, leading to a majority of non-free states governing. It has led to massive corruption, intolerable incompetence and hypocrisy beyond limits.

If UN wanted to, it could demand that human rights were respected everywhere, and it could threaten with military force through the Security Counsel those failing to implement and protect these rights.

Eighth: As the press failed, the blogg’ers succeeded. It was Freedom For Egyptians that gave the proof for the Islamic setup, and it was in the blogoshere that the bullets for the battle were cast and in fact still are cast.

Ninth: The war aint over till Muslims have been freed from their Islamic oppressors. It will take time, it will cost lives and it will be a clash between civilisation and absolutism, between the free world and the medieval oppressors.

Tenth: Only free speech will enable us to move forward.
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Danish Prime: "The right to speak truth to power"

Today Grundfos, world wide producer of pumps, threatens to leave Denmark after strong criticism from PM Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen stated in Berlingske Sunday that the cartoon war ‘separate the sheep from the goats’ in the debate on free speech in Denmark, reproaching circles around Danish PEN, some authors, some news papers, some businesses and others for deserting the principal values of the free society. You’ll find his statements here.

From the interview: “But I think it is safe to say that we have seen a situation that have separated the sheep from the goats."
Which are the sheep and which the goats?
"Speaking only for myself, I have surveyed the field and I have seen sheep and I have seen goats. That’s what I have seen.”
And another quote: “Let’s compare two cases. The Rushdie-case and the case of the 12 cartoons. It is crystal clear to me that... the intellectual ‘climbers of the Parnassus’ have defined a double standard. We have seen a lot of people jumping on one leg and then the other, unsure of which to choose. (…)
The PM's firm line was emphasized Monday as his minister of taxation, Kristian Jensen, and later his political speaker, MP Jens Rohde, targeted business circles for not supporting the basic values of freedom in the constitution.

Grundfos owner and chair, Niels Due Jensen, is now threatening to move his company out of the country.

“…. I find that they [Kristian Jensen, Jens Rohde] together with their political boss should state clearly, that the government preferably not want these companies on Danish soil”, he is quoted in Berlingske today.

When asked if this is a threat to leave Denmark, he left the question open. Later this morning he modified his point of view to some degree on radio.

Grundfos is among the largest Danish companies with some 14.000 employees and a turn around at 2 billion USD.

The debate in Denmark has resulted in a chock decline in the polls for the Socialdemokratiet who proved unable to take a firm position. The Prime enjoys an overwhelming support throughout the population, and has managed to emphasize very clear political principles during the crisis.

The constitutional rights of freedom is heart blood for the party in government, Venstre. The Danish constitution from 1849 was created by people deeply connected to what later became Venstre in their fight against the ruling absolutism. The constitution ended the period of absolutism in Denmark, introduced in 1660.

The Prime in the Sunday interview defined free speech as “the right to speak truth to power”.
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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

A plea from Muslim academics and activists

"Don’t be silenced by extremists"

A great Canadian manifest from 11 muslim academics and activists today in Toronto Star. Agora has it here. Fine reading!
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Update: Garfield converted - and more fun

A good laugh for grave times: cartoons seem to do the trick - at least in some parts of the world. Click this link for the most absurd story and an evaluation of Amr Moussa's sense of humour.

The whole Cartoon Jihad explained in 30 secs in this wonderful film.

Iranian professor explains the Jewish cruelty of Tom and Jerry live on TV here (subtexts in English)

US Cartoons of 'sammenhold' here

Thanks to KepiBlanc for adding this link.

Still: Help me update this post with more of the wonderfull Islamic humour.

Some years ago JyllandsPosten at the last page called for examples of Sweedish humour. They ended up printing some official speach by the then Sweedish prime. Some people in our beloved brothernation didn't find it the least bit funny.
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MANIFESTO: Together facing the new totalitarianism

"After having overcome fascism, Nazism, and Stalinism, the world now faces a new totalitarian global threat: Islamism.

We, writers, journalists, intellectuals, call for resistance to religious totalitarianism and for the promotion of freedom, equal opportunity and secular values for all."

Click continue for the full documentation including the writers background

"The recent events, which occurred after the publication of drawings of Muhammed in European newspapers, have revealed the necessity of the struggle for these universal values. This struggle will not be won by arms, but in the ideological field. It is not a clash of civilisations nor an antagonism of West and East that we are witnessing, but a global struggle that confronts democrats and theocrats.

Like all totalitarianisms, Islamism is nurtured by fears and frustrations. The hate preachers bet on these feelings in order to form battalions destined to impose a liberticidal and unegalitarian world. But we clearly and firmly state: nothing, not even despair, justifies the choice of obscurantism, totalitarianism and hatred. Islamism is a reactionary ideology which kills equality, freedom and secularism wherever it is present. Its success can only lead to a world of domination: man's domination of woman, the Islamists' domination of all the others. To counter this, we must assure universal rights to oppressed or discriminated people.

We reject « cultural relativism », which consists in accepting that men and women of Muslim culture should be deprived of the right to equality, freedom and secular values in the name of respect for cultures and traditions. We refuse to renounce our critical spirit out of fear of being accused of "Islamophobia", an unfortunate concept which confuses criticism of Islam as a religion with stigmatisation of its believers.

We plead for the universality of freedom of expression, so that a critical spirit may be exercised on all continents, against all abuses and all dogmas.

We appeal to democrats and free spirits of all countries that our century should be one of Enlightenment, not of obscurantism."

12 signatures

Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Chahla Chafiq
Caroline Fourest
Bernard-Henri Lévy
Irshad Manji
Mehdi Mozaffari
Maryam Namazie
Taslima Nasreen
Salman Rushdie
Antoine Sfeir
Philippe Val
Ibn Warraq


Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, from somilian origin, is member of Dutch parliement, member of the liberal party VVD. Writter of the film Submission which caused the assasination of Theo Van Gogh by an islamist in november 2004, she lives under police protection.

Chahla Chafiq
Chahla Chafiq, writer from iranian origin, exiled in France is a novelist and an essayist. She's the author of "Le nouvel homme islamiste , la prison politique en Iran " (2002). She also wrote novels such as "Chemins et brouillard" (2005).

Caroline Fourest
Essayist, editor in chief of Prochoix (a review who defend liberties against dogmatic and integrist ideologies), author of several reference books on « laicité » and fanatism : Tirs Croisés : la laïcité à l'épreuve des intégrismes juif, chrétien et musulman (with Fiammetta Venner), Frère Tariq : discours, stratégie et méthode de Tariq Ramadan, et la Tentation obscurantiste (Grasset, 2005). She receieved the National prize of laicité in 2005.

Bernard-Henri Lévy
French philosoph, born in Algeria, engaged against all the XXth century « ism » (Fascism, antisemitism, totalitarism, terrorism), he is the author of La Barbarie à visage humain, L'Idéologie française, La Pureté dangereuse, and more recently American Vertigo.

Irshad Manji
Irshad Manji is a Fellow at Yale University and the internationally best-selling author of "The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith" (en francais: "Musulmane Mais Libre"). She speaks out for free expression based on the Koran itself. Née en Ouganda, elle a fui ce pays avec sa famille musulmane d'origine indienne à l'âge de quatre ans et vit maintenant au Canada, où ses émissions et ses livres connaissent un énorme succès.

Mehdi Mozaffari
Mehdi Mozaffari, professor from iranian origin and exiled in Denmark, is the author of several articles and books on islam and islamism such as : Authority in Islam: From Muhammad to Khomeini, Fatwa: Violence and Discourtesy and Glaobalization and Civilizations.

Maryam Namazie
Writer, TV International English producer; Director of the Worker-communist Party of Iran's International Relations; and 2005 winner of the National Secular Society's Secularist of the Year award.

Taslima Nasreen
Taslima Nasreen is born in Bangladesh. Doctor, her positions defending women and minorities brought her in trouble with a comittee of integrist called « Destroy Taslima » and to be persecuted as « apostate »

Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie is the author of nine novels, including Midnight's Children, The Satanic Verses and, most recently, Shalimar the Clown. He has received many literary awards, including the Booker Prize, the Whitbread Prize for Best Novel, Germany's Author of the Year Award, the European Union's Aristeion Prize, the Budapest Grand Prize for Literature, the Premio Mantova, and the Austrian State Prize for European Literature. He is a Commandeur of the Ordre des Arts et Lettres, an Honorary Professor in the Humanities at M.I.T., and the president of PEN American Center. His books have been translated into over 40 languages.

Philippe Val
Director of publication of Charlie Hebdo (Leftwing french newspaper who have republished the cartoons on the prophet Muhammad by solidarity with the danish citizens targeted by islamists).

Ibn Warraq
Ibn Warraq , author notably of Why I am Not a Muslim ; Leaving Islam : Apostates Speak Out ; and The Origins of the Koran , is at present Research Fellow at a New York Institute conducting philological and historical research into the Origins of Islam and its Holy Book.

Antoine Sfeir :
Born in Lebanon, christian, Antoine Sfeir choosed french nationality to live in an universalist and « laïc » (real secular) country. He is the director of Les cahiers de l'Orient and has published several reference books on islamism such as Les réseaux d'Allah (2001) et Liberté, égalité, Islam : la République face au communautarisme (2005).

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Indian Muslim leader moves in

Remember US lawprofessor Bernard K. Freamon who more or less threatened Denmark to become a new Rwanda? Now he fueled an Indian muslim leader to write the embassy in New Delhi (not burned down) and suggest a certain newspaper be punsihed in accordance with Danish criminal code par. 266b, in Denmark known as the "racisme-paragraph".

Indeed interesting how many selfdeclared experts in Danish law that pop up in the Muslim world; and funny that they fail to see that Sharia law doesn't apply in Denmark .

More on Syed Shahabuddin here where he explains / defends the trainburning in Gujarat - birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi. Nice fellow indeed.

The letter reads as follows, - and great thanks to DhimmiWatch and Olivia, who found the story in The Milli Gazette - Indian Muslim paper:

H.E. Mr. Michael Sternberg,
Ambassador of Denmark,
11, Aurangzeb Road,
New Delhi - 110 011.

27 February, 2006


May I draw your attention to our letter of 4 February, 2006 requesting you to convey the religious sentiments of the Muslim community on the publication of the defamatory and blasphemous cartoons in Denmark on 30 September, 2005.

We feel that had your Excellency’s Government and the editor of the paper expressed their regret when representations had been made by the Danish Muslim community, friendly governments like ours, the Ambassadors of the Muslim countries in Copenhagen, the agitation could have been avoided.

We take this opportunity to submit through Your Excellency for consideration by Your Excellency’s Government a constructive suggestion made by the American Jurist Prof. Bernard K. Freamon that the publisher of the cartoon may be prosecuted under Section 266b of the Danish Penal Code which provides for “criminal prosecution and conviction for dissemination of any communication by which a group of people is ‘threatened, insulted or degraded on account of their race, colour, national or ethnic origin or creed…” The initiative of the prosecution would serve to cool down religious passions all over the Muslim world.

Accept, Excellency, the assurances of our highest consideration,


Syed Shahabuddin, President,

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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Okay to burn embassies, says Iranian cleric

Iran Focus has the story;

Senior Iran cleric says attacks on embassies permissible Iran FocusTehran, Iran, Feb. 28 – A senior Iranian cleric has approved attacks on foreign embassies in Tehran over the publication of insulting cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in European dailies, a website belonging to the office of hard-line Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reported.

“Muslims must take the most ferocious stance against insults to Islamic sanctities”, the senior cleric told Ayatollah Dorri Najaf-Abadi, the country’s Chief State Prosecutor, according to the Persian-language website Khedmat.
“If setting fire to embassies of countries that insult the Prophet aims to show that these countries no longer have any place in Islamic countries then this act is permissible”, the senior ayatollah was quoted as saying.

“Anyone who dies in this path [of protests against the insults] is a martyr”, he said.Khedmat did not name the senior Shiite religious leader, but Najaf-Abadi met and held talks separately with five senior ayatollahs in Qom on February 20.

The ayatollahs, Moussavi Ardebili, Makarem Shirazi, Fazel Lankarani, Safi Golpayegani and Nouri Hamedani, unanimously condemned the cartoons depicting Islam’s Prophet Mohammad and described it as a “Zionist and Western conspiracy against Islam”.

“The support shown for the [cartoons] by the European Union and some European governments showed that this was not just an issue of journalism. But Muslims’ reaction was beyond expectation and it showed that Muslims have woken up and this is a great asset”, Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi told the prosecutor, according to the government-owned ISNA news agency.
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Anders Fogh Rasmussen Interview in English

Big interview with Danish prime Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

From Berlingske Sunday - translated by Agora

"I would like to stress that Freedom of Speech stands second to none for me of all our liberties. I see it as the guarantor of all our other liberties. And I see Freedom of Speech - the right to speak truth to power - as the basic locomotive of all Western societies. It’s what makes progress possible, that norms aren’t accepted on face value. That’s why it is so essential to guard it."

You have to read it!
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Muslims who want sharia law 'should leave'

By Owen Bowcott, The Guardian,Monday February 27, 2006 (tip: dhimmiwatch and John)

In fact, it's simple: just stick to the secular laws of our own! Wish more politicians would be simple minded the true way ...
Muslims who wish to live under a system of sharia law should leave Britain, the chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality suggested yesterday.
Speaking in the wake of demonstrations against Danish cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad, Sir Trevor Phillips said those living in the UK had to accept that British values include a commitment to freedom of speech, even if that means offending people.

"What some minorities have to accept is that there are certain central things we all agree about, which are about the way we treat each other - that we have an attachment to democracy, that we sort things out by voting not by violence and intimidation, that we tolerate things that we don't like," he told ITV1's Jonathan Dimbleby programme. "Short of people menacing and threatening each other, we have freedom of expression. We allow people to offend each other."
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Seeking Censorship in the Name of Dialogue

Great comments from Amir Taheri in Asharq Al-Awsat on February 17. Click headline for his full comment.

Among other things, Mr. Taheri points to the fact that Islam isn't one single religion; he points to at least five major branches and myriads of subbranches.

Makes it even clearer to me why the Cartoon War exploded: it was the chance for Muslims divided to unite in condemnation and outroar. Meets exactly the OIC agenda requirements: to unite Muslims, to restore the Islamic nation and to strengthen the ummah.

"Earlier this month the Malaysian capital Kuala-Lumpur hosted a conference with the title: “Who Speaks For Islam, Who Speaks for the West?”

(...) an exercise in the now fashionable “dialogue of civilisations”.

As things turned out, however, the controversy over the Danish newspaper cartoons (...) produced a set of monologues about imposing limits on freedom of expression.

One speaker, former President Muhammad Khatami of the Islamic Republic, even invited the democratic governments to impose censorship on any material that might offend even a few believers form any faith."

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Monday, February 27, 2006

We should fear Holland’s silence

Islamists are stifling debate in what was Europe’s freest country, says Douglas Murray

"Holland — with its disproportionately high Muslim population — is the canary in the mine. Its once open society is closing, and Europe is closing slowly behind it. It looks, from Holland, like the twilight of liberalism — not the “liberalism” that is actually libertarianism, but the liberalism that is freedom. Not least freedom of expression.
All across Europe, debate on Islam is being stopped. Italy’s greatest living writer, Oriana Fallaci, soon comes up for trial in her home country, and in Britain the government seems intent on pushing through laws that would make truths about Islam and the conduct of its followers impossible to voice."

Douglas Murray in Sunday Times yesterday on his closing speech at a Pim Fortuyn Memorial gathering. You must read it to face the grave situation in Europe. Click headline.
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Islamic self protection in action

The whole cartoon war is about one single thing: the Islamic attempt to ban all criticism once and for all. I've stated that before in my "What is in the Islamic pipeline?" and in "The Master Plan" .

Now things start to develop, all targeted for the UN to make it a violation of international law to critisize Islam.

"Muslim countries are pressing for a ban on religious intolerance to be part of the bedrock of a planned new United Nations human rights body.
A cohort of Muslim dignitaries and organizations are calling for the enactment of
an international law banning the publication of any insults to religious symbols and values.
The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and the Arab League, the Muslim world's two main political bodies, are seeking a UN resolution, backed by possible sanctions, to protect religions following the publication of provocative cartoons."
Islam Online has it, continue here

As Islam is not only a religion but a total all covering ideologic system, all criticism is equal to offending Islam, - hence forbidden.

When Mr. Softspoken Annan turns a little less soft, he clearly moves in favour of the Islamic proposal and against the free world. The result will be an enormous power gain for the unfree world of Islam, and it will be the end of free speech.

We all better prepare for the greater battle of protecting free speech against any religious defamation.

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