Danes pinch five in plot to kill Mohammed cartoonist

posted at 9:40 am on February 12, 2008 by Allahpundit

Think of it as a warm-up for March Madness.

Danish police conducted a series of pre-dawn raids Tuesday morning and arrested several individuals suspected of planning to murder one of the 12 cartoonists whose unflattering depictions of the Prophet Muhammad led to worldwide protests in 2006.

Those arrested include several “people with a Muslim background” with both Danish and foreign citizenship, according to the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, which originally published the caricatures in the autumn of 2005. The paper reports that cartoonist Kurt Westergaard was the target of the plot and that Danish authorities have been investigating the threat for some time…

The raids and arrests were conducted in Aarhus, located in western Denmark. The Associated Press quotes PET, the police intelligence agency, as saying that the raids were meant “to prevent a terror-related murder” and to do so “at an early phase to stop the planning and the carrying out of murder.” According to Danish broadcaster DR, police took five people into custody.

Westergaard drew the image of Mohammed with the bomb in his turban, making him the odds-on favorite in the Theo Van Gogh sweepstakes. Fun fact: The AP has information on only three of the suspects, but says one of them will be released — and the other two merely deported back to Tunisia.


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Yooohooo, yet another opportunity to post that cartoon. You must be in heaven…

DMeNTe on February 12, 2008 at 9:49 AM

Those arrested include several “people with a Muslim background”

You really have to laugh, even though it’s not funny.

Dash on February 12, 2008 at 9:56 AM

Holy smokes!

bloggless on February 12, 2008 at 9:58 AM

Westergaard’s cartoon depicted the Prophet Muhammad with a bomb in his turban, complete with a lit fuse. It was one of the most offensive of the drawings that ultimately resulted in violence and protests in a number of predominantly Muslim countries, much of it targeting Danish embassies and products. At least 50 people died in the rioting.

My guess is that those killed found being murdered quite offensive.

I object to the suggestion that the drawings “resulted in” violence and that the drawings were offensive – were they depictions of Christ in non-flattering or violent ways they would be “brave commentary on the violence committed in the name of Christianity” and speech that must by all means be protected as a cherished human right. The violence was the result not of some harmless cartoons, but of a massive and coordinated overreaction provoked by a radical imam and fueled by a level of intolerance that witless PC loons fail to observe in their efforts to appear enlightened.

Institutional intolerance enshrined in the very core beliefs of the religion and barbaric treatment of homosexuals, women and infidels = “we have to understand their culture, don’t be an islamophobe”

Church does not recognize homosexual marriages and believes women should not be priests = “intolerant sexist homophobic religion of oppression and evil”

That abous sums up PC logic.

RDuke on February 12, 2008 at 9:59 AM

I wonder how much infrastructure, and at what expense, was employed to gather intel and execute this mission?

Take that total and realise that it’s all to protect a couple of people from one particular plot.

How much will it cost to secure vast numbers of people from many plots? Bankruptcy beckons.

And Hirsi Ali fancies her chances in Europe? Not smart.

LimeyGeek on February 12, 2008 at 10:04 AM

I’m sick of these numbskulls always threatening somebody with their perpetual rage and willingness to murder willy nilly.

We need a Muslim Jim Jones to show up and have a big koolaid ho down.

saiga on February 12, 2008 at 10:11 AM

Those arrested include several “people with a Muslim background”

REALLY???

Mindboggling! Meaning that a few are people with backgrounds other than Muslim??? Uh, highly doubtful, I’d bet.

Gartrip on February 12, 2008 at 10:20 AM

What I don’t get, after they’ve gotten enough info. to make an arrest, why the he11 do they let them go??? Obviously they’ve enough info. to cause them to be
deported… why not hold them? It makes no sense to me.

4shoes on February 12, 2008 at 10:29 AM

That’s right, behead those who insult Islam.

Still think they’re compatible with the West? Where is the head of the Piss Christ ‘artist?’ I mean, surely EVERY religion operates from the fundamental principle of slaughtering those who mock or offend their delicate belief structure, right? Right?

Troika37 on February 12, 2008 at 10:56 AM

Hmmm, sounds like an explosive situation. I bet this will blow up big.
Heh, nyuck, nycuk.

Geronimo on February 12, 2008 at 11:04 AM

surely EVERY religion operates from the fundamental principle of slaughtering those who mock or offend their delicate belief structure, right? Right?

Actually in the case of “Piss Christ” or Ofili’s “The Holy Virgin Mary” (A collage of Mary done in dung and cutout pics of genetalia and breasts) those who protested peacefully and called for public funding of said art exhibits to be cut were compared with – wait for it – Nazis. A NYT columnist, later to be arts editor compared protesters and those wishing to cut off the funding to Goebbels and Hitler condemning “degenerate art”.

The same NYT that later refused to publish the Mohammed cartoons, claiming they would not print photos that needlessly offend people and that could be easily described. Of course they printed photos of both the aforementioned pieces on a few occasions.

Apparently the more intolerant and potentially violent the representatives of a faith, the more deserving it is of tolerance.

RDuke on February 12, 2008 at 11:20 AM

Spiritual warfare is real. I will not submit to Islamofascists. Neither will Huckabee.

ITookTheRedPill on February 12, 2008 at 11:22 AM

Where is the head of the Piss Christ ‘artist?’

You really don’t wanna know. Let’s just say he’s busy.

Jim Treacher on February 12, 2008 at 12:12 PM

And Hirsi Ali fancies her chances in Europe? Not smart.

LimeyGeek on February 12, 2008 at 10:04 AM

What do you suggest she do?

Buy Danish on February 12, 2008 at 12:36 PM

Such is the “religion of peace”. I wonder if that phrase is repeated enough, will people start to believe it, just as they did the propaganda repeated during WWII? Will they continue to believe it, even as their world comes tumbling down on their heads?!

kcd on February 12, 2008 at 1:23 PM

We need a Muslim Jim Jones to show up and have a big koolaid ho down.

We should be so lucky…

brtex on February 12, 2008 at 2:37 PM

The religion of peace pieces.

jgapinoy on February 12, 2008 at 7:44 PM

The same NYT that later refused to publish the Mohammed cartoons, claiming they would not print photos that needlessly offend people and that could be easily described. Of course they printed photos of both the aforementioned pieces on a few occasions.

Apparently the more intolerant and potentially violent the representatives of a faith, the more deserving it is of tolerance.

RDuke on February 12, 2008 at 11:20 AM

Actually, I doubt the times is being PC. I think deep down that they’re truly frightened of the fanatics and use “tolerance” as a cop out so as not to get beheaded themselves. Cowards!

Big John on February 12, 2008 at 9:31 PM