Danish cartoonist kicked out of hotel over jihadist fears, now homeless

posted at 12:10 pm on February 20, 2008 by Allahpundit

Sound familiar? It should to old-school HA readers.

Two years ago Kurt Westergaard was in his Copenhagen home drawing pictures. One of them was of the Muslim prophet, Muhammad. Now Westergaard is homeless.

Draw a picture offensive to Muslim extremists, and you might find yourself without a roof. Ask Kurt Westergaard, one of the twelve Danish cartoonists whose autumn 2005 Muhammad caricatures lead to violent protests throughout the Muslim world. He was booted from his police-protected hotel room on Feb. 15 for being “too much of a security risk.” And now the 73-year-old cartoonist and his wife are without a place to live.

This is another arrow in the jihadist quiver, but one seldom reported on amid the more sensational details of murder plots and security details: By putting someone under threat you put everyone in their orbit under threat too, which is a mighty efficient way to turn would-be allies against them. That’s one of the points of Geert Wilders’s film, I take it, which is just the Kurt Westergaard dilemma writ large: If one man’s criticism of Islam can put an entire country in the crosshairs, we’re all in this together whether we want to be or not. The only alternative is to criminalize criticism, and no one’s willing to go that route. Right?

Exit question: Surely our allies are helping to defuse this situation, no? Er, no.


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Sad : (

kcd on February 20, 2008 at 12:15 PM

Tolerance.

JammieWearingFool on February 20, 2008 at 12:18 PM

What’s really sad is that it’s a guarantee that this guy will be murdered before the year is out.

SoulGlo on February 20, 2008 at 12:21 PM

This is shocking. I hope arrangements are being made to protect Islam from any backlash……/s

Imagine when the floodgates finally open, woe unto Islam.

BL@KBIRD on February 20, 2008 at 12:23 PM

Reinforces the point of the cartoons. Criminal behavior is more effective than the rule of law. Extortion wins.

a capella on February 20, 2008 at 12:25 PM

i cant wait till they try that sh!t here, it’ll be one hell of a fight ;-)

ernesto on February 20, 2008 at 12:27 PM

If Europeans really wanted to save themselves (for a change), they would rethink the hate speech laws that, among other things, legitimize the notion that certain kinds of speech can and should be forbidden.

Infidoll on February 20, 2008 at 12:31 PM

i cant wait till they try that sh!t here, it’ll be one hell of a fight ;-)

ernesto on February 20, 2008 at 12:27 PM

They’ve already done it here and it worked. How many MSM publications reprinted those cartoons? It wasn’t because of PC. They are afraid of physical harm. It works.

a capella on February 20, 2008 at 12:32 PM

People that will not fight for their culture will lose.

The future belongs to those with the most conviction in their beiefs.

The future of Denmark does not look good.

JayHaw Phrenzie on February 20, 2008 at 12:33 PM

Give that man a .357 magnum! I’m sure Denmark is one of them pro-gun European countries, right?

(Crickets chirping)

Shtetl G on February 20, 2008 at 12:33 PM

Seems odd that no one in Europe really sees the irony in all of this… It’s yet another example of how sick and terminal Europe has become.

PS: If European governments see no problem in giving welfare checks to the multiple wives of deadbeat Pakistani illegals, then why don’t they spend just a little bit of $ to protect the actual victims of the said “deadbeats.” Seems logical enough.

Gartrip on February 20, 2008 at 12:34 PM

The future of Denmark does not look good.

JayHaw Phrenzie on February 20, 2008 at 12:33 PM

Try all of Western Europe

Kini on February 20, 2008 at 12:35 PM

Quote from last linked item:

“Egypt’s Minister of Media Anas al-Fiki has banned four foreign publications for reprinting the controversial cartoons of the Muslim prophet Mohammed that have been widely deemed offensive to Islam, media reports said Wednesday. Distribution of the latest issues of the German newspapers Die Welt and Frankfurter Allgemeine, the New York-based Wall Street Journal and Britain’s The Observer were stopped on Tuesday, the Egypt’s official daily al-Ahram reported.”

Hold your horses! A British paper has published the Mohammed cartoons? How and when did I miss that sudden and unexpected acquisition of a vertebral column?

schiehallion on February 20, 2008 at 12:38 PM

Lee Harris made this point in the Weekly Standard a few weeks ago:

Levant, and other defenders of the classical Whig position, do not seem to realize that this tacit social compact is presently breaking down in the very nations that prided themselves the most on having achieved it. Today, because of Islam, the furor theologicus that we in the West thought we had put behind us is reemerging and can flare up in any part of the world. A cartoon or a film documentary that Muslims find offensive can set off a chain of reactions that lead to riots, bloodshed, the murder of innocents, and international crises. To continue to maintain, in the light of these troubling facts, that the state has no business watching what its citizens say is to indulge in a wistful anachronism. Even the most dedicated libertarian must surely realize that at some point the other members of his society may not be willing to pay the social costs of his freedom of expression. One may of course wish for a society to stand firmly behind those who have the courage to speak their minds; but it is simply naive to expect the general population to support them beyond a certain point. The question is, How close are we to that point?

To quote Bush 41, we’re in deep doo-doo.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on February 20, 2008 at 12:41 PM

Reinforces the point of the cartoons. Criminal behavior is more effective than the rule of law. Extortion wins.

a capella on February 20, 2008 at 12:25 PM

Excellent point. Won’t happen in America because we have the 2nd amendment.

JustTruth101 on February 20, 2008 at 12:41 PM

to clarifyL Muslim extremism won’t take over in America under threats of violence because we have the 2nd amendment.

JustTruth101 on February 20, 2008 at 12:42 PM

During Europe’s Gotterdamerung will their favorite indoor sport continue to be demonizing Bush and America?

snaggletoothie on February 20, 2008 at 12:46 PM

to clarifyL Muslim extremism won’t take over in America under threats of violence because we have the 2nd amendment.

JustTruth101 on February 20, 2008 at 12:42 PM

They don’t work that way. If you offend them, they can kidnap your wife or child, send a suicider into your kid’s elementary school, burn down your house, mine a playground, or kill all your grandchildren. Who are you going to shoot if you don’t know who did it? That’s how terror masters work. They don’t have to attack you directly to get their way.

a capella on February 20, 2008 at 12:53 PM

If you offend them, they can kidnap your wife

Any chance they can kidnap an ex-wife?

Just kidding…ha ha…c’mon, it’s a joke…

tlynch001 on February 20, 2008 at 1:18 PM

I’m sure the DCLU will be stepping in any moment now, right? Oh no, wait, their supply of spleef is running low and they must stop at the corner shop for a reef-fill. /s

Biffstir on February 20, 2008 at 1:47 PM

I assume Maryland is one of the last to find out, global warming has stopped, yes it has been cooling for the last 8-10 years. If the IPCC were to rewrite their last report, they culd not use the data they used before — it has been changed by the source NASA …

So if CO2 is the cause, what has happened and why do the models not agree with what is now going on.

So sad science has become this political. Wasn’t it Stalin who first starting using science for political reasons?

Here is a link if you want the facts …
http://wattsupwiththat.wordpress.com/2008/02/19/january-2008-4-sources-say-globally-cooler-in-the-past-12-months/

tarpon on February 20, 2008 at 2:23 PM

Why do some of you Americans think the 2nd amendment makes you a citadel, proof from Islam. Your not that far from Britain at the moment. Did the US print the cartoons originally? Are you free to speak? How many already self censor? Don’t kid yourselves. Islam is winning big time at the moment everywhere it counts.

Look at the prayer tower in St Louis, wait till they start wailing from that. And complainers will be dubbed racist.

BL@KBIRD on February 20, 2008 at 2:34 PM

Why do law breaking jihadists get more protection than law abiding Danes?

Blake on February 20, 2008 at 3:09 PM

Hold your horses! A British paper has published the Mohammed cartoons? How and when did I miss that sudden and unexpected acquisition of a vertebral column?

Another British paper, The Daily Star I think, published the original cartoons in 2006 which is where I first saw them. This I’d imagine is why the Muslim demonstrations in London were so heated.

aengus on February 20, 2008 at 3:37 PM

America is under siege from within and without and the sooner we wake up as a nation the better our chances of saving this country.

We are allowing China to take our basic means of livelyhood from us. (try to find things made in America on our department store shelves. Go have yourself a rude awakening at Toys-R-Us.)

We have an un-documented occupying army within our borders, not assimilating into our culture but stealing from our social services as if they had a right to them. (But they’re only doing jobs Americans won’t do.)

We have a Jehadist army slowly marching on us taking down Europe on its way.

We have political correctness stealing away our right to free speech and the ACLU gleefully using our own well intentioned laws to rip America’s fabric apart and political leaders trying to placate the masses with socialistic promises of plenty for all while preaching their tripe to our children under our noses.

Wake up sleeping giant.

Ernest on February 21, 2008 at 10:13 AM