I may be the only American who has seen both the “panic room” where Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard fled in 2010 as a Somali Muslim man hacked at the door with an ax, and the apartment house where last week Danish journalist Lars Hedegaard, 70, was almost killed by an “Arab”- or “Pakistani”-looking man posing as a postman. Since our vast media don’t consider these items news, I will tell you about them.
First, Westergaard’s panic room. It is a bathroom off the front hall of a modest, modern-style home in the small Danish city of Aarhus. The tiny room is equipped with a buzzer that rings through to the local police station, and it has a steel door. While the Somali was breaking through the front door of his home, Westergaard, then 74, who walks with a cane, made his way into the secure room, hoping the police would reach him in time. As he listened to each strike of the ax on his door, the assailant screamed, “Blood! Revenge!”
Blood and revenge for what? Four years earlier, Westergaard had drawn a cartoon of Muhammad. It was one of 12 such cartoons commissioned by his newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, to demonstrate that Denmark’s media do not follow Islamic laws against depicting Muhammad.
The other front-line outpost of jihad manned by Danish senior citizens with pens that I can claim to have seen for myself is Lars Hedegaard’s apartment building. Just a few stories high, it stands on a quiet street in Frederiksberg, a municipality adjoining Copenhagen that is known for the city zoo and nearby park and gardens. Lars got a call from the front door telling him he had a package. He opened a window and looked down on a man wearing the distinctive red jacket of the Danish postal service. Lars said he’d be right down, since the buzzer to let visitors into the building didn’t work.
Lars opened the front door, and the man, whom Lars judged to be about 30, handed him a package. As Lars took it, the man pulled out a gun and fired at Lars’ head. Lars sensed the bullet passing over his right ear. After Lars threw a punch at the man’s face, the man dropped the gun and the two men scuffled, Lars trying to shut the front door against his assailant. The man inserted his foot inside the door, got hold of his gun again and fired at Lars once (click — the gun jammed), then twice (click — jammed again). Then the gunman fled the scene. Police arrived. Lars disappeared, enveloped by state security.
Police do not yet have a suspect in custody, but European media instantly seized on the veteran journalist’s unflinching reporting and editorializing about the impact of Islam on Europe as being the possible motive for attack. This is logical given the suspect’s description, which indicates he is likely Muslim, and the frequency with which Muslims resort to violence in Europe and elsewhere to silence those who oppose the erosion of Western culture under the increasing application, officially and informally, of Islamic law in Europe and the wider West.
Still, that’s nothing new for Lars. So why the attempt to kill him now? The feeling at both Dispatch International and the Danish Free Press Society is that the trigger was the advent of the new newspaper, which last month began regular publication and, in its Swedish edition, delivery. (It is available online in Danish and Swedish, and in English here: www.d-intl.com/?lang=en.) Covering all manner of issues that mainstream media ignore — much of it (not all) regarding the effects of Islamic law and immigration on indigenous European peoples — the newspaper clearly hit multiple nerves, even coming under a sustained cyber attack in December, which police are still investigating.
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