February 01, 2006
Denmark Apologizes For Cartoons
There is an UPDATE at the bottom of this post
Monday, January 30th,2006 COPENHAGEN (Reuters)
Denmark warned its citizens on Monday to avoid Saudi Arabia, and gunmen in Gaza said any Scandinavians there risked attack, as Muslim fury mounted over newspaper cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad.
Denmark has defended the newspaper Jyllands-Posten's right to publish the satirical drawings that seemed to portray the Prophet as a terrorist and which a Norwegian paper has run too.
Some Muslims, who deem images of prophets disrespectful and caricatures blasphemous, have threatened Danes and demanded an apology.
Saudi Arabia has recalled its envoy from Denmark and its religious leaders called for a boycott of Danish products.
Many Saudis have started boycotting Danish goods and across the Gulf, several supermarkets pulled Scandinavian foods off the shelves after consumers complained.
Jyllands-Posten said on Monday that it regretted offending Muslims but defended its right to publish the drawings.
"We cannot apologize for having printed the cartoons as part of a debate about the right to free speech," Editor-in-Chief Carsten Juste told Reuters.
Libya has closed its Copenhagen embassy, and thousands of Palestinians marched in protest on Monday.
An Iraqi militant group called on Monday for attacks on Danish and Norwegian targets, saying a boycott was not enough, according to a statement attributed to the Mujahideen Army.
The Internet statement called on fighters to "hit whatever targets possible belonging to these two countries and others that follow their steps." It could not be authenticated.
Denmark's Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Monday advised colleagues in the European Union of the situation and the bloc's executive said it might complain to the World Trade Organization (WTO) about the boycott if the Saudi government had encouraged it.
"The EU strongly rejects any threats by militant factions against EU citizens," EU foreign ministers said in a statement.
The Danish Foreign Ministry advised against non-essential travel to Saudi Arabia and urged Danes to be cautious in other Muslim countries.
"Danes who choose to stay in Saudi Arabia should show extraordinarily high watchfulness," it added on its Web site.
The Danish Red Cross said it had pulled two employees out of Gaza and one from Yemen, and Norway's Foreign Ministry said two Norwegian aid workers in Gaza were planning to leave on Monday.
Sweden warned its citizens against traveling to Gaza and the West Bank and the Swedish consulate in Jerusalem received a fax claiming to be from Fatah's al-Aqsa Martyr's Brigades demanding that all Danes and Swedes leave the area.
"All Swedes and Danes that exist on our soil have 48 hours to leave our country or else," according to the fax read to Reuters by a consulate official.
Swedish officials said they were taking the threat seriously even if it might be the result of being confused with Denmark.
Dozens of Palestinians with rifles and grenade launchers rallied outside the EU headquarters in Gaza City, demanding an apology and warning Danes and Norwegians they would be at risk in Gaza.
Some of the gunmen fired in the air, while others burned Danish and Norwegian flags.
Hamas, the militant Islamic group which won Palestinian elections last week, urged Islamic countries to take "deterrent steps against idiotic Danish behavior."
Hardest hit by the boycott was Danish-Swedish dairy product maker Arla Foods, with annual sales of 3 billion Danish crowns ($487 million) in the Middle East. The world's biggest maker of insulin, Novo Nordisk, also said it was affected.
Rasmussen said on Monday that "the Danish government cannot apologize on behalf of a Danish newspaper. It doesn't work like ... and we have explained that to the Arab countries. Independent media are not edited by the government."
Denmark has around 530 troops serving in Iraq.
So here they for you to decide
'This is not just about cartoons, but standing up for our values'Times Online
THE Danish editor who brought the fury of the Muslim world on his country by printing pictures of the Prophet Muhammad defiantly declared yesterday: “We do not apologise for printing the cartoons. It was our right to do so.”
As protests continued for a second day in Gaza with shouts of “Death to Denmark”, Flemming Rose, the culture editor of the centre-right daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten, sat in his book-lined office declaring his surprise at the reaction.
He said that he had to stand his ground because, as in the Salman Rushdie affair, freedom of speech was being threatened. “There is a lot at stake. It would be very naive to think this is only about Jyllands-Posten and 12 cartoons and apologising or not apologising.
“This is about standing for fundamental values that have been the (foundation) for the development of Western democracies over several hundred years, and we are now in a situation where those values are being challenged,” he said.
Danes try to calm Muslim rage
International Herald Tribune
The Danish government stepped up efforts Tuesday to curb the damage caused by the publication of cartoons in a Danish newspaper linking the Prophet Muhammad to terrorism.
But the moves failed to allay Muslim anger as retailers boycotted Danish goods in the Middle East and protesters in Gaza set fire to photos of Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen. The economic fallout continued, with the French supermarket chain Carrefour announcing it was pulling Danish goods from its shelves in Arab countries.
A day after the Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, apologized for offending Muslims, the Danish foreign minister, Per Stig Moller, handed out a contrite statement about the cartoons on the sidelines of an Afghanistan fund-raising conference in London.
Wild Thing's comment.......
So apparently beheadings and suicide bombers are OK though....."stop offending us or we'll cut off your heads".......they do it anyway, even if the person that was beheaded did not offend them.
History proves that before Islam came into existence the Sabeans in Arabia worshiped the Moon god who married the sun goddess and who gave birth to three goddesess. They were called Al-lat, Al-uzza and Manat. They later became idols and they were worshipped throughout that part of the world as the " Daughters of Allah". The moon god was Allah! He was just one of 360 idols in Kabah in Mecca.
The cresent moon is everywhere in Islam. Evem Ramadan begins and ends with the crescent moon.
Muhammed wanted to create his own religion. He needed the backing of his powerful tribe. So he picked Allah, the Moon-god which they worshipped, to be the one god. And he declared himself tio be Allah's prophet.
In the 1950's a major temple to the Moon-god was excavated at Hazor in Palistine. Two idols of the Moon-god were found, proving Alah wa sa pre-Islamic pagan deity.
The truth is that Alah is NOT God, Muhammad was NO prophet and the Koran is NOT the word of God.
Look at this, it is just an example of what the terrorists think is funny. But of course this kind of thing is fine with them. GRrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!
Other cartoons from the Arab world
UPDATE on those getting involved around the world on this topic!!
* Michelle Malkin .....FIRST, THEY CAME FOR THE CARTOONISTS
* Jihad Watch .....Do you value freedom of speech and freedom of the press? ( good news from Europe: publications in France, Germany, Spain and Italy reprinting some of the cartoons that have provoked international cartoon rage)
* Judith Apter Klinghoffer ......PAPERS WORLDWIDE PUBLISH OFFENDING DANISH CARTOONS. AMERICAN MSM?
* My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy......Boycott the Stupid Boycott
* Vince Aut Morire ........'To All The 'slamotards I've Loved Before'
Feel free to grab one of these images from Sandmonkey’s blog . He is making sure this is not all talk and turns into action about what has happened. Thank you Sandmonkey!
Images below to help spread the word..............
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Perhaps, if Danish newspapers had no wording on the editorial pages for one day, just pictures of beheadings and stonings by muslims, as per WT's retort. Maybe, there would then be no reason for sniveling, half baked semi apologies to members ot "the religion of peace". I think the Scandinavians are tougher than they are showing. Hopefully the old Viking spirit of ass kicking is still there.
Posted by: TomR at February 1, 2006 05:16 AM
Death threats, demonstrations, and boycotts over political cartoons. A Danish newspaper exercises the freedom of speech and Islam gets its panties in a bunch. No surprise here.
Any challenge to Islam instantaneously produces threats of violence. Which produces dead infidels. There is NO freedom under Islam. State and church as one, and that's called Theocracy.
Because a theocracy is exclusionary, it can never be a democracy which requires inclusion without exception of all equally. It cannot be a republic because a republic requires the separation of church and state and equal rights to all.
Political cartoons have been around for a long, long time. Through out the Roman Empire, citizens of the empire wrote and drew political statements, political cartoons on the walls of their city's, many of which had sexual content that would be considered today as "Politically Incorrect". The targets of these statements were not amused, but the pratice was tolerated, sometimes surpressed.
I applaud Jyllands-Posten for the courage to publish the cartoons and stand up for their freedom of speech. I do not quite understand the apology though, political cartoons usually offend somebody. Abraham Lincoln was the target of many downright nasty political cartoons.
Posted by: RightToCarry at February 1, 2006 06:30 AM
Good job, Wild Thing. Print the cartoons. As someone said long ago, the lights are going out all across Europe, and we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime. The Danes might be the exception; I don't think they're even in the EU, and they've contributed soldiers outside of the ridiculous NATO.
Art is also a tactic of war, and rendering the enemy ridiculous has real value. Our pols can keeping insisting that Islam is a "religion of peace", but it hasn't proven itself to be. They're outlaws, and their God belongs on a wanted poster.
Posted by: Rhod at February 1, 2006 06:49 AM
I think I’m going to make sure to buy Danish products.
Posted by: BobF at February 1, 2006 09:02 AM
Expose them for what they are, any other response is to give them creedence.
Posted by: Jack at February 1, 2006 09:24 AM
Right, Bob. Danish butter cookies are out of this world. Tom and RTC are right on. Europeans have to recall that it was just a few years short of the eighteenth century that Muslims were defeated, outside Vienna, in their last big push to subdue Europeans (except for the present effort). There are houses standing in my town here in CT that were built before the siege. It wasn't that long ago.
Hamas is calling for the "return" of Seville to Islamic rule, and surely the Spaniards will roll over. The French will probably cave in at the next Car-B-Cue. Maybe the northern Europeans still have the juice. Go Denmark.
Posted by: Rhod at February 1, 2006 09:38 AM
Hi Tom, your right Scandinavians are tough. And if and when they decide to do the ass kicking you spoke of I will cheer them on. haha
Thanks for commenting.
Posted by: Wild Thing at February 1, 2006 11:19 AM
Hi RightToCarry, I don't understand the apology either. Especially after sticking to their guns about it like they did. Maybe it was political pressure in governemnt just in case deaths occured or something. Thank you for your comment.
Thank you for the link RTC.
Posted by: Wild Thing at February 1, 2006 11:26 AM
Rhod I love what you said....there god belongs on a wanted poster........I agree. Thank tou sooo much for your post!
Posted by: Wild Thing at February 1, 2006 11:36 AM
Bob good idea and Rhod is right about the Danish butter cookies. oh wow yummy.
Thank you for commenting Bob.
Posted by: Wild Thing at February 1, 2006 11:37 AM
Hi Jack I hope as people find out and learn what Islam is about they pass on their knowledge and not let others keep saying it is a religon of peace. I hear it at work all the time ugh from employees that are Democrats. ugh!
Thank you so much for commenting Jsck.
Posted by: Wild Thing at February 1, 2006 11:44 AM
Rhod, now I am starving for those cookies.hahaha
Thanks again for your comments!!
Posted by: Wild Thing at February 1, 2006 11:47 AM
You know, you can wring the butter out of those things, and you can see the calories crawling around on the top. They're like deep-friend Scottish shortbread.
You know, that Danish apology is a little weak. Sort of like the old joke about the guy who apologizes for insulting your wife. He says, "I'm sorry I said your wife was really ugly. She's not REALLY ugly".
Posted by: Rhod at February 1, 2006 02:21 PM
Rhod hahahaha yessss good one!
(posting to Rhod as I wring out the calories)
LOVE the joke too! I never heard that one before.
Posted by: Wild Thing at February 1, 2006 03:04 PM
GREAT post, Wild Thing! :-) I'm glad you pointed out their false history too! It's exactly why "Any challenge to Islam instantaneously produces threats of violence" -- because their entire made-up "religion" (death cult) is a LIE. And ditto to the Mohammed (Piss Be Unto Him) belonging on a wanted poster. Heh.
Lots more stuff from Denmark, BTW--starting with Havarti cheese, which is easily available. I've got a link in my post to igourmet.com for more cheese & stuff from there, too. I'll be looking for more things soon!
Thanks for the great post!
Posted by: Beth at February 1, 2006 04:08 PM
Oh, I forgot to ask...the first picture, with the WTC burning in the background--is that your creation? It's PERFECT! I wanna snag that one, if you don't mind!
Posted by: Beth at February 1, 2006 04:09 PM
Hi Beth nice to see you.
You can always have any graphics I have that is what is such fun about them.
That one you are talking about, no I did not make that one. I wish I had it is really cool and so perfect!!! I have seen it at a few places, not sure who did it.
Posted by: Wild Thing at February 1, 2006 04:35 PM
Maybe we need to start using some psyops on those
murdering bastards. Weren't Ace of spades playing cards dropped in Nam since it was a sign of bad luck or somesuch to the VC/NVA. Didn't do much good but
Maybe some cartoons of God kicking Mohammeds ass with some good text beneath, like "for spreading lies in the Koran". From the little I know the followers of Islam seem to be pretty superstitious. Oh NO, did I say that about the religion of peace. Truth is it's simply an overgrown cult taken over by crazy people.
(Hmmmm sounds like the Dim-o-crap party.)
Posted by: SparkS at February 1, 2006 10:58 PM
HI SparkS thank you for your comment. LOVE it!
Posted by: Wild Thing at February 1, 2006 11:16 PM
Danes Rule, Allah Drools
Posted by: Kim Smith at February 3, 2006 12:28 PM
Hi Kim, nice to meet you. I love what you posted! Thank you for commenting.
Posted by: Wild Thing at February 3, 2006 12:46 PM
All religions are a threat, but Islam doubly so. Either the US needs to become an isolationist country again, importing no oil, wrecking the middle eastern economy, or they must be forced to adopt democracy. I vote for the former. Let Europe worry about the middle east.
Posted by: Sean at February 3, 2006 04:09 PM
HI Sean nice to meet you. Thank you for commenting.
Posted by: Wild Thing at February 3, 2006 04:18 PM
you say it is free to saywhat you want,print,photo....can you say any thing about jewish,about the number of death from them by hetler.
i wish you read about islam ,prophet mohammad .
Posted by: haikal at February 4, 2006 05:35 AM