From Nettavisen, with thanks to the Norwegian Kafir:
Dr. Zahid Mukhtar, spokesperson for Islamic Council in Norway, stated that he sympathize with reason why the Dutch film director Theo van Gogh was murdered.
Mukhtar made the statement at the Norwegian debate program Holmgang Wednesday. Program leader Oddvar Stenstrøm asked if he understood that some Muslims could become so provoked that they killed, answered Mukhtar, «I understand that, even if there is no statutory authorization to do so.»
There isn't? In Sharia, blasphemy is automatically a capital offense. If a pious Muslim wishes to carry out the sentence, he requires no authorization from anyone to do so. Some Muslims have argued that while that may be true in Islamic lands, Muslims have no authorization to enforce Sharia penalties in non-Muslim lands. But this is cold comfort, as it is precisely why the murder of van Gogh is so chilling: the murderer's jihadist cell evidently believed that the Islamization of Holland had advanced sufficiently, or at least the Dutch authorities were so supine, that the penalty could be enforced. Whether that situation will continue seems less likely now.