The Cartoon Jihad will never end until the West gives up the freedom of speech — or defends it robustly enough to end the threats and jihad plots that result from exercising it.
“Stockholm bomber’s terrorist group threatens Ikea and Volvo,” by Duncan Gardham and Richard Spencer in the Telegraph, December 14:
An al-Qaeda group associated with the Stockholm suicide bomber has called for attacks on other Swedish targets including Ikea and Volvo.
Shumukh al-Islam, a web forum connected to al-Qaeda, produced the first photographs of the bomber along with a copy of his will in Arabic, calling him “our brother.”
Alongside the will, they produced a statement by the former leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq calling for attacks on Swedish businesses in revenge for cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed….
Like other mainstream media outlets, the Telegraph has apparently decided that we are all Muslims now.
The statement on Swedish businesses was originally issued by the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi three years ago.
In it, Baghdadi, who was killed in a US rocket attack in April, calls for “industrial giants” to be attacked including Ericsson, Scandia, Volvo, Ikea and Electrolux and puts a bounty $100,000 on the head of Lars Vicks, the Swedish cartoonist, $50,000 on the editor of a newspaper that published the cartoon.
The statement on Shumukh al-Islam claimed the bombing in Sweden had been a success because it “caused pain in their hearts and widespread panic, and it was denounced by nations and religions and it pleased the Muslim people.”
The statement added: “Nor did the brother martyr–as we consider him–forget to remind Sweden that his action was nothing but a promise taken by the Islamic State, and therefore he and others were in Sweden, and they will avenge the Muslims.”
It said that in his will, Abdulwahab was “recalling the crimes of the dog Lars Vicks and his frivolous cartoons about the Prophet Mohammed, for which the Islamic State had declared his blood permissible and promised a financial reward to whomever plucks off his head or cuts his throat, as mentioned by the leader of men in our time Abu Umar al-Baghdadi, God have mercy on his soul, in an audio message that terrified Sweden at the time.”
In Abulwahab’s will, reproduced in Arabic for the readers of Shumukh al-Islam, the bomber said his actions were “thanks to Lars Vilks and his paintings of the Prophet Mohammad, peace be upon him, and your soldiers in Afghanistan and your silence on all this so shall your children, daughters, brothers and sisters die in the same way as our brothers and sisters and children die.”
He added: “Now the Islamic states have fulfilled what they promised you. We are here in Europe and in Sweden, we are a reality, not an invention, I will not say more about this.
To his family he added: “Try to forgive me….Forgive me for my lies. I never went to the Middle East to work or earn money, I went there for jihad. I hope that you can understand me some time. I could never have told you all this or to anyone.”
Last night, Abu Suleiman al-Nasser, the man who posted the will on Shumukh al-Islam, issued another statement that said: “It seems that you haven’t understood the message, and you remain insistent in your stance, and the battle of Stockholm isn’t but the start of a new era in our Jihad; through which Europe will become the field for our battles.”