Lars Hedegaard: “I am determined not to be silenced, come what may. I refuse to live in a world ruled by the gun.”

Danish freedom fighter Lars Hedegaard recounts the jihadist attempt on his life in the oft-dhimmi but sometimes surprising Wall Street Journal: “The Assassin at the Door,” by Lars Hedegaard in the Wall Street Journal, February 20 (thanks to Roger):

…However, everybody who has commented on the incident has assumed that the motive is political. Some people don’t like what I have been saying or writing in recent years, and they want to silence me. It is difficult to pinpoint exactly what may have spurred the gunman or those who may have sent him.

For years I have been a campaigner for free speech””since 2004 as president of Denmark’s Free Press Society. I have been an outspoken critic of Islamic supremacism and of attempts to impose Islamic Shariah law in Denmark and the West. Together with my Swedish colleague Ingrid Carlqvist, I have recently launched a Swedish-language weekly newspaper called Dispatch International””to the great dissatisfaction of the Swedish mainstream media, which are probably the most politically correct in the Western world and are in absolute agreement on every issue of any consequence.

Dispatch International is critical of mass immigration to Sweden and Denmark from third-world countries and takes a dim view of Islam. As a consequence, we have been reviled as “racist.” We are not. We simply insist on our right to defend freedom, democracy, the rule of law, and individual and sexual equality. We also insist on our right to criticize religious fanatics of every stripe who try to impose theocratic laws and customs on free societies.

When I was a young Marxist during the 1960s and ’70s, these opinions used to be described as characteristic of the political left. Nowadays the defenders of such positions are routinely labeled as right-wing or as belonging to the “extreme right.” Meanwhile, what used to be the left is cozying up to holy men who want adulterous women to be stoned, homosexuals to be hanged, apostates from Islam to be killed, and 1,200-year-old laws emanating from somewhere in the Arabian desert to replace our free constitutions.

In my home country of Denmark, the reaction to the failed murder has mainly been one of horror. Nearly all leading politicians and media have condemned it. To be sure, some newspapers have availed themselves of this opportunity to emphasize what a despicable racist I am, but at least they express their satisfaction that I’m not dead.

Not so in Sweden, where I work most of the time. The Swedish media have either hinted that I have invented the incident in order to set myself up as a martyr””which would have required a major conspiracy involving the Danish police and Security Service””or they seem disappointed that my delivery man was not a better marksman.

What’s next?

Unfortunately, the attempt on my life is one in a wave of political assassinations or attempted assassinations that has swept Europe since Ayatollah Khomeini issued his so-called fatwa against Salman Rushdie in 1989. Some have been killed””among them the Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn and Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh. Others, like writer Ayaan Hirsi Ali, have been forced to flee Europe or go into hiding.

I am determined not to be silenced, come what may. I refuse to live in a world ruled by the gun.

Bravo. Read it all.

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  1. says

    Be it noted that Denmark, which I visited in 2000, has extremely strict gun-control laws — none of which prevented Hedegaard’s attackers from scoring for their weaponry. A similar situation — but much worse — will prevail in the U.S. if Barry Hussein and his mob have their way.

  2. says

    “I am determined not to be silenced, come what may. I refuse to live in a world ruled by the gun.”

    What an odd thing for him to say. It’s not the gun, it’s Islamists and Korans. A gun is but one instrumentality. Didn’t someone break into his house and try to hack him to death with an axe or cleaver? A bit of his lefty past seeping through, what with the old fallback inanimate “gun” to demonize, instead of the animate animals using the gun.

  3. says

    No, re the axe, you’re thinking of Kurt Westergaard, he who created that brilliant ‘Mohammed-with-turban-bomb’ cartoon.

    I suspect that Hedegaard in speaking of ‘a world ruled by the gun’ is using ‘gun’ as a ‘dynamic equivalent’ for ‘sword’ and *both* as symbols of the principle of brute force, violence (one may think, for example, of the fact that the Hezbollah flag has the Kalashnikov on it, and that the flag of the kingdom of the Abominable House of Saud has a sword on it).