Jihad Watch director Robert Spencer (left) with archconspirator Daniel Pipes at the Pim Fortuyn Memorial Conference in The Hague last week
The Arab European League (thanks to BV) has discovered the culprit behind the Muhammad cartoons:
The mainstream media coverage of the anti-Islamic racist cartoons ignores the fact that the publication of the images was a “calculated offense” commissioned by a Zionist “Danish” colleague of the Zionist neo-con ideologue Daniel Pipes and was meant to incite violence and promote the Zionist “clash of civilizations” between Muslims and Christians.
Bad timing. On the same day the AEL’s fanciful report was published, Pipes himself published a refutation of the assertion that he had anything to do with the cartoons at all:
Did you know that I had a hand in the Danish cartoons of Muhammad?
No? Well, neither did I until I found this out in early February on a conspiracist website. To clear the record, I’ll start with the facts, then outline the conspiracy theory.
What actually happened: Flemming Rose, cultural editor of Jyllands-Posten, a Danish newspaper, sent me an e-mail on September 29, 2004, introducing himself and requesting an in-person interview during his U.S. trip. I agreed and Rose came to my Philadelphia office on October 25, when he spent about half an hour asking me questions. His article on me, “Truslen fra islamismen” (or “The Threat of Islamism),” appeared on October 29. It is a standard journalistic piece in which Rose provided some biographical information about me and had me explain my views on radical Islam. (Both the Danish original and an English translation can be found on my website, www.DanielPipes.org.)
After that meeting, I had no further contact with Rose. To be more precise: we have since then not met, talked, or written to each other. I learned only from the press of his decision, nearly a year after our meeting, to commission and publish the cartoons.
The AEL, of course, says nothing of the violent and irrational worldwide Muslim reaction to the cartoons. They seem to take it for granted that such a reaction to the cartoons was justified. Perhaps this entire absurd conspiracy theory about Pipes and Rose is designed to deflect attention away from that reaction.