From the Bleeding Obvious Department: “A late-night attack on the home of a local politician raises concerns that public officials are increasingly finding themselves the target of intimidation,” (Gee, ya think?), via the Copenhagen Post, with thanks to Nick:
Elected officials fear that a culture of political violence is emerging in Denmark after a firebomb was thrown at the home of a councillor in the city of KorsÃ¸r in western Zealand on Monday night.
The bomb missed its target, and Fritz Neumann, a member of the Danish People’s Party, and his family escaped unharmed, but police say the attack is just the latest in a string of similar incidents.
Six other city council members in KorsÃ¸r have received written and electronic threats signed ‘Allah is great’ and ‘Al Qaeda-network’ in the past three months. Police believe they were related and could have to do with a rejected application for asylum….
Monday’s attempted arson brought back memories of a similar attack on the home of the minister of integration, Rikke HvilshÃ¸j, last year. In two separate incidents, police also recently arrested young men who issued death threats to PM Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Social Liberal MP Naser Khader.
OK. Jihadists are firebombing the homes of politicians and sending them threats. Now are you ready for this?:
Political observers were unable to single out a motive for the attacks. Many of the incidents have targeted right-of-centre politicians, but they dismissed the idea that left-wing militants could be the source.
Of course, the Right has generally been less afraid than the Left to speak about the real roots of jihad violence, and the societal upheaval caused by massive Muslim immigration into Europe, but that doesn’t occur to the paper as possibly having anything to do with this.
And of course, don’t forget the Muhammad cartoons:
‘The crisis about the cartoons of Mohammed could have been a clear chance for more militant groups to make an impact, because there was such a clear polarisation. Nevertheless, you didn’t see those groups step forward,’ RenÃ© Karpantschof, a socioligist at Copenhagen University, told daily newspaper Berlingske Tidende.
Lack of respect was one likely cause, according to Niels JÃ¸rgen CappelÃ¸rn, the director of the SÃ¸ren Kierkegaard Research Centre.
‘I don’t think this is an expression of a political rebellion. I think it’s a desperate yell by people who cannot figure out how to communicate in a society that’s racing ahead with the speed of a bullet train,’ said CappelÃ¸rn.
Yes, that’s it. One sad cry of pity. In a town without pity. It’s the Big Bad Racist Danes’ fault, don’t you see? If they would just slow down their confounded bullet train and let the poor Muslims get on, none of this would be happening.