Killing for a cartoon: If one’s priorities are so disordered, that mentality will have far-reaching effects on the stability of one’s culture, society, and economy. The resulting climate of fear stifles development and innovation: Why think outside the box if it will get you killed? And why develop anything if the next enraged mob will burn it down? In other words, the logical conclusion of this sort of behavior is jihad causing and perpetuating poverty through mental enslavement and physical terror.
It is a consequence of the absence of that mentality that explains why Danes and Norwegians aren’t flocking to Islamic countries for a better life, but the other way around.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Three terror suspects who were arrested in an alleged al-Qaida plot in Norway were likely planning an attack against a Danish newspaper that caricatured the Prophet Muhammad, Norwegian and Danish police said Tuesday.
The intelligence branch of Denmark’s police, PET, said the suspects were believed to be planning an attack either against the Jyllands-Posten newspaper directly or against people in Denmark linked to the 12 drawings that sparked outrage in Muslim countries in 2006.
The men were arrested July 8 in what U.S. and Norwegian officials believe was a plot linked to the same Pakistan-based al-Qaida planners behind thwarted schemes to blow up New York’s subway and a British shopping mall.
Siv Alsen, spokeswoman at the Norwegian Police Security Service, told The Associated Press that one of the suspects, 37-year-old Iraqi Kurd Shawan Sadek Saeed Bujak Bujak, had disclosed the plot to investigators.
“We can confirm that he has confessed and explained about his role in planning terror. He was planning this together with the two others arrested,” Alsen said. “The information we got indicates that it (Jyllands-Posten) was the target.”
The other suspects in the case are 31-year-old Uzbek national David Jakobsen and the alleged ringleader, 39-year-old Mikael Davud, an Uighur who came to Norway in 1999 and has Norwegian citizenship.
Their lawyers have said they intend to plead innocent to any terror charges.
Brynjar Meling, Bujak’s defense lawyer, confirmed to The Associated Press that his client had admitted to being involved in the plot.
“He says that it’s important as a Muslim to tell the truth,” Meling said. “It is important that the matter doesn’t become bigger than it already is and damage Muslims more than it already has done.”
Meling said Bujak told investigators the suspects had dropped their plans even before they were arrested and that Bujak wasn’t linked to al-Qaida in any way. Meling declined to comment on whether Jyllands-Posten was the target.
An AP investigation shows that authorities learned early on about the alleged cell by intercepting e-mails from an al-Qaida operative in Pakistan.
It was the second time this month that Scandinavian police said the Danish newspaper was the target of planned attacks.
On Sept. 10, a Chechen boxer was injured in a small explosion at a Copenhagen hotel while preparing a letter bomb, likely intended for the Jyllands-Posten, Danish police said.
PET chief Jakob Scharf said Tuesday that the two cases, which were not believed to be related, “illustrate that there is a priority among militant Islamists to carry out acts of terror against Denmark and symbols connected” to the cartoons.
Islamic law generally opposes any depiction of the prophet, even favorable, for fear it could lead to idolatry.
And so people have to die. Priorities:
Intelligence officials say Denmark remains in the cross-hairs of Islamic terrorists because of the cartoons, which were first published by Jyllands-Posten five years ago, and reprinted by a range of Western papers in early 2006, triggering fiery protests from Morocco to Indonesia.
A Somali man is facing terror charges after police say he broke into the home of one of the cartoonists armed with a knife and ax. The cartoonist was unharmed.
That cartoonist is Kurt Westergaard, who produced the image above, which has become the most famous of the initial round of Motoons.
Jyllands-Posten’s headquarters in Aarhus, western Denmark, is protected by a metal fence and round-the-clock security guards. All mail is scanned before being opened.
“We feel safe about the security measures that surround us,” Lars Munch, managing director of the media group that owns Jyllands-Posten, told AP.