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Two years ago, the Mohammed cartoon conflagration consumed the world and the blogosphere helped lead the way in fighting back. Longtime readers will remember that this site hammered the issue in support of Denmark. “Sammenhold,” you may recall, is the Danish word for solidarity. With the arrests this week of five jihadists accused of plotting to murder one of the Danish cartoonists, it’s time to demonstrate sammenhold again.

The reported target of the alleged plot was Kurt Westergaard, one of 12 cartoonists commissioned by the Jyllands-Posten newspaper to produce caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed two years ago.

Westergaard’s cartoon, which was reprinted by Jyllands-Posten today, was seen at the time as the most controversial, as it depicted the prophet with a bomb in his turban. “The security service has not wanted to run any risks and chose to act at a very early stage,” Jacob Scharf, Denmark’s police intelligence service chief, said. “Tonight’s operation has been a preventive measure.”

Police raided several addresses at 5am this morning, detaining five men – three Danish nationals and two foreigners. It is not clear whether the five have been charged, or whether they were being detained under counter-terrorism legislation. Early reports suggested that the two foreigners were likely to be deported from Denmark.

Carsten Juste, the editor-in-chief of Jyllands-Posten, said: “We are happy that the security services have acted.” He added that the newspaper had been aware of an alleged plot for some time and that Westergaard was in good spirits “under the circumstances”.

In a statement on the newspaper’s website, Westergaard said: “Of course I fear for my life after the Danish security and intelligence service informed me of the plans of certain people to kill me.

“However, I have turned fear into anger and indignation. It has made me angry that a perfectly normal everyday activity which I used to do by the thousand was abused to set off such madness.

“I have attended to my work and I still do. I could not possibly have known how long I would have to live under police protection; I think, however, that the impact of the insane response to my cartoon will last for the rest of my life. It is sad indeed, but it has become a fact of my life.”

Five newspapers reprinted Westergaard’s cartoon in a show of support:

Berlingske Tidende, was one of the newspapers involved in the republication by newspapers in Denmark. It said: “We are doing this to document what is at stake in this case, and to unambiguously back and support the freedom of speech that we as a newspaper always will defend,” in comments reported by The Associated Press.

Newspapers in Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands also republished the drawing Wednesday as part of their coverage of Tuesday’s arrests.

As a show of solidarity and a reminder of how cowardly American media outlets refused to stand up when it counted, take a minute to reprint your favorite Mo cartoon or link back to the blogging you did on the cartoon rage two years ago.

Here’s the Mohammed Cartoon blogburst from Feb. 3, 2006. At least 192 blogs participated, including:

The Blog from the Core

Michelle Malkin

Face of Muhammad

Little Green Footballs

Barcepundit here and here

Slapstick Politics here and here

Wade’s Inn


Sobekpundit’s photoshop


Bastiat Says No

Scrappy O’Leary

Queer Conservative


Willamette PI

Six Conservative Guys

Adventures of Prissy

Liberty Bell

Bbmoo’s relations

Joe Gringo

Little Red Soapbox

Combat medic in Iraq

Holstein Grove

Frog Blog

Noonz Wire

Samir K

Extreme Centre

Out of the Valley


RJ Lippincott

Steve Janke II

Flagrant Harbour

My Side of the Couch

Don Singleton

Ed Morrissey

The Politburo Diktat

Transformed View

Thoughts of a regular guy

Kathy Shaidle

Emily Zanotti

Andy MacDonald

Lifelike Pundits

Tales of a Wandering Mind

Church of Entropy

Two Babes and a Brain


The Citizen Journal


Riehl World View

Savage Republican

Born Again Redneck

Don Miguel de la Piedra

Jihad Watch

Neal Boortz


Michael Graham

Texas Rainmaker

Right Wing Nation

A Conservative Force

Wide Awake Cafe

Black Sheep Cafe

Robot Guy

Y-2-Dray 4-Ever

Western Critic

Air Force Pundit

Small Wars Journal

You Talk About

Mr Minority

Michigan Blog

Industrial Blog

Inside Larry’s Head

Been there, done that

Right Number One

Drinking From Home

Civil Commotion

Marvin’s Word

American Lights

Klein’s Quips

Peenie Wallie

Limburg Letter

Scipio the Metalcon


Bear to the Right

Dangerous Dan

Posse Incitatus

Harleys, Cars, Girls, & Guitars

Left wing = Hate

Holstein Grove

The Noonz Wire

GOP and the City

Flagrant Harbour

The Political Pit Bull

Atlas Blogged

Random Thoughts Of Yet Another Military Member

FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog

Don Singleton

Rocket’s Brain Trust

Jessica’s Well


Angry in the Great White North


Dr. Sanity

Darleen’s Place

Bill’s House O Insomnia

House of the Dog

Freedom Folks

Small Town Veteran

A Blog For All

Church and State

Inside Larry’s Head

Free Constitution

This isn’t writing, it’s typing

Rattrap’s Rants

Hard Talk

Citizen Journal

Iowa Voice

Sugar Ray Dodge

Black Sheep Press

Red hot cuppa politics

CDR Salamander

A geezer’s corner

Deep Keel

And THAT is MY Opinion…

Palmetto Pundit

Void Where Prohibited

Super Fun Power Hour


Oscar Poppa

Peaceful Display of Tolerance and Love

Stuck on Stupid

Mike’s Noise

The Johnsville News

Truth Is Stranger

Irons in the Fire

Occasus Pars Clamo

The Citizen Journal

Freedom Eden

Fifth Virginia

Celestial Junk

We stood with Denmark then. We stand with Denmark still.



Laughing Wolf and Blackfive show their support: “Let freedom reign.”

Go watch Bryan Preston’s Taqiyya. It’ll refresh your memories of the lies that stoked the Mo Cartoon rage.

Ed Morrissey reprints Westergaard’s cartoon and writes: “It’s easy to defend free speech when it doesn’t cost anyone anything. The Danes have manned the barricades when it counts.”

In very related news, the Muslim lawsuit against Canadian publisher Ezra Levant, who reprinted the Mo cartoons, has been dropped. Levant is going on the counter-offensive. Good for him:

Calgary Muslim leader Syed Soharwardy says he is withdrawing his Alberta Human Rights Commission complaint against former Western Standard publisher Ezra Levant.

The complaint was launched in February 2006, after the Western Standard and the Jewish Free Press reprinted cartoons from a Danish newspaper that many in the Muslim world felt insulted the prophet Muhammad. The cartoons sparked violent protests in a number of countries.

“Over the two years that we have gone through the process, I understand that most Canadians see this as an issue of freedom of speech, that that principle is sacred and holy in our society,” said Soharwardy, president of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada.

“I believe Canadian society is mature enough not to absorb the messages that the cartoons sent. Only a very small fraction of Canadian media decided to publish those cartoons.”

Mr. Levant said he isn’t buying Mr. Soharwardy’s promise, calling it a “temporary, tactical truce.”

“I don’t believe him. He thought this would be easy to do, just sic the human rights commission on me and it would be done. But I decided to fight back,” said Mr. Levant.

“He’s hurting right now. . . . What he’s now saying he is going to do is not a true reflection of his feelings.”

Mr. Levant said he plans to launch a civil lawsuit against Mr. Soharwardy to recover the tens of thousands of dollars he said he has spent battling the complaint.

“I put in at least 100 hours fighting this guy. He may want to run away from this issue, but I’m not going to. His values are out of sync with Canadian society.”

(Republished from by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Ideology • Tags: Danish Cartoons, Jyllands-Posten