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Sunday, February 05, 2006

The Cartoon Intifada Is Worldwide And Coordinated

Counterterrorism Blog has the scoop that this a Danish Imam who traveled to the Middle East in December with faked cartoons to stir up this worldwide Islamic temper tantrum:

The controversy over the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed is expanding, as more Muslims join the boycott and protests against Denmark and various European newspapers decide to publish the cartoons, mostly out of solidarity with Jyllands Posten and to make a strong political stand.

One issue that puzzles many Danes is the timing of this outburst. The cartoons were published in September: Why have the protests erupted from Muslims worldwide only now? The person who knows the answer to this question is Ahmed Abdel Rahman Abu Laban, a man that the Washington Post has recently profiled as “one of Denmark's most prominent imams.”

Last November, Abu Laban, a 60-year-old Palestinian who had served as translator and assistant to top Gamaa Islamiya leader Talaal Fouad Qassimy during the mid-1990s and has been connected by Danish intelligence to other Islamists operating in the country, put together a delegation that traveled to the Middle East to discuss the issue of the cartoons with senior officials and prominent Islamic scholars.

The delegation met with Arab League Secretary Amr Moussa, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Sheikh Mohammad Sayyed Tantawi, and Sunni Islam’s most influential scholar, Yusuf al Qaradawi. "We want to internationalize this issue so that the Danish government will realize that the cartoons were insulting, not only to Muslims in Denmark, but also to Muslims worldwide," said Abu Laban.

On its face, it would appear as if nothing were wrong. However, the Danish Muslim delegation showed much more than the 12 cartoons published by Jyllands Posten. In the booklet it presented during its tour of the Middle East, the delegation included other cartoons of Mohammed that were highly offensive, including one where the Prophet has a pig face. But these additional pictures were NOT published by the newspaper, but were completely fabricated by the delegation and inserted in the booklet (which has been obtained and made available to me by Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet).

The delegation has claimed that the differentiation was made to their interlocutors, even though the claim has not been independently verified. In any case, the action was a deliberate malicious and irresponsible deed carried out by a notorious Islamist who in another situation had said that “mockery against Mohamed deserves death penalty.” And in a quintessential exercise in taqiya, Abu Laban has praised the boycott of Danish goods on al Jazeera, while condemning it on Danish TV.

The controversy has now exploded in Denmark. Friday night Danish public television, DR, ran two interesting stories about Abu Laban, the man who organized the delegation's trip to the Middle East. While the first profiled him, showing his extensive links to the Egyptian group Gamaa Islamiya, the second showed his double-talk.

Abu Laban, in fact, was first shown speaking on Danish television condemning the boycott of Danish goods (in English), then shown interviewed on al Jazeera, cheerfully commenting on the effectiveness of the boycott (in Arabic).

To see the stories go to DR's website, click on "Se TV AVISEN" on the right and select the news broadcast from Friday, Feb. 3, at 9 PM (the stories start on the 23rd minute).

Moreover, Andy Cochran has just made available to me the English translation of the Arabic letter that the Danish Muslim delegation presented during their tour of the Middle East. To see the document, irrefutable proof of the delegation's intent to create animosity, click here: Download danish_letter.pdf

The original files in Arabic and Danish, first published in the Danish daily Ekstra Bladet, can be found here.

Zombie has the three faked cartoons



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Blogger VH said...

Those 3 cartoons were not faked for the occasion. I have seen those before, a long time ago, without the Danish text. It's a fabricated hoax.

That's not a problem at all for Islam, and for well-respected Islamic diplomats either. As the Prophet stated, it's acceptable to tell lies in 3 well-defined cases. One of them is to promote the case of Islam which is global Submission to Allah (another one is telling lies to your wife if you have been f@#&king around - no joke).

We can't judge Islamic values and actions within the framework of our Judeo-Christian background. They are alien to it. It would be wise to read the teachings of Muhammad before doing so. We might think of this hoax as a fraud, but Islam doesn't consider it like that.

Sunday, February 05, 2006 11:15:00 pm  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Of course, the imams are using the cartoons to inflame the masses. And it doesn't really matter if the cartoons are real or fakes. Remember the Gitmo Koran episodes?

Catch-22: Cave in to Islamic rules and sacrifice Western ideals. Or, take a stand and watch the violence escalate.

The worse choice is the first, I think.

And I believe that the timing of this worldwide Islamic temper tantrum is significant. Today--I hope that I have this story correct--Ahmadinejad came out against the cartoons and threatened not to sell any more oil to countries which support the cartoons.

Sunday, February 05, 2006 11:24:00 pm  
Blogger Mike's America said...

As regards timing: It's clear that this issue has been brewing for some time.

But the explosion into violence in a number of areas is quite interesting.

First, the Danish embassy in Syria. Then the Danish embassy in Lebannan.

Today, the AUSTRIAN embassy in Teheran...

The AUSTRIAN EMBASSY? Well now, why is that? Something to do with the IAEA's recent decision in VIENNA?

Likely that Iran is behind most of this and especially so in Syria and Lebananon.

People who live in police states just don't go around rioting and not get shot.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006 6:46:00 am  

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