Saturday, February 16, 2008

Muslims Continue Rioting in Denmark

There have been now six straight nights of rioting, which began even before the news that a group of jihadis were plotting to assassinate one of the cartoonists involved in publishing cartoons less than complementary of Mohammed or the response by Dutch papers to reprint those same cartoons in response and defiance.
Gangs of rioters set fire to cars and garbage trucks in northern Copenhagen on Friday, the sixth night of rioting and vandalism that has spread from the capital to other Danish cities, police said on Saturday.

Five youths were arrested in the capital on Friday after 28 cars and 35 garbage trucks were burned, Copenhagen police duty officer Jakob Kristensen told Reuters. Several youths were arrested in other Danish towns.

Scores of cars and several schools have been vandalised or burned in the past week. Police could give no reason, but said that unusually mild weather and the closure of schools for a winter break, making them easy targets, might have contributed.

Social workers said the reprinting of a two-year-old cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad in Danish newspapers might have fuelled the riots.
Social workers want to ignore the fact that the riots started before the publication. They ignore the assassination plot against the cartoonist.

They ignore that the jihadis and the Islamists refuse to assimilate into Danish life, and instead want to impose their views on everyone else. When they fail to get their way, they not only whine and seethe, but they send their youth out on to the streets to riot.

Two 15-year olds are in custody for inciting still others to rioting. In all 50 have been arrested thus far. The reproduction of the cartoons sparked demonstrations in Pakistan, where a group of Islamists demanded the expulsion of the Danish ambassador and torched the Danish flag. Others demonstrated in Gaza.
Muslims protested Friday in the Gaza Strip, Pakistan and Denmark against the reprinting of a Danish newspaper cartoon depicting the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

Thousands of residents in the conservative Gaza Strip ruled by the militant Islamic Hamas movement marched in the Jebaliya refugee camp chanting: "What Denmark said is heresy."

"It is shameful that Denmark should renew its offense against the prophet," Hamas official Mushir al-Masri told reporters at the protest.

In Pakistan, hundreds of people rallied in various parts of the country, setting fire to Danish flags and demanding the Danish ambassador's expulsion. And in Denmark, a prominent Danish imam urged rioting youth to stop setting fires and hurling rocks at police.
Note what they weren't complaining about. They weren't talking about how shameful it was for co-religionists to plot to assassinate a cartoonist. They weren't talking about how shameful it is for people to go into the streets and riot and set fire to any vehicle or building within their sight.

That's the disconnect.

Gateway Pundit has more.

The NY Post has a good editorial today on the cartoon riots, the disconnect between Islam and Western political thought and freedom of speech.

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