Jan 01 2010
Not so much. 2010 is already looking a lot like the rest of the last decade since 9/11. The latest incident:
Danish police have shot and wounded a man at the home of Kurt Westergaard, whose cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad sparked an international row.
Mr Westergaard was at home in Aarhus when a man broke in and threatened him. He pressed a panic button and police entered the house and shot the man.
Danish officials said the intruder was a 28-year-old Somali linked to the radical Islamist al-Shabab militia.
Clearly, the strategy of laying low and spending millions of dollars to provide security for those under threat by fanatics isn’t working. Instead, how about locking up those local citizens threatening to carry out such attacks, or who condone such violence? And as a rule, cutting off diplomatic relations with nations that officially issue these sorts of extrajudicial death sentences?
Putting the victim of the threat under what amounts to house arrest indefinitely has obviously done little to actually make them more secure or deter these maniacs. It didn’t work with Salman Rushdie. It doesn’t work today, either. Our freedoms deserve a far more robust defense than has so far been on offer.
Muhammed cartoon artist Kurt Westergaard interview