Monday, May 08, 2006

Incitement to religious hatred - in Norway and Germany

A story in Der Spiegel Online asserts that "an online journal published by the terrorist group Ansar al-Sunna" ("Supporters of Sunni Islam"), which has a presence in Norway, Germany and other European nations has published a list of newspapers that reprinted *the* cartoons on the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), and has urged Muslims to take action against Western journals and journalists.

"Terrorism experts who follow the site believe the journal's authors are trying to motivate potential assasins to engage in acts of retaliation. There's nothing new about this tactic. Terrorist leaders like Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri don't give orders to engage in specific terrorist attacks. Instead, they orchestrate Islamist violence by means of violent demagoguery, counting on their followers to act on their own initiative."

The founder of Ansar al-Islam, the organization out of which Ansar al-Sunna developed, lives in Norway, according to Der Spiegel. Some governments have started taking action against individuals and groups that preach hatred and murder. The vast majority of Muslims are horrified at such statements and actions. So, if the story is true, what are the governments of Norway and Germany waiting for?

The article is at:,1518,414625,00.html

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