They’re burning flags again in Pakistan, but this time it’s Norwegian flags:
It’s the usual story: a Norwegian newspaper reprinted the Danish Mohammed cartoons, and that didn’t sit too well with the upright citizens of Lahore. To make matters worse, a Norwegian MP is using ol’ Turban Bomb as his Facebook profile photo. The nerve!
A dozen Pakistani Muslim extremists in Lahore burned a Norwegian flag and chanted slogans after a Norwegian newspaper reprinted the famous Danish Mohammed cartoons and a Norwegian Member of Parliament changed his Facebook profile picture to the caricature of Mohammed with a bomb in his turban.
Ulf Erik Knudsen, a fourth term member of Norway’s Stortinget, said he posted the picture “in sympathy with one who is threatened by forces that want to restrict freedom of expression.”
This Knudsen fellow is behaving suspiciously like a Dane. Isn’t that against the law in Norway?
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This is a reference to artist Kurt Westergaard, who was the object of a New Years Day assassination attempt by a 28 year old Somali man affiliated with the al-Shabab movement. The picture originally ran in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in September 2005. “We must ensure freedom of expression,” Mr. Knudsen told the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten. “It is threatened by certain sections of fundamentalist Islam, which is opposed by our Western values.”
Pakistan’s National Assembly passed a resolution condemning Aftenposten for reprinting the anti-Mohammed cartoons, calling it “a blasphemous act meant to provoke the Muslim Ummah.” Looks like it worked!
Hat tips: Vlad Tepes and TB.