Assassination attempt on Lars Hedegaard
Today a man of non-European appearance (I learned the description of the assailant from sources close to Hedegaard, not from the media) rang the bell of Hedegaard’s Copenhagen home. When Hedegaard opened the door the man attempted to shoot him in the head and missed. The Copenhagen Post (via Atlas Shrugs) reports that there were two assailants and that they were of Arab appearance. Here is a story from a European news site, news.com.au, which makes the murder attempt hardly seem to matter. After all, Hedegaard is an “anti-Islam writer,” and don’t people like that deserve whatever happens to them?
Gunman fires at Danish anti-Islam writer Lars HedegaardI first met Lars Hedegaard about four years ago in New York City and have seen him about once every year since then. He is a highly intelligent, engaging man. I Iast saw him and his Dispatch-International co-editor Ingrid Carlqvist last September when we and some other friends had lunch prior to attending a conference on the East Side hosted by Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer where Lars spoke.
Pamela Geller, in the item linked at the beginning of this entry, describes the would-be assassins as an “enemies of free speech.” How typical of her. As a libertarian / right-liberal, and thus as a person who lives in a world of abstractions, she cannot conceptualize our Islamic enemies as people who want to kill us and destroy our civilization. No, they are merely “enemies of free speech.” They weren’t trying to murder Lars Hedegaard, they were just trying to take away his right of free speech. And because she believes not in ourselves as concrete human beings nor in our concrete civilization but only in the universal abstraction of freedom, she also believes in the freedom of Muslims to immigrate en masse into our civilization, thus enabling them to destroy it. The idea of excluding Muslims from the West by stopping their immigration hither is inconceivable to her.
However, in Geller’s favor, she does not always speak in terms of liberal abstractions. In her bus and subway ad campaign, she has nobly spoken of the need to take the side of “civilization” against “savages,” i.e. against jihadists. If only she would apply that principle to immigration policy and call for the exclusion of jihadists (and all observant Muslims, who are practically inseparable from jihadists) from America and the West.
Zeno C. writes:
A minor correction, I believe that news.com.au is an Australian news site. Here is another article from a Copenhagen newspaper, which also focuses more on the “anti-Islam” stance of the victim than on the actual murder attempt, but at least describes the assailant as follows: “around 30 years of age and has dark skin and thick, dark hair.”Robert Spencer writes:
Obviously Pamela Geller knows they were trying to murder a man. She was explaining why they were trying to murder him: for daring to speak out against Islam and jihad.LA replies:
Yes, but she made it seem as if they tried to murder him for speaking out in favor of free speech. She wrote:February 6
Kilroy M. writes from Australia:
You wrote: “Here is a story from a European news site, news.com.au.”LA replies:
Correction noted: “.au” means a website in Australia.
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