A Pivotal Week for Norway’s Resident Jihadist

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When we last left Mullah Krekar, Norway’s top-seeded resident jihadist, author, and Dancing with the Stars contestant (OK, I made that last one up, but not too long ago it would’ve been entirely conceivable), he was reportedly packing up his old kit bag and preparing to move back to his native Iraq.  His intention, he announced, was to give courses in how to strap explosives to your kid – sorry, I mean, in Islamic theology.

Well, as it turns out, rather amazingly, the Norwegian judiciary has upset Krekar’s plans.

Here’s the story.  Back in June 2010, Krekar – who at the time was facing possible expulsion to Iraq, where he insisted he was in danger of execution –issued the following warning: “My death will cost Norwegian society.  If, for example, Erna Solberg tossing me out of the country leads to my death, she will suffer the same fate.”  Solberg is head of the Norwegian Conservative Party.

So it was that on Monday of last week, to the surprise of many, an Oslo court actually took action against Krekar – not only for his threat against Solberg, but also for similar threats against other, less high-profile individuals.  Sentenced to five years in prison, he was released pending appeal.  His lawyer, Brynjar Meling, admitted that the court’s decision took him and his client aback.  And understandably so – after all, Krekar has been a clear and present danger in Norway for years and yet has been allowed to reside in Oslo, living proof of the fecklessness of European governments in the face of the enemy within.  Why start taking this peril seriously now?

In court last Monday, Krekar insisted, in his defense, that his singling out of Solberg was mere happenstance.  “Solberg was just a name that popped into my head,” he said.  “It’s as if I’m talking about German philosophy and mention Schopenhauer or Hegel – it’s just a name.  She was just a symbol for me.”  In other words, he isn’t particularly set on killing Solberg – there’s a whole bunch of other Norwegian officials whom he could just as happily kill instead.  (Great defense: if I’m willing to blow just anyone to bits, you must acquit!)

Krekar went on to say something that came off (such is his wont) as yet another threat: “Muslims must provide security to the country that has given them security.  As long as I received security and safety here, Norwegians were able to enjoy the same thing.”  And now that Norwegians were threatening to lock him up?  The mullah’s point is clear: if Norway makes war on him, he’ll make war on Norway.

Following his court appearance, Krekar headed for the studios of Norway’s TV2 to be interviewed by Al-Jazeera.  When a TV2 reporter asked for a comment on the way out, Krekar got a tad violent (video here).  Two, um, journalists from Al-Jazeera restrained him, whereupon one of them asked TV2’s cameraman to hand over the video of Krekar’s outburst.  His request was, admirably, denied.  One of the two Al-Jazeera boys then complained that TV2 had been wrong to videotape Krekar: it was, he said, a simple matter of “respect.”  Among other things, this encounter tidily demonstrated – old news, of course – that for many Muslims, “respect” between themselves and infidels is a one-way street.

The next day, Tuesday, Krekar was arrested in his home for having issued yet more death threats.  This time, his defense was that the latest threats were merely “hypothetical.”  What had happened, apparently, was this: after his TV2 adventure, he went home and logged into a jihadist chat room where he’d said something to the effect that “if anyone were to kidnap and keep Norwegians imprisoned in a basement just as long as he [Krekar] remained in prison, whether it was five or ten years, it wouldn’t hurt his case.”  Asked by his online interlocutors about the use of knives or grenades, he is said to have replied that these were “teenage methods.”

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  • Amused

    Will this be Norway's first step out of darkness , or is it Norway's last gasp in it's death throes ? We'll see . Hopefully they'll throw this miserable POS out .

  • diann

    Once again – does anyone think that we in America can learn anything from the European (Norway in this case) experience? I think not with the present administration….

  • EdwinS

    Delighted to learn of Norway's Islam trouble… Norwegians strongly sympathise with Nazism -they were Hitler's faithful allies in WWII. It is such satisfying irony that their Muslim guests will be an instrument of their punishment.

    Onward and upward Krekar! All success to you in making the Norwegians squirm!!!

    • Alvaro

      "Norwegians strongly sympathise with Nazism"

      Since when?

      "-they were Hitler's faithful allies in WWII."

      Wrong country, maybe? Norway was invaded 9th of April 1940, and the small Norwegian army fought with little more than rifles against impossible odds until 10th of June 1940. They barely had weapons because the Labour party was rampant with Marxist pacifism, imported from Russia. (Russia, on the other hand spent *everything* on weapons. Clever.)

      "It is such satisfying irony that their Muslim guests will be an instrument of their punishment."

      You might just have your own leftists who yearn for the destruction of your own nation. Oslo is in that case merely a small view into a possible future – even for you.

    • Eric G

      "they were Hitler's faithful allies in WWII"

      If by "they" you mean the entire Norwegian people, or even a majority, you are wrong. Quisling did sympathise with Nazism, but he was — and still is — considered a traitor

    • Charles

      "Norwegians strongly sympathise with Nazism"
      Where on Earth did you get that idea? Norway is a democracy with a center-left alliance currently in power. The two biggest opposition parties are Høyre and Fremskrittspartiet. Høyre's views are broadly similar to those of the Democrats in the US, Fremskrittspartiet is more like the British Conservatives. No organized Nazi party even exists. Political observers suspect something like one or two hundred persons in the entire country have Nazi-like sympathies.

      "they were Hitler's faithful allies in WWII"
      Is that why President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave his "Look to Norway" speech during the war? Among other things, the President said: "If there is anyone who doubts the democratic will to win … let him look to Norway."
      You should get your money back from the person who taught you history.

  • Schlomotion

    I wanted to watch the Krekar's rage video. Unfortunately Microsoft wanted to add plug-ins, and then bypass my computer's security, and then check my OS for deviations from Microsoft's World Plan. Krekar's water games at the arrest were funny. I also want to know what the guy asked Krekar to make him flip out. Was it a good question, or was it an insult? Alas this article is a major step down from the last one. The last one was passionate and erudite. This one is cheap and tawdry.

    • Alvaro

      "I wanted to watch the Krekar's rage video. Unfortunately Microsoft wanted to add plug-ins, and then bypass my computer's security, and then check my OS for deviations from Microsoft's World Plan."

      Whay are you talking about? It even works fine on Debian GNU/Linux with gecko-mediaplayer. Nothing but open source codecs on my system.

      • Schlomotion

        Yes but you probably installed the plug-in. I did not. It wanted too many permissions. Once it said it was going to start looking for Microsoft approved OS and Browsers I killed it.

        • Alvaro

          Yes, I installed the open source gecko-mediaplayer plugin from the Debian repository. It has nothing to do with Microsoft, and I doubt Microsoft approves of Debian. :)

          Krekar is on Youtube as well:

          • Schlomotion

            Sweet. Thanks for the link! I love the instant replay. Chris Rock could learn a thing or two.

          • Alvaro

            And here is another one where he doesn't look quite as tough: Krekar getting lifted from the floor by a woman!

          • Schlomotion

            That's very funny. I have to admit that if I lived there I would be doing things to upset Muslims.

    • pagegl

      It ran on IE9 with no plug-ins or problems.

  • "gunner"

    "Norwegians strongly sympathise with Nazism -they were Hitler's faithful allies in WWII."

    where did you learn history? norway was invaded and occupied by german troops, who set up a puppet government headed by vidkun quisling. the norwegian resistance harassed the nazi occupation forces at every opportunity, most notably aiding british commandos in destroying a "heavy water" plant crucial to hitler's atomic bomb project, (yes, he was trying for an atomic bomb too.) in norway "quisling" has become a synonym for "traitor".

  • Amused

    History around here can be called " fractured faireytales " .Infact it goes beyond revisionism to the absurd .

  • steven L

    Since they "love the Jews" let them deal with the Muslims. The new Nazis.

  • steven L

    Krekar insists on being left in peace while he is working out the Islamists of the world against the Occident.
    That 's cool!

  • Ghostwriter

    In my view,Krekar should have been kicked out of Norway and returned to Iraq. After seeing what he did on YouTube,he should have been deported a long time ago.

  • truebearing

    Norway would be doing itself, and the world, a favor by going "viking" on the Muslims there until they all leave.