Lars Hedegaard Escapes Jihadist Assassination Attempt

When I arrived in Amsterdam last week for a brief visit, an excited acquaintance informed me of the day’s big news: the highly popular Queen Beatrix, who has been on the throne for more than three decades, had just announced her intention to abdicate in favor of her imperially bland son Willem-Alexander. The first thought that came to mind when I heard the tidings was Her Majesty’s disgraceful conduct after the 2004 jihadist butchering of Theo van Gogh. Refusing to attend the funeral of the accomplished author, journalist, and filmmaker, Beatrix instead rushed off to a Moroccan youth center to assure those present that she was their pal. According to Reuters, Beatrix didn’t want to leave the throne until she was sure “that anti-immigrant, euroskeptic politician Geert Wilders, of whom she disapproved, was in no danger of assuming real political influence….Wilders’ poor showing at the last election and loss of influence in politics, could well have contributed to her decision to abdicate.” Willem-Alexander, whom van Gogh once described as something of a royal dummy, is no Wilders fan either, sneering in 2007, apropos of the politician, that “Speech is silver, silence is golden.” (The dim-bulb prince appeared not to grasp that under the rules of the Netherlands’ constitutional monarchy, it’s his job, not that of an elected official like Wilders, to keep his mouth shut.)

Walking the streets of Amsterdam in recent days, I thought about the sudden, horrible way in which van Gogh had been struck down, shot and stabbed, on an ordinary November morning on one of those very streets. I thought about how many years it’s been since that day. And I thought about the fact that things on that front have been relatively silent lately: it’s been a while since the last high-profile killing, or attempted killing, of an Islam critic. I reflected about the fact that each of these events causes instant shock and consternation, a brief preoccupation on the part of many Europeans with the reality of the domestic Islamic threat, and is followed by a gradual forgetfulness and return to complacency about Islamization. And I found myself thinking that it was only a matter of time until the next such assassination attempt. Where would it be? Who would be the target?

No sooner had I returned home to Scandinavia that the news came. My longtime friend Lars Hedegaard, a fearless critic of Islam, founder of Denmark’s Free Press Society, and defendant in the most disgraceful trial in postwar Danish history, had just escaped being killed by a thug who came to the door of his home in Copenhagen pretending to be a mailman. The incident took place at about 11:00 on Tuesday morning. The would-be perpetrator was wearing a standard mailman’s uniform.

It was right out of Three Days of the Condor. Hedegaard opened the door and was handed a package by the guy, who then drew a pistol and shot at him. Miraculously, the gunman missed – just barely. While he fumbled with his weapon, trying to get off another shot, Lars acted fast, striking his assailant, who dropped the gun. Lars tried to shut the door, but the perpetrator stuck his foot in and managed to push it open again and to pick up his pistol. The two men struggled, and the goon finally took it on the lam. Afterwards, Lars told an interviewer that he was not scared but angry – angry to have been attacked in his own country, obviously for the offense of speaking his mind (and the truth). “If they think they can scare me, they’re thoroughly mistaken,” he said. The police, in their public alert on the case, have described the assailant as “a man around 25 with a foreign background.” (Interestingly, officials at the Copenhagen Zoo, into which two persons of interest were seen fleeing, told reporters that police officials, in describing the suspect to them, had actually used the word Pakistani.)

As with the murders of Pim Fortuyn and Theo van Gogh, journalists have taken the attempt to end Hedegaard’s life as an excellent occasion to smear the victim. A subhead that appeared both in an article in Aftenposten credited to Kjetil Hanssen and the Norwegian Telegrambyrå, and in an article in VG credited to Bjørn-Martin Nordby and Harald Berg Sævereid, refers to Lars as a “krass” critic of Islam – krass being a word that can mean outspoken, harsh, or (yes) crass. Both articles (which were curiously full of such similarities) described Lars as “head of the so-called Free Press Society, a controversial association” – the controversy, of course, being that many members of the Danish media and academic elite think that the press shouldn’t be so free when the topic is Islam. Both articles further noted that Lars had “traveled around with Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who created [or caused] riots when he drew the Prophet Muhammed as a dog.” Vilks, in other words, was responsible for riots against his work, and Lars – well, guilt by association, you see. Similarly, Politiken described Lars as “the controversial commentator.” And NRK radio chose to identify Lars by saying he’d been “fined several times” for criticizing Islam – when, in fact, a lower court had fined him once, in a decision that the Supreme Court later overturned.

Well. The good thing is that Lars Hedegaard lives, and has vowed to persist in his courageous efforts to resist the Islamization of Europe. The bad thing is that his Muslim enemies are also alive and well and as determined as ever to wreak their monstrous havoc – and that their abettors in the media and elsewhere have lost none of their shameful readiness to relativize jihad and tear down heroes.

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  • IRL

    It is disgusting how the media is blaming the victim, and how little freedom of speech means to them. One would like to think that if anyone would be staunch defenders of that freedom, it would be journalists. But no. Instead they try to rationalize assassination attempts like this one – like he had it coming or even deserved it.

    Without people like Hedegaard, freedom of speech dies.

  • A 23 Year Old Man

    Live, Lars, live!

    Who will take the place of any of these men if they fall? I fear the worst.

    ~keeping all targets of muslim aggression in our prayers…

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    We are dealing with a head on struggle with an anti-civilization, and herein lies the crux.

    It is no small matter to start a blog, devoted to "Zionist & Conservative" ethos. In tandem, highlighting the "red/green" alliance is its thrust. It is not for nothing. As such, the targeting of those who refuse to bow to the boot/sword of Islam is a given, unless they are stopped – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/09/09/shariah-law-e

    To be silent IS to agree.

    Glad he is okay!

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • David M

    The Left has found Islam as its new religion and has become an ally of Trigger-happy Muslims.

    • Drakken

      Well wouldn't you say that it is time to get trigger happy ourselves? Always fight fire with fire.

  • Chezwick

    Europe's grasp of its own historical/cultural patrimony is fading fast. The aging Continent is suffering a collective case of Alzheimers. Death may not be imminent, but it is a certainty. What follows is the REAL question. One can anticipate a possible future when an Islamized, atomized Europe is a hateful enemy of the USA.

    • Indio Viejo

      I think an Islamized Europe with nuclear weapons may be the cause of next European war intervention in this long war against Islam. The battle fronts may change as is happening now with the Africa front, but it is all part of the same Muslim offensive.

    • Drakken

      I would not fret over it too much, eventually the Europeans will return to their roots and give their muslim colonizers a real taste of what it means to be hunted, that day is fast approaching.

      • Chiggles

        We can but hope.

  • Mary Sue

    the guy is so lucky! He must be extra nervous now though I bet…

  • Michael Hughes

    Well done Lars let them know you cant put down a good dog easily.
    What cowards and all dressed up to kill. And Mohamed said who among you will rid me of Lars and a follower said Let me but can I dress up as a postman ; say no more just read the Koran people its evil.

  • Larry

    Good Queen Bea has a very questionable history when it comes to anti-semitism.

    She supports it, and always has, just that the Dutch media never report it.

    • Mary Sue

      neither does anyone else (except FPM) apparently, because I had no idea Queen Trix was an idiot.

  • davarino

    I'm sure the Netherlans wont allow Lars to carry a gun to protect himself. Good luck with your islam love fest. They will be kind and slit your throat last.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    So they blame the victim, typical leftist action but I wonder why the Danish police chasing
    the perps through the zoo spent little time interviewing the tigers and bears and other
    usual suspects, I am sure the royal clowns are outraged…………………..William

  • Indio Viejo

    There will come a time of reckoning for the European Muslim sympathizers.

  • mglvsjc

    Everyone who speaks out against these evil brainwashed cowards,,are hero's in my book. We need more MEN to get their heads out of their metro-sexual butts and fight this WAR ON TERROR for their country and for the safety and freedom of their children. This is a global jihad and has to be fought globally.

  • JacksonPearson

    Oppose Muhammad = Oppose Allah ==> Get murdered by Muslems.

    ISLAM: The Religion of Peace (and a big stack of dead bodies)
    Islamic Terrorists Have Carried out More Than 20,349 Deadly Terror Attacks Since 9/11

    Wherever Islam Spread, Darkness Follows with Death and Destruction

    • Richard

      Yes, Islam has been trying to conquer Judeo-Christian civilization since its inception. The battles have been numerous and our heroes many–1500 years of them. But the war is far from over. We only want to be left alone but Islam will not comply.

      • JacksonPearson

        Islam will never leave or allow the Jews and Christians to live in peace. Because what's written in the Qur'an dictates Muslims every day lives. The brainwashing being preached weekly by Islamic clerics, keeps the hatred toward Israel, and the West constantly at a boiling temperature.

  • Larry

    It always intrigues me when people like Hedegaard and Wilders and company are described as extreme and radical, and yet they are the ones who have armed police guarding them 24/7 from people who want to kill them.

    The is an inherent disconnect within the lamestream media that they can't see the contradictions in what they write and say.

    • http://twitter.com/TophStewart @TophStewart

      Great Point.

  • Johnconrad

    All this angst about Iran getting a nuclear bomb.

    France has the 4th largest nuclear arsenal in the world.

    How long before a Morsi takes power there?

  • http://www.atlantarofters.blogspot.com SanityInspector

    How's that cultural cringe towards Islam working out for you, Danes?

  • Rostislav

    Maybe fighters with the Islamic plague are indeed controversial but then there is not a shadow of controversy about the EC media – it is servile all the way down, from dhimmy editors to the lowest dhimmy clerk. Rostislav, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

  • Drakken

    The time to fight islamist and their Quisling sympathizers with platitudes and pleasantries is over, when the jihadist does this in broad daylight and everyone falls all over themselves to deny the truth, it is time to give them a severe taste of their own bitter medicine,start sending these muslims a message, you are no longer welcome in the West, leave in peace now, or the Crusades is what you can expect if you stay. Once the muslims start fearing you, they will leave in droves.

  • fanlad

    Something is rotten in Denmark, and it is not Lars Hedegaard.
    By the way how's that gun control working for you in Denmark?

  • BS77

    I ll be the liberal morons in Denmark, Sweden, England and France are still oblivious to the results of their idiotic immigration policies, and the whole delusional PC multicult agenda…..now they are seeing the reality.

    • BS77

      I'll bet, that is

  • RCCA

    The Netherland's Chief Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs says, “The Board of the Rabbinate decided that I need to have an alarm system at home which is connected directly to the police station. Initially I thought this was nonsense. But the system was put in nevertheless. I am not afraid, but it surprised me that I felt more secure with the alarm. This feeling in itself frightened me. I don’t go to bed anymore without putting the alarm on." http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Articl

    What's his crime? Too Jewish?

  • tanstaafl

    That's the Viking spirit, Lars!

  • john

    I remember very well in ww2 living in the Netherlands that the country was full of traitors but every now and then some one vanished and nobody new where they went to but I know where they went, they went 6 feet under. It is high time that the same should happen with the radicale muslims somebody should do something.

    • Norman Berdichevsky

      The Danish government bears responsibility for the dreadful campaign of slander and legal actions against Lars and seeks to cow all those in Denmark who will not be intimidated by a growing radical Muslim element that refuses to accept the basic principles of tolerance for others, democracy, free speech and a peaceful participation in civil society.
      After being hounded and convicted of “racism”, Lars was found innocent by a unanimous vote ( 7 – 0) of the Danish Supreme Court.

      The American media will no doubt show a total lack of interest in the case because it refuses to acknowledge the same refusal as the Danish authorities to proclaim loud and clear that the emperor of multiculturalism has no clothes and is naked. It is only by the hand of providence that Hedegaard was not added to the list of Dutch victims Theo Van Gogh and Pim Fortuyn.

      Hundreds of well-wishers have sent their greetings and congratulations to Lars Hedegaard on his facebook page and the Danish Free Press Society has received an enormous surge of applications for membership – the phone has been ringing off the wall!

      Norman Berdichevsky

  • Ghostwriter

    Well,it's good Mr. Hedegaard is alive and well. He's got good reason to be angry. A man shouldn't be targeted for death simply because of his opinions.

  • EstebanCafe

    The Gates of Vienna are still open and the hoard approaches. Close the damn gates.