Five months after he attacked police officers with a knife, the 26-year-old Salafist came clean in the courtroom: it was his duty, he said, to wound the police officers.
The clash of civilizations comes down to a conflict of laws. Islam is its own legal and political system and it is incompatible with the existing legal and political systems of the countries that it is invading.
There is no understanding Muslim violence without understanding that simple point. Making concessions on depictions of Mohammed will not solve anything. There are too many points of incompatibility and too many of them involve issues of basic civil rights.
BONN - "You have to use violence to defend Islamic values?" asks the judge.
"Yes, of course," Murat K. replies. Five months after he attacked police officers with a knife, the 26-year-old Salafist came clean in the courtroom: it was his duty, he said, to wound the police officers.
Murat K., the man who began by throwing stones and then perpetrated the knife attacks, is a Turkish citizen born in the town of Eschwege in the northeastern part of the state of Hesse. His family, which is not particularly religious, has been living in Germany for decades.
The judge is making a big effort. He speaks to the defendant calmly; he’s even friendly in his effort to understand. He has given Murat K. permission to wear the black head covering he has wound around his head pirate-style.
His approach gets Murat K. talking. The judge asks him to "imagine you are a policeman and it’s your job to ensure order. In your eyes, would you be a justified target?"
"Yes," says Murat K., continuing: "The German state allows caricatures of Muhammad to be shown, so the police are automatically involved."
But what if a Court said it was okay for the caricatures to be shown, the judge asked. "Your values make it possible to insult the Prophet. Islam prohibits that. The price for doing that in Islam is the death sentence. You have your freedom of opinion, but as a Muslim, a believer, Islam must be my opinion."
It was at this point that Judge Reinhoff asked: "You have to use violence to defend Islamic values?" and Murat K. replied: "Yes, of course."
Murat is acting as a good Muslim. Everything that he is doing is according to Islamic law.
Murat is acting as a police officer of Islamic law. The police officers are acting as officers of German law. But there can be only one law in Germany. It will either be Islamic law or German law. Either Justice or Sharia will triumph.