Dan Uzan died at the gate keeping a Muslim terrorist out of the Jewish Hall behind the Great Synagogue of Copenhagen. In the hall, a young girl was coming of age surrounded by eighty guests. They did not hear the gunshots over the music. They did not hear the 6’5 basketball player guarding them die.
The gates of the Great Synagogue are more modest than the Gates of Vienna, where the Ottoman Empire was prevented from overrunning Europe, but Dan held them anyway so that a young girl could survive her birthday. And it may be that the hope of our civilization that prevents the world we know from drowning in bloody severed heads and Allahu Akbars begins with one man holding the gate and refusing to let the savage tide through. If not here, then perhaps in another place and another time.
It was not the first time that the savage tide had touched the Great Synagogue.
Thirty years ago, the synagogue had been bombed by Palestinian Muslim terrorists who had received asylum in Sweden. No one was killed, but seven residents were injured in a nearby Jewish nursing home. The ringleader, Mohammed Abu Talb who had been trained in the USSR, received a life sentence which was later reduced to thirty years, making him eligible for release.
The murder of Dan Uzan was Omar El-Hussein’s final crime, but it was not his first crime.
Finn Nørgaard died at an event on freedom of expression. The bullets cut through the glass wall of the café. The killer shot the filmmaker, who had undergone surgery to fix a hole in the heart, in the chest. One of his last Facebook posts featured Charlie Hebdo. The other linked to a story arguing that Mohammed could be drawn. But on the other side of the glass was Omar who disagreed.
The target of the Muslim terrorist may have been Lars Vilks, the maverick artist who drew Mohammed, but he was just as willing to shoot Finn Nørgaard in the chest at close range, despite the Danish filmmaker’s sympathies for immigrants. Omar was there to kill anyone who believed in freedom of expression. And as a filmmaker, freedom of expression was what Nørgaard believed in.
The Husseins of this world are ready to kill and die for their beliefs. They settle blasphemy debates with bullets. There is only an iron gate or a glass wall separating us from them.
Only that and men willing to die to stop them; men like Dan Uzan and the police officers and bodyguards wounded in the attacks. And men like Lars Vilks, who are willing to risk their lives to make themselves targets even knowing what lies on the other side of the fragile glass of our civilization.
Freedom of speech and freedom of religion are just words unless someone is willing to die for them. For a few generations everyone took them for granted. But now in Copenhagen and in Paris and in the twinkling outposts of civilization strewn across a twilit earth, men are dying for them once again.
They die unprepared, without understanding that they are civilization’s last line of defense.
Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein was exactly the sort of second or third generation immigrant that good Europeans fear and feel sorry for. The bad neighborhoods of Copenhagen crawl with them. They are the foot soldiers of crime, the thugs and drug dealers, the car thieves and muggers, who make it happen.
Lazy and bored, born to families living on welfare, touchy and eager for a fight, they move in and out of prisons accompanied by a rap soundtrack until eventually they find Allah, switch to Nasheeds, dig through the Koran and realize that the guns they run for gangs can be used equally well for massacres.
Omar might have easily been featured in Nørgaard ‘s documentary “Another Way” with its cast of scowling Muslim youths who go from burning cars to trying to turn their lives around on a hike with the aid of a blonde female CEO. Omar could have easily fit in among Ibrahim, Abdallah, Zeshan and Tiam.
But was Nørgaard listening when Abdallah said in his documentary that “As a Muslim, Islam stands above all else.” Did he truly understand the implications?
Omar’s murder of Finn Nørgaard was the “other way” that few in Europe dare to acknowledge. It is the way of Islam. It is the way that Muslims put Islam above all else, above their own freedom and the freedom of others, so that the way of Allah made be made supreme upon the earth.
At twenty-two, Omar El-Hussein already had a full rap sheet. A member of one of the Muslim gangs terrorizing Copenhagen, he had been sentenced to two years in prison for stabbing a man on a train. Two weeks after his release, the terrorism began. Now Omar is dead, along with two other men.
But there are plenty of other Omars in Copenhagen. Today they burn cars. Tomorrow they burn people.
Mohammed recruited men like them to rob and kill for him. Over a thousand years later they are still killing for him. Copenhagen may be an ancient city, but the hissing desert is older still. The sword and the Koran are older than Copenhagen. If the city is to survive them, it must do more than weep and place dead flowers on stony streets. It must find the strength in those stones to preserve its people.
Recent surveys showed that the majority of Danes want to limit Muslim immigration. A third believes that Denmark is far too tolerant of Muslims. Meanwhile the men who hold the gate and sit by the wall die to buy the rest time to wake up. They die in cafes and synagogues. They die with their hearts full of love without ever understanding the hate that drives the enemy that is killing them.
Omar El-Hussein was not disadvantaged. He was not disaffected. He was not oppressed. He was following the path of his people. He was following the law of the Muslim world. The law of Islam.
Perhaps he was trained in some ISIS camp, but more likely his training came in the streets and prisons where Muslim organized crime makes its own training camp.
He is not the first Muslim terrorist to strike Copenhagen. He will not be the last.
The duty of the Muslim is “Enjoining right and forbidding wrong”. That is what ISIS does in Iraq. It’s what Omar El-Hussein did in Copenhagen. Freedom of expression is wrong. All religions except Islam are wrong.
That is the Islamic view from the other side of the gate, the other side of the wall and the other side of the gun.
Islamic immigration has built a wall across Copenhagen. It has built a wall across Europe. It has built a wall across the West.
On one side are the Dan Uzans and the Finn Nørgaards. On the other are the Omar El-Husseins.
The wall is constantly expanding and growing. And the foe is at the gate.
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