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Last updated on August 9th, 2017 at 07:33 am
The Guardian’s Luke Harding is chilled:
Denmark has now drifted to the right – as has neighbouring Sweden, which last week booted out its Social Democrat government. The chill hand of pragmatism has even arrived in Christiania, the Danish capital’s hippy commune, as the government announced last week it intended to charge the hairy denizens rent.
Why, Denmark is practically a police state. Speaking of hairy denizens, Harding also meets Ahmad Abu-Laban, the dumb cleric who took the Danish Motoons (plus a few extra-inflammatory freelance images) on a death-provoking Middle Eastern tour:
According to Mr Abu-Laban, the cartoons a year ago were the “final straw” – and followed a long list of “provocations” aimed at Denmark’s small Muslim community. “When I saw the cartoons I said to myself: ‘Oh, not again’,” he said. “I had a vague feeling that something bad would happen.”
Ahmad is a regular Nostradamus. Although I’m not sure if predictions count if you’re actually responsible for them coming true:
He put together a dossier of the 12 drawings originally published by Jyllands-Posten, the newspaper at the centre of the row. But he also included three pieces of unpublished hate mail – showing a dog sodomising a praying Muslim, Mohammad as a paedophile, and a French pig-squealing contestant.
The cleric insists that the ensuing crisis was not his fault.
UPDATE. Ushie: “No one ever expects the Chill Hand of Pragmatism!”
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