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Krekar threatens Norway (Norway)
Aftenposten ^ | September 6, 2005 | tr. Nina Berglund

Posted on 09/06/2005 4:40:51 AM PDT by franksolich

Norway's most controversial refugee has lodged a threat against the country that has hosted him and his family for the past 14 years. Mullah Krekar calls his possible deportation "an offense" that shouldn't go unpunished. Mullah Krekar continues to fight deportation back to Iraq, and calls any such order "an offense" that should be punished.

Oslo newspaper Aftenposten reported Tuesday that Krekar, in an interview with Arab TV station Al-Jazeera, vowed he will never go along with a deportation order issued by Norwegian authorities. Cabinet Minister Erna Solberg initially ordered him sent out of the country in February 2003, calling Krekar a threat to national security.

Krekar fled Iraq in the early 1990s and landed in Norway in 1991. He later, however, started travelling back to northern Iraq, where he played a key role in building up the guerrilla group known as Ansar al-Islam.

Now Krekar claims he faces torture and a death sentence if the Norwegian authorities send him back to Iraq. He told Al-Jazeera, therefore, that "everyone must know" that a deportation to Iraq "is an offense that shouldn't be made without punishment."

Krekar wasn't specific, however, about what kind of punishment he thinks Norway should receive if a court upholds Solberg's deportation order.

"I have faith in Allah," Krekar told Al-Jazeera in the text of the interview dated August 31. "I defend my rights in their court just like Western people defend their rights. I am patient like they are patient. But if my patience runs out, I will react like Orientals do."

Asked how "Orientals" react, Krekar said: "I don't want to comment on that."

Allah's pardon.

In the interview, Krekar also seemed to attack Solberg personally. "How can a politician play with my life to satisfy her adolescent political visions," he asked.

Krekar also spoke positively about suspected terrorist leader Osama bin Laden and developments in the Muslim world. "The whole world must see that Jihad... is increasing in its scope with Allah's pardon," he said. "This trend represents solidarity in the Muslim community."

He added that he thinks "Jihadists" won't ease up "until they see Islam's house equipped with Saladins sable, Mohammed's conquering turban and Osama bin Laden's vision." He thus combined three important symbols used by Islamic extremists.

Remarks downplayed.

Krekar's Norwegian defense attorney Brynjar Meling downplayed the significance of Krekar's claims in the Al-Jazeera interview, saying they didn't amount to threats and contained nothing new. He declined further comment, though, until he had conferred with his client.

Solberg, meanwhile, responded that "no one can threaten their way into obtaining permanent residence in Norway." She maintains that a new constitution and government in Iraq, with guarantees that Krekar won't be executed, are expected to clear the way for Krekar's expulsion.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bison; elections; norway; terrorism
You know, this bears watching; Norway has national elections in about a week, and one wonders about the possibility of some sort of replay of Madrid, so as to intimidate the Norwegians.

One surely hopes not, and one surely hopes the Norwegians are more vigilant then usual.

Also, one notices a peculiar phenomenon the terrorists and members of democraticunderground share in common; whenever legitimate criticism is used against either, their customary response is a sneering condescension about their critics being "adolescent."

Yeah, right.

1 posted on 09/06/2005 4:40:51 AM PDT by franksolich
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2 posted on 09/06/2005 4:42:26 AM PDT by franksolich (learn to labor, and to wait)
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To: franksolich

The Islamists have intimidated their way across the world.

3 posted on 09/06/2005 5:08:15 AM PDT by tkathy (Tyranny breeds terrorism. Freedom breeds peace.)
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To: franksolich as to intimidate the Norwegians.

Well, it wouldn't have worked with my Norwegian-American ancestors: 'muleish' was their most compliant mode. But whether the Norwegians in Norway are, a century later, made of the same stuff... we'll see.

4 posted on 09/06/2005 5:27:41 AM PDT by Grut
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To: franksolich

Ayman al-Zawahiri, the number 2 man in Al Qaeda, maintained a home in Norway. He, along with another Islamic Jihad leader Tallat Fouad Abdul Qasim who lived in Denmark, and Krakar, formed an AQ triad in Scandanavia. Abdul Qasim later worked with Zawahiri in Peshawar, while Krekar served as cheerleader in Norway.

5 posted on 09/06/2005 6:36:32 AM PDT by gaspar
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To: franksolich

Fine, do not deport him, he is speaking treason and sedition, hang him instead. Arrogant welfare terrorist removal method.

6 posted on 09/06/2005 8:32:44 AM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: tkathy

"The Islamists have intimidated their way across the world."

Amen to that.

7 posted on 09/06/2005 8:58:43 AM PDT by Arpege92 ("I am happy, be it yourselves." - Pope John Paul II)
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