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Panic room saved artist Kurt Westergaard from Islamist assassin
timesonline.co.uk ^ | Jan. 3, 2010 | Matthew Campbell

Posted on 01/03/2010 11:17:08 AM PST by Free ThinkerNY

Just when Denmark thought the worst was over, Islamic fury has come back to haunt it with an assassination attempt on the artist whose cartoon of the prophet Muhammad as a suicide bomber had an explosive impact four years ago on the Muslim world.

An axe-wielding Somali extremist broke into the home of Kurt Westergaard on Friday night as the 75-year-old cartoonist was looking after Stephanie, his five-year-old granddaughter.

Westergaard, whose little ink drawing of Muhammad with a bomb in his turban sparked riots throughout the Middle East in 2006, has received numerous death threats. He pressed an alarm button to summon police when the attacker entered the house in Aarhus, Denmark’s second city, by breaking a window.

He did not have time to collect the child from the living room before locking himself into a “panic room”, a specially fortified bathroom. He said the assailant had shouted “swear words, really crude words” and shrieked about “blood” and “revenge”, as he smashed the axe in vain against the bathroom door.

“I feared for my grandchild,” he told Jyllands-Posten, the newspaper that had commissioned the cartoon. “But she did great. I knew that he wouldn’t do anything to her.” He went on: “It was close, really close. But we did it.”

The attacker, who was also carrying a knife, shouted, “I’ll be back”, before going outside to confront police. He smashed a police car window with the axe and was shot in the hand and a knee when he threw the axe at an officer. He appeared in court on a stretcher yesterday to be charged with the attempted murder of Westergaard and the policeman.

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1 posted on 01/03/2010 11:17:09 AM PST by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

He left his granddaughter out there? Wow...


2 posted on 01/03/2010 11:19:19 AM PST by CAluvdubya (Palin 2012...YOU BETCHA!.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

So next time they’ll torch his house.


3 posted on 01/03/2010 11:20:00 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Pig feces be upon him


4 posted on 01/03/2010 11:20:40 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: CAluvdubya

...and “knew he wouldn’t do anything to her”? He doesn’t know Muslims very well, does he?


5 posted on 01/03/2010 11:21:18 AM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

he should go to art rehab in saudi arabia


6 posted on 01/03/2010 11:22:39 AM PST by beebuster2000
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To: Free ThinkerNY

A gun would have been good.


7 posted on 01/03/2010 11:23:05 AM PST by The Good Doctor (Democracy is the only system where you can vote for a tax that you can avoid the obligation to pay.)
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To: CAluvdubya

I guess I’m trying to understand why he felt so sure the assailant wouldn’t do anything to the granddaughter? Why not?
Obviously he was first on his hit list, but there’s nothing in the koran that spares infidels regardless of gender or age.
I think he needs to hire an armed bodyguard and keep the house well equipped with needed firepower and take out this dirtbag and any others like him the second they darken his doorstep. Send him to allah, that’s where he wants to go, oblige him. You’ll get a combined sense of justice and relief, with a smidgeon of joy knowing he won’t kill any other innocent infidels.


8 posted on 01/03/2010 11:23:57 AM PST by john drake (Roman military maxim; "oderint dum metuant," i.e., "let them hate, as long as they fear.")
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To: CAluvdubya

That was my thinking. What a man.


9 posted on 01/03/2010 11:25:20 AM PST by carjic (Laid off since Dec 08...HELP!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
An axe-wielding Somali extremist

"HASSAN CHOP!"

10 posted on 01/03/2010 11:25:25 AM PST by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
He smashed a police car window with the axe and was shot in the hand and a knee when he threw the axe at an officer.

Poor marksmanship on the part of the Danish police?

5.56mm

11 posted on 01/03/2010 11:29:59 AM PST by M Kehoe
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To: Free ThinkerNY
He did not have time to collect the child from the living room before locking himself into a “panic room”, a specially fortified bathroom.

What a coward.

12 posted on 01/03/2010 11:34:40 AM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
I have a panic room. Actually I have 6 of them, each is about 44 one hundredths of an inch across and about 2 inches in length.

That may sound small but you wouldn't think so if you were looking down the front doorway.

14 posted on 01/03/2010 11:36:02 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Obama: The Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers)
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To: CAluvdubya

This happens when people are conditioned to expect all protection to come from government!


15 posted on 01/03/2010 11:37:32 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: muir_redwoods
Mine is a tad smaller, but it works.
16 posted on 01/03/2010 11:37:53 AM PST by narses ('in an odd way this is cheering news!'.)
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To: Candor7

He had his bathroom set up as a secure room, but he left his granddaughter in the livingroom?


17 posted on 01/03/2010 11:40:05 AM PST by hennie pennie
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To: john drake

“Hire an armed bodyguard”? Why, can’t he handle a shotgun by himself?


18 posted on 01/03/2010 11:40:35 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: hennie pennie

I thought they both went intio the safe room. Weird?


19 posted on 01/03/2010 11:41:00 AM PST by Candor7 ((The effective weapons Against Fascism are ridicule, derision , truth (.Member NRA))
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To: CAluvdubya

I’m pretty sure they’ll get him next time. Maybe the media can give out his daily schedule and house floor plan.


20 posted on 01/03/2010 11:42:18 AM PST by BallyBill (WARNING:Taking me serious could cause stress related illness.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
He said the assailant had shouted “swear words, really crude words” and shrieked about “blood” and “revenge”,

His Code Pink membership is in the mail.

21 posted on 01/03/2010 11:46:15 AM PST by denydenydeny (The Left sees taxpayers the way Dr Frankenstein saw the local cemetery; raw material for experiments)
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To: The Good Doctor
A gun would have been good.

One would think so, but the guy is 75 years old. Maybe he is too feeble to properly handle a gun.

Pretty lame excuse but just throwing it out there

22 posted on 01/03/2010 11:47:10 AM PST by Popman (Election 2010: Congress: your pink slips are coming ............... :)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

That poor child will go to her grave knowing one thing: Grandpa ran and hid and left me alone with a demon.


23 posted on 01/03/2010 11:53:35 AM PST by LibWhacker (America awake!)
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To: M Kehoe

Probably not. “shoot to kill” doesn’t register in Europe. It’s more like “shoot to upset” or “shoot to reprimand”.


24 posted on 01/03/2010 11:54:58 AM PST by paul544
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To: Free ThinkerNY
This is the 'third' report I've read; and the first to describe his leaving his Granddaughter alone. Am amazed - and confused a bit as well.

As for the perp; it is a shame when the 'axe flew'; the bullets were not better aimed. Am sorry as well; they even mention the 'panic/safe room' as a get away.

Whatever the truth of the matter here; we know Mr. Westergaard has sacrificed a great deal on behalf of freedom, free speech and truth. Like Geert Wilders and a host of others who refuse to pull the Muslim line; these individuals are to be commended; honored and appreciated.

Am grateful for all courageous efforts here. And I wish all of them; including Westergaard's entire family, safe keeping.

Truth in a 'free society' should not come at such a price.

25 posted on 01/03/2010 11:55:20 AM PST by cricket ('Don't bow for me Obama ' (America's 'sorry' President)http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=tCAffMSW)
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To: CAluvdubya

“He left his granddaughter out there? Wow...”

What a low life. Cartoon was spot on,,, but that’s disgusting to flee and leave his granddaughter out there with him.


26 posted on 01/03/2010 11:55:41 AM PST by DesertRhino (Dogs earn thi title of "man's best friend", Muslims hate dogs,,add that up.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Move to Switzerland, buy a gun, problem solved.


27 posted on 01/03/2010 11:56:32 AM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: LibWhacker

That’s what I thought. He will regret it for the rest of his life and his little granddaughter will never forget it. I don’t understand how you do that...leave a child out there. He is 75 though, so maybe he just reacted before thnking. Who knows...


28 posted on 01/03/2010 12:01:38 PM PST by Hildy (This Christmas, the Democrats have given America the one gift that keeps on taking.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
“Hire an armed bodyguard”? Why, can’t he handle a shotgun by himself?"

Because as in most "enlightened" European countries you can not have a firearm to protect yourself from murderous fanatics.

29 posted on 01/03/2010 12:04:39 PM PST by cpdiii (roughneck, oilfield trash and proud of it, geologist, pilot, pharmacist, iconoclast.)
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To: 2banana

If he were my dad, he would never watch my child again. And what were these parents thinking anyway? Numerous death threats? So you send your child over to visit Gramps?


30 posted on 01/03/2010 12:07:59 PM PST by BuckeyeTexan (Integrity, Honesty, Character, & Loyalty still matter)
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To: Republic of Texas
He probably knows far more than we do; and is still living to validate such. While these people will gladly sport their own children; think this Fatwah would not hold any honor if a child had been 'taken' and not the perp himself. Now, torturing children to get parents to respond an entirely different line of reasoning - so called. Let's face it; we ARE dealing with barbarous, archaic mentalities and we can take nothing for granted. Can only imagine that Mr. Westergaard thought; and apparently rightfully so,in this case; that his granddaughter would not be harmed.

This man has otherwise shown signs of great courage and determination in his 'cause for truth and justice' and see no - or maybe little - reason to attack him.

OTOH; had he stayed with her; she may have witnessed a 'God-awful' sight that would impact her for the rest of her life; or it may have then been 'ok' for gunman to take her out as well; after 'Grand Father'. . .

Am thankful this did not have the ending intended by perp; though do wish, again, that police had taken better aim. Now, to see, what happens next. . .and what kind of Justice will be served.

31 posted on 01/03/2010 12:08:39 PM PST by cricket ('Don't bow for me Obama ' (America's 'sorry' President)http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=tCAffMSW)
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To: cpdiii

One might reasonably expect that ‘special circumstances’ call for ‘special considerations’. . .but noooooo; and no reason, really, to expect the reasonable from any Liberal governance.


32 posted on 01/03/2010 12:11:23 PM PST by cricket ('Don't bow for me Obama ' (America's 'sorry' President)http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=tCAffMSW)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

He’s 75; maybe not as quick physically or mentally, if you know what I mean. Plus, living in a socialist country, he wouldn’t know which end of the gun to use most likely. A tried and true member of the nanny state, too.


33 posted on 01/03/2010 12:11:38 PM PST by john drake (Roman military maxim; "oderint dum metuant," i.e., "let them hate, as long as they fear.")
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To: DesertRhino
A Comment from the Newspaper Comments secton:

Lauren B wrote: "Anyone with an ounce of integrity would have risked life and limb to ensure the safety of a (any) child. But no, he lives in a house with a panic room and thinks of himself first." Initally I had the same reaction as above when reading that Westergaard did not have time to collect the child from the living room, but then I actually used my brain and thought, "wait a minute - I wasn't there!" Maybe this man was just seconds away from being bludgeoned to death when he realised that he could not possibly get past the much younger, much stronger axe-weilding maniac to get to the child. Maybe she was on the other side of the house and maybe he knew that he had no chance of being a hero and maybe he thought that she would hear the commotion and, being a tiny child, she could hide which would give her a better chance of survival than if he drew the maniac's attention to the fact that she was in the house. And maybe he didn't think it would be good for the child to witness her grandfather being hacked to death before her eyes. So maybe we should suspend judgment until we are in the exact same situation?

To which I would say "I can quite categorically state that if I had found myself in the same position and did what he did, I would quite rightly be deeply ashamed of myself and would remain so until the end of my days".

34 posted on 01/03/2010 12:11:49 PM PST by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: Free ThinkerNY

My panic rooms have guns in them. Its the “Easy Button” for dealing with home invasion.


35 posted on 01/03/2010 12:13:36 PM PST by SampleMan (No one should die on a gov. waiting list., or go broke because the gov. has dictated their salary.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Wow. I’m amazed at all the “grandpa threw her to the wolves” nonsense.

An old man had seconds to react. If he were a young man he still would have done the right thing.

He was the target. As long as he and the child were separated it bought time. Time for the police to arrive. Which is exactly what happened.

Had he ran for the child, they would have both been killed.


36 posted on 01/03/2010 12:20:00 PM PST by moehoward
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To: CAluvdubya
Why couldn't he "collect" her?
Why didn't a five year old run with grandpa?
My guess is because she may have been sleeping. Soundly.
Other option is, she probably was trained how to act in case of such an occurance.

Now that the lunatics know that he had a "panic" room, they'll just bomb the place next time. I suggest he move.

37 posted on 01/03/2010 12:23:27 PM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: 1_Rain_Drop

as cricket pointed out there ar3 other reports on this incident that say he did take his granddaughter with him
ABC for one
http://abcnews.go.com/WN/muhammad-cartoonist-fled-panic-room-escape-intruder-ax/story?id=9465442&page=1
“Armed with an ax and knife, the suspect entered the artist’s home shouting threats of “blood” and “revenge,” according to Westergaard, before he and his granddaughter, who was in the home on a sleepover, fled into a specifically created safe room and awaited police who arrived two minutes later.


38 posted on 01/03/2010 12:27:40 PM PST by RWGinger
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To: Republic of Texas; john drake
I would never assume that a Muslim attacker would't harm that little girl.

Seems to me, that's just what they would do to make him suffer...can't get him, get the one he loves.

39 posted on 01/03/2010 12:29:16 PM PST by CAluvdubya (Palin 2012...YOU BETCHA!.)
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To: moehoward
Agree with you (per post 31) and just want to add that according to Islam --- every human child when born is inherently a Muslim, as it is in a mentally unpolluted pure state. Only when grows to be a non Muslim, he / she loses purity of mind and hence becomes an infidel.

. . .and another reason, no doubt; that Grand Father may have felt 'right' in his safety run. But agree; had he taken her; he may have risked far greater than by going it alone. ..

This man has walked a path that few of us here would be willing to 'brave'. Think condemning him is a mistake and only puts one on the side of the jihadist perps who will no doubt celebrate the castigations against this man, who has already demonstrated an uncommon courage against an uncommon enemy.

40 posted on 01/03/2010 12:31:38 PM PST by cricket ('Don't bow for me Obama ' (America's 'sorry' President)http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=tCAffMSW)
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To: 1_Rain_Drop
I guess she won't be visiting Grandpa anymore.

I agree that he should move because he's just a sitting target.

41 posted on 01/03/2010 12:31:58 PM PST by CAluvdubya (Palin 2012...YOU BETCHA!.)
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To: cricket
Truth in a 'free society' should not come at such a price.

Truth at a price?

We might ask that question of:

Joe the Plumber

Rush Limbaugh

The LEO who had a beer at the White House

Glenn Beck

Charlie the fireman

The Rasmussen Poll

Welcome to 0bama's Chicagoland, America

42 posted on 01/03/2010 12:43:04 PM PST by TYVets (Let's Roll!!! The leadership of the GOP has no spine and no guts, but we conservatives do)
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To: cricket

Agreed. And I had not read that far to 36. But agree there as well.

The local Police had to be all to familiar with what this man was up against. I’m sure they would get there double quick.


43 posted on 01/03/2010 12:47:16 PM PST by moehoward
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To: Free ThinkerNY

He was very lucky this guy didn’t take his granddaughter’s head off with the axe. There have been numerous cases where terrorists have killed little kids when they come for vengeance. I remember one case in Israel where a Palestinian snatched a Jewish baby from a cradle and smashed its head against a rock when he fled. And other cases in Southeast Asia where they have murdered small girls walking home from school. Obama’s cousin Odinga ordered a church burned down in Kenya full of women and children, and they used machetes on the few who got out.


44 posted on 01/03/2010 12:49:57 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: john drake
I read an interview where he had been given this advice.That they mostly were after him. So therby removing himself from his granddaughter was the proper thing to do. She had a broken bone I think. I think it was the wrong thing to do. He and his granddaughter were very lucky.
45 posted on 01/03/2010 12:54:05 PM PST by marthemaria (i)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

All i can think of..is the 75 year old american men that I know who would lay down their lives happily to make sure that their grandchild is safe. No way could I see an american man run to safety and leave a grand daughter in danger.


46 posted on 01/03/2010 1:06:24 PM PST by annelizly
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To: 1_Rain_Drop

She had a broken leg in a cast.


47 posted on 01/03/2010 1:07:01 PM PST by marthemaria (i)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...
An axe-wielding Somali extremist broke into the home of Kurt Westergaard on Friday night as the 75-year-old cartoonist was looking after Stephanie, his five-year-old granddaughter.
Thanks FreeThinkerNY
48 posted on 01/03/2010 1:59:52 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Happy New Year!)
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To: marthemaria
Ahhh! Thank you. Explains everything.

I'm just glad the girl and grandpa are fine. I'm impressed how fast the police arrived.

49 posted on 01/03/2010 2:12:39 PM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: TYVets
Oh, I agree wholeheartedly and was tempted to offer such. But the truth is; as bad as all the above have it; and no question they live with threats daily; they still have not had a determined, specific promise of a life thretening Fatwah issued against them and they are still relatively free to move about and enjoy life.

Rush - though given his 'episode' may not have enjoyed Hawaii as much as he had anticipated - but you get my drift. Rush has bodyguards as perhaps - or 'no doubt' - does Glenn; and must take particular precautions in his lifestyle; but again, Westergaard has had to alter his entire life to insure he does not go out with a bloodied scream of 'allahu ackbar'; a threat that follows his every step and waking hour.

That said; appreciate all who make sacrifices on our behalf when it comes to speaking truth against the 'false'; while holding steadfast to what is theirs and ours, basic freedoms. We need these voices; and the courage they demonstrate daily should have our greatest appreciation.

50 posted on 01/03/2010 2:14:11 PM PST by cricket ('Don't bow for me Obama ' (America's 'sorry' President)http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=tCAffMSW)
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