Last week, Mullah Krekhar, founder of Ansar al Islam (the first Iraqi group affiliated with al-Qaida), was indicted in Oslo for threatening Norwegian government officials with death if he were to be deported. Krekhar took refuge in Oslo in early part of the last decade and has been seeking asylum. In comments to various news media, he threatened attacks if he was sent abroad, mainly on opposition figures who have long called for his extradition to the U.S.BTW, the MSNBC piece is headlined--risibly--"Why would terrorists want to attack Norway?: A question that's pretty much answered here:
In January 2006, the Norwegian government apologized to Muslims worldwide after the publication of 12 cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad in the Norwegian newspaper MagazinetThe clueless, craven Norwegians have been groveling like mad for years now. As such, the better question is "Why wouldn't terrorists want to attack Norway?"
Update: From the New York Times:
A terror group, Ansar al-Jihad al-Alami, or the Helpers of the Global Jihad, issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack, according to Will McCants, a terrorism analyst at C.N.A., a research institute that studies terrorism. The message said the attack was a response to Norwegian forces’ presence in Afghanistan and to unspecified insults to the Prophet Muhammad.That last bit about says it all, I think. The biggest insult of all to these types is our daring to live and breathe as non-Muslims (i.e. kafirs).
Update: Prior to today's terror attacks, Norway pushed for talks with Somalia jihadis Al-Shabaab.
Update: This is the Mullah Krekar portion of a Mark Steyn piece that was one of the many, many items published in Maclean's which formed the basis of the Canadian Islamic Congress's complaint three of Canada's "human rights" bodies:
"We're the ones who will change you," the Norwegian imam Mullah Krekar told the Oslo newspaper Dagbladet in 2006. "Just look at the development within Europe, where the number of Muslims is expanding like mosquitoes. Every Western woman in the EU is producing an average of 1.4 children.And here's how the CIC interpreted it (its emphasis):
Every Muslim woman in the same countries is producing 3.5 children." As he summed it up: "Our way of thinking will prove more powerful than yours."
Adopting a fear mongering tone, this article focuses on the influx of Muslim immigrants into Europe and North America. It explicitly and implicitly states that this influx poses a threat to the fabric of Western society, to democracy, and to human rights due to the religious identity and beliefs of uslims in general. Another significant theme contained in the article is that there is allegedly an ongoing war between Muslims and Non-Muslims, that Muslims are part of a global conspiracy to take over Western societies, and that Muslims in the West need to be viewed through this lens as the enemy.