Lars Hedegaard skriver i Wall Street Journal om attentatet mot ham 5. februar og setter det i et perspektiv: Det føyer seg inn i en rekke av attentat mot personer som har krenket islams selvbestaltede voktere.

Hedegaards skildring av selve attentatet er slik at man lurer på hvordan det var mulig at han unngikk den første kulen; avstanden var på én meter.


Shortly after 11 a.m., I was preparing to leave my apartment for the half-hour commute to my newspaper office in Malmo, Sweden, when the door-phone buzzed. The phone doesn’t work properly — I can hear that I have visitors but not communicate with them. Nor can I buzz them in.

I opened a window in my apartment to see who was down below at the front door. A man dressed in a red jacket with the logo of the Danish postal service was waiting at the door. He said he had a package for me. I answered that I couldn’t buzz open the door and would instead come downstairs to get the package.

I went down and opened the front door. The man repeated that he had a package, which he handed to me. As I held the package (which the police later determined was empty), he immediately pulled out a gun and fired at my head.

Between my taking the package and the shot there was less than a second, so I had no inkling of what was going on.

The distance between us must have been less than a yard. Nevertheless, he missed. He then proceeded to fumble with the gun in order to cock it for a second shot. I swung my right fist at his head, and my action confused him sufficiently for him to drop the gun. After a scuffle, he recovered the gun but couldn’t make it fire. He then fled.

Regrettably, he managed to run off with the gun. The police found a bullet hole in the wall and a cartridge.

Hedegaard, som fremdeles beskriver seg selv som marxist, påpeker den merkelige helomvending som har funnet sted: Venstresiden pleide å forsvare religionskritikk og kvinnediskriminering, men hevder nå at de som gjør dette, tilhører høyresiden. Selv har de gått inn i rollen som forsvarer av tradisjoner som hører hjemme i før-opplysningstiden.

Det har vært en rekke attentat mot mennesker som har pådratt seg islamistenes vrede, og Hedegaard sier det er uaktuelt å ta rev i seilene. Bare det faktum at han får skrive i Wall Street Journal, er med å heve hans sak og vise at den vekker internasjonal oppmerksomhet.

Det er vel noe fallout fra karikaturstriden. Den skaffet Danmark goodwill, danskene ble berømte for sitt mot. Det er denne tradisjon Hedegaard inngår i.


<blockquote>For years I have been a campaigner for free speech — since 2004 as president of Denmark’s Free Press Society. I have been an outspoken critic of Islamic supremacism and of attempts to impose Islamic Shariah law in Denmark and the West. Together with my Swedish colleague Ingrid Carlqvist, I have recently launched a Swedish-language weekly newspaper called Dispatch International — to the great dissatisfaction of the Swedish mainstream media, which are probably the most politically correct in the Western world and are in absolute agreement on every issue of any consequence.

Dispatch International is critical of mass immigration to Sweden and Denmark from third-world countries and takes a dim view of Islam. As a consequence, we have been reviled as «racist.» We are not. We simply insist on our right to defend freedom, democracy, the rule of law, and individual and sexual equality. We also insist on our right to criticize religious fanatics of every stripe who try to impose theocratic laws and customs on free societies.
When I was a young Marxist during the 1960s and ’70s, these opinions used to be described as characteristic of the political left. Nowadays the defenders of such positions are routinely labeled as right-wing or as belonging to the «extreme right.» Meanwhile, what used to be the left is cozying up to holy men who want adulterous women to be stoned, homosexuals to be hanged, apostates from Islam to be killed, and 1,200-year-old laws emanating from somewhere in the Arabian desert to replace our free constitutions.

In my home country of Denmark, the reaction to the failed murder has mainly been one of horror. Nearly all leading politicians and media have condemned it. To be sure, some newspapers have availed themselves of this opportunity to emphasize what a despicable racist I am, but at least they express their satisfaction that I’m not dead.

Not so in Sweden, where I work most of the time. The Swedish media have either hinted that I have invented the incident in order to set myself up as a martyr—which would have required a major conspiracy involving the Danish police and Security Service—or they seem disappointed that my delivery man was not a better marksman.

What’s next?

Unfortunately, the attempt on my life is one in a wave of political assassinations or attempted assassinations that has swept Europe since Ayatollah Khomeini issued his so-called fatwa against Salman Rushdie in 1989. Some have been killed—among them the Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn and Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh. Others, like writer Ayaan Hirsi Ali, have been forced to flee Europe or go into hiding.

I am determined not to be silenced, come what may. I refuse to live in a world ruled by the gun.</blockquote>





The Assassin at the Door
A Danish free-speech advocate on the day a gunman disguised as a postal worker tried to kill him.