The Copenhagen shootings target Jews....
Denmark has been, in a way, Ground Zero--arguably a "new terrorist normal"--for the violent phase of the Islamist assault on free speech in Europe. In Sept. 2005 Jyllens-Posten published 12 cartoons poking fun at Muhammad, with no public reaction from votaries of Islam. In Dec. 2015 radical imams resident in Denmark added 3 patently offensive fake cartoons, and circulated them in the Mideast; these fake 3 provoked riots around the globe. (Here are the 15 cartoons--the 12 & the added, fake, 3.)
The Copenhagen shootings--the perp was Danish-born; victims included a Danish filmmaker--precisely parallel the Paris atrocities of January. Both the Paris "Charlie Hebdo" & Copenhagen cafe shootings--the latter where a prominent Danish satirist whose work target militant Islam as speaking--were chosen specifically to intimidate free speech rights. The Paris kosher deli & Copenhagen synagogue shootings were both aimed at places intended to serve a Jewish clientele (albeit non-Jews are welcome in both types of places).
The shooter, killed by Danish police, had been on Denmark's terror watch list, and had a criminal record. The Danes, French--and, likely, the US--must explore more effective ways to monitor their watch lists and act in advance, if possible. The eloquent parliamentary speech (4:43) given Jan. 13 by Manuel Valls, France's prime minster, while worthy, is not enough. But WashTimes pundit Wes Pruden sees France's push-back as a start.
At PJM, David Goldman proposes that the French crack down on Muslim communities:
Few young European Muslims jump directly into violence: they join gangs, they attend radical mosques, they frequent jihadist chat rooms, and they otherwise flag their presence to the authorities. Security services use the threat of jail, deportation of family members, and so forth to compel their cooperation. This approach works until it doesn’t, that is, until the subjects of scrutiny cease to care about the consequences. As John Schindler observed at the XX Committee blog, there was no “intelligence failure” in Paris: the problem is that the security services are overwhelmed. A pseudonymous European security official made the same point recently at Asia Times Online.
The lesson of Copenhagan is the same as the lesson of Paris: the fragile social peace that European governments have maintained with their Muslim immigrant communities requires a fundamental revision. In the past, European security services let jihadists blow of steam while quietly culling potential killers. That has failed. The alternative is to tighten the screws on Muslim communities. . . .
It’s no longer enough to patrol the edge of the swamp and kill mosquitos with fly-swatters. There’s no alternative to draining the swamp.
Goldman writes that mass deportation and an end to integration will be required. Demographer Joel Kotkin sees a contraction of the Jewish diaspora.
An American president in denial over Islamist and anti-Semitic violence--as his "paper of record," the Gray Lady is--is not a good candidate to step up to the plate:
At the present time, over a dozen hours after other media (such as The Guardian) reported prominently on the specifically anti-Semitic nature of yesterday’s attack in Copenhagen and on the fact there was a Bat Mitzvah going on in the synagogue while it was being attacked (with over 80 people including many children inside), the lengthy report on the New York Times website on the Copenhagen shootings doesn’t mention the word “anti-Semitism” once. Instead New York Times correspondent Steven Erlanger writes in his piece “anti-Muslim sentiment is rising in Europe.”
Nor does the New York Times mention the bat mitzvah. There are not so many Jews in Denmark and not many bat mitzvahs -- it seems the terrorist had done his research carefully. Yet the New York Times website home page says, at the time of writing, that the shooting was “near a synagogue”. It wasn’t near a synagogue. It was at a synagogue. The synagogue was the target. Which is why a Jew guarding the synagogue was shot dead. With the New York Times’ reporting one starts to understand how Obama and his spokespeople could say the kosher attack in Paris was “random” even though the perpetrator – interviewed live on French radio during the attack – proudly boasted that he had come all the way across Paris in order to kill Jews gathering before the sabbath.....
And as for the Obama administration, the fact that the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) that it sent to Congress last week, omitted naming Jews as an ethnic group specifically threatened by ISIS (when in fact they may well be its prime targets) reveals all one needs to know about how seriously they take anti-Semitism.
Without Obama's lead the chances that European leaders will lead is diminished. Israeli PM Netanyahu invited European Jews to emigrate to Israel.
Bottom Line. Once again the Western response will have to be more than words if it is to have any chance to stop these kinds of attacks.
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