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THIS DAY March 5

Posted by Shiva on March 4, 2009

March 5 2009: Copenhagen, Denmark. On Sunday night two masked youths, connected to the immigrant gangs that are fighting out a turf war with the Hell’s Angels, attacked a pub on Amager in Copenhagen. They forced a man to lie on his belly at gunpoint and then fired 10 shots into the pub, killing one and injuring two, before shooting the man on the street in his kneecaps.

The incident is the third in as many days. On Saturday night a 32-year-old man trying to park his car on his way to a concert was shot by youths on bikes, and on Friday another random victim, a young man, not connected to any of the involved groups, was shot and had his throat cut in execution style at an estate in Copenhagen’s troubled Norrebro area, probably by people connected to the AK81 supporters of Hell’s Angels.

The gang war has been pasteurising life in the Danish capital for far too long. The police have tried to control matters, but rather than being solved, the problems seem to be escalating and the locals are increasingly staying indoors or even moving out of the trouble spots. Normal Copenhagen residents fear being mistaken for a gang member by stressed criminals worried for their own safety. The number of casualties unrelated to the various groups is rising dramatically.

The Danish minister of justice, Brian Mikkelsen, insists that the fight against the gangs is being won, but it certainly doesn’t feel that way walking on Norrebro in central Copenhagen on the weekend. The atmosphere, in an area usually full of people in shops and cafes, is tense – the locals just want the problems and the criminals to go away.

The Danish integration minister, Birthe Ronn Hornbech, is now contemplating the introduction of a new set of laws that will in effect mean that all foreigners caught committing a crime involving a weapon will be expelled from the country. The proposed policy is supported by the rest of centre-right government and the Danish People’s party, and therefore looks likely to be passed in parliament. But several experts(muslim) have warned that the new zero tolerance strategy is risking institutionalised inequality. While the tough line might have some effect on the immigrant gangs, it could easily be seen by the Hell’s Angels as giving them the upper hand and reason to start an offensive.

Danish police have increased their presence in the Copenhagen trouble spots, but so far they have been hapless bystanders. The gang war is being fought between two factions fighting for control of the lucrative drugs market. But, for all the shootings and stabbings, the real victims are the local residents. It is strange that it should take dozens of episodes with firearms and several deaths before the police are willing to upgrade their presence

The ongoing gang war, with its clear ethnic tensions, has done little to better the already strained relationship between white Danes and foreigners. But while the Hell’s Angels and their supporters are a clear and relatively easily defined group, the immigrant gangs are less well known. It is them the Danish population fear the most.


March 03, 2009: Ribnovo, Bulgaria. Yane Yanev, the leader of the opposition “Order, Law, Justice” Party visited Monday several villages in Southern to meet with alarmed teachers and parents, who have presented concrete evidence of the imposed conversion to fundamentalist Islam in the region.
The example of the village of Ribnovo, in the Gurmen municipality, has been presented as the most striking one. In Ribnovo, the school principal, Feim Issa, had imposed full dictatorship on the teaching staff, forcing them to wear traditional Muslim clothes, and encouraging female student to the same. Issa has been illegally appointed as principal with help of the local mosque’s leaders and is actively supporting the religion teacher at the school, Murat Boshnak. Boshnak is, reportedly, an individual with suspicious past and unclear educational background.
He is not holding even a Bulgarian high school diploma, but has graduated from a religious school in Skopje, Macedonia. Ribnovo residents allege that Boshnak has specialized in Saudi Arabia and is forcefully making parents to sign requests for their children to study the Islam.

Girls from the village of Ribnovo, in Saudi Arabian attire, are pictured after taking a class on radical Islam.

He is also demanding that children address him as “aga’ instead of “gospodin” (Mister), had prohibited girls from attending the last prom in civil attire and issued a ban on celebrations. Boshnak later organized a trip to Turkey with funds from an Arab foundation. Only one girl had attended the prom. Parents, who refuse to follow the fundamentalist rules, are being cursed during services in the local mosque.
Yanev had established similar examples in the village of Satovcha, where the school principal regularly attended classes in radical Islamism in an illegal local fundamentalist school. The principal was currently on maternity leave and, in order to keep the school under control, had appointed her own husband to replace her.

March 03, 2009: Olso, Norway. Muslim girls beaten for not wearing the hijab Norway: Muslim girls beaten for not wearing the hijab
Muslim girls who don’t wear the hijab all the time are beaten, says Gerd Fleischer, of Self-Help for Immigrants and Refugees (Seif).
“In my office, women cried brave tears over having to go with a hijab. Countless young women despairingly told me that they don’t have the hijab on all the time, they’ll get a beating.”
“These don’t dare appear in the public debate,” Fleischer told Vårt Land.
She’s upset that young Muslim women say they are free to choose if they want to go with a hijab.
She says that the proud educated women who appear with the hijab, know too that their sisters are coerced. But they speak little of it. Fleischer says it should be part of their women’s liberation to also support them. The coercion many women experience, is barely mentioned as an aside.
She says young girls have to move to other places in the country and live in secret addresses, also because they don’t want to go with a hijab.
“Parents often beat their daughters into obedience and virtue and the hijab as a rule constitutes part of the control,” says Fleischer.


Today’s Golden Oldie is from 1975.

I pulled it out of the Dry Bones Archives because a reader left a comment on the blog yesterday to suggest it as pertinent. He did so because he remembered the “Could we be sane and the rest of the world be crazy?” line.

The 1975 cartoon was a response to a PLO terror attack in Tel Aviv a few days earlier. In a strange coincidence, that particular Palestinian atrocity was discussed in India Today (New Delhi) earlier this month:

Yaakov Kirschen Dry Bones

Mumbai Terror Attacks Similar to Savoy Hotel Attack“Eight terrorists land on a beach from a mother ship, walk into a busy hotel in the centre of town firing AK-47s, throwing grenades. Sounds familiar?

March 5, 1975: Two boats filled with 8 Palestinian Al Fatah militants landed on the coast of Israel, proceeded on foot to Tel Aviv, and stormed the Savoy Hotel. The original target of the attack was reportedly the Tel Aviv Municipality Youth Center.

However, the Muslims encountered several policemen on their way to the Youth Center. While fleeing the policemen, the terrorists killed two officers and seized the Savoy Hotel. The terrorists took the guests and employees hostage and reportedly demanded a plane to Syria with which to leave with their hostages.

They also demanded that the French, Greek, Vatican, or UN ambassador be brought in as a guarantor of the deal and demanded the release of ten prisoners, including the Greek Catholic Archbishop of Jerusalem, Most Reverend Hillarion Capucci, in jail for arms smuggling.

They later reduced their demand to safe passage for themselves. On the morning of March 6, Israeli troops stormed the Hotel and the stand-off ended with eight civilian hostages, three Israeli soldiers, and seven gunmen killed in the attack.

Between six and twelve civilians and six soldiers, were injured. The attack occurred on the eve of a visit by Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to the Middle East to assist in peace negotiations. The terrorists stated that the attack was intended to serve as notice to the Israeli government and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger that there could be no Middle East peace settlement with the Palestinians.March 5, 1972: The Black_September Organization sabotaged the Esso oil pipeline near Hamburg, Germany claiming that the company had aided the Israelis.

March 5, 1973: In Morocco, a package containing a bomb was discovered inside a paper towel dispenser in a public washroom at the U.S. Information Service Cultural Center in Casablanca.

March 5, 1981: The Iranian ambassador to Syria was murdered in Beirut. The assassination was linked to the ongoing war between Iran and Iraq and thus indicative of Sunni-Shia sectarianism.

March 5, 1981: Three Islamic jihadists shot and killed an Iranian student using silencers as he walked on a Beirut street. Mohammad Saleh, president of the Iranian Student Association, was the second Shia student activist to be killed since the beginning of the Iranian-Iraqi war.

March 5, 1987: The Abu Nidal Group hung two Palestinians they accused of being Jordanian spies. The executions of Nathem Abd Ahmed Abu Sbeih and his uncle, Khaled Muhammad Ali Musalam Abu Sbeih occurred in Istanbul, Turkey.

March 5, 1989: Five Italian bookstores in Padua were set ablaze after displaying Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses. Before the fires were set, someone claiming to represent Islamic Jihad called a newspaper office in Padua and threatened to “launch a wave of bombings against Italian bookstores if Rushdie’s book were not removed from shelves.”

March 5, 1996: A member of the People’s Mujahideen, an armed Iranian opposition group, was executed in Baghdad while sitting in his car. The Iranian opposition group accused the Iranian secret service of carrying out the assassination.

On This Day Since 9/11

March 5, 2002: Afula, Israel. 85-year-old man is killed in a Fedayeen suicide bombing at a bus station.
March 5, 2002: Bethlehem, Israel. A female motorist gunned down by a Palestinian sniper. Her husband is badly injured.
March 5, 2002: Tel Aviv, Israel. Three Israelis are killed and more than thirty injured when two Muslim gunmen open fire at adjacent restaurants.March 5, 2003: Dyshne-Vedeno, Chechnya. A pro-Russian Chechen commander and one other are killed by a bomb hidden in a sofa. Four others in an adjacent house were injured.
March 5, 2003: Haifa, Israel. A Palestinian suicide bomber blows up a bus, killing at least fifteen and injuring thirty-seven. A 14-year-old American girl is among the dead.March 5, 2004: Shay Joy, Afghanistan. Taliban gunmen kill an Afghan guard and a Turkish engineer. They abduct two others.March 5, 2006: Baramulla, India. A man is gunned down by the Mujahideen at a bus stop
March 5, 2006: Srinagar, India. Two policemen die when a Jaish-e-Mohammad radical lobs a grenade at their picket.
March 5, 2006: Baghdad, Iraq. Shia gunmen storm a Sunni mosque, killing three people.
March 5, 2006: Kishtwar, India. A civlian is shot to death by the Muhahideen outside his home
March 5, 2006: Baiji, Iraq. Religious fundamentalists murder two barbers who were on their way to work.
March 5, 2006: Pulwama, India. Twenty-four civilians and two police are injured when a Jaish-e-Mohammad militant tosses a grenade into the road.March 5, 2007: Yala, Thailand. A 21-year-old Buddhist man is shot to death by Muslim insurgents while standing in a phone booth.
March 5, 2007: Yala, Thailand. Two married couples are targeted by Muslim gunmen, resulting in one death and three injuries.
March 5, 2007: Narathiwat, Thailand. A 70-year-old Buddhist man is shot to death by militant Muslims.
March 5, 2007: Sulaiman Bek, Iraq. Four people are tortured and shot to death by Islamic militants.
March 5, 2007: Baghdad, Iraq. Over two dozen people are slaughtered by a Fedayeen suicide bomber along a city street.
March 5, 2007: Mogadishu, Somalia. Islamic militias are suspected in three separate shooting attacks that leave seven people dead, including business leaders.
March 5, 2007: Yala, Thailand. Two men are gunned down by radical Muslims in a drive-by shooting.
March 5, 2007: Pattani, Thailand. Two Buddhist rice paddy workers are murdered by Muslim gunmen as they are working.
March 5, 2007: Baghdad, Iraq. Twenty-five victims of sectarian hatred are found executed.
March 5, 2007: Baghdad, Iraq. Children are among those killed when Sunnis attack Shia pilgrims in at least three separate bombing and shooting attacks.
March 5, 2007: Graida. Sudan. Two African Union peacekeepers are murdered by suspected Arab militias.March 5, 2008: Pattani, Thailand. Islamic bomber murder a 47-year-old policeman at a market.
March 5, 2008: Jijel, Algeria. Islamic fundamentalists murder three volunteer guards at a remote village.
March 5, 2008: Kirkuk, Iraq. A 74-year-old professor is gunned down in a suspected al-Qaeda attack.

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