September 4, 2007

Denmark -- The Next Target

Police in Denmark have arrested eight suspected al-Qaeda terrorists in Copenhagen as they have apparently foiled a terrorist attack. The men, ages 18 to 29, were found in raids at eleven addresses -- and authorities found more than just the men:

Danish police have arrested eight people with alleged links to al-Qaeda on suspicion of planning a bomb attack.

The eight suspects arrested late on Monday in Copenhagen form part of a terror cell with links to a senior al-Qaeda figure, police said.

The suspects, aged between 19 and 29, were of Afghan, Pakistani, Somali and Turkish origin, police said.

Police report that the men had been under surveillance for quite some time. They had begun producing an "unstable explosive" in a densely-populated area in preparation for an attack. They had lived in immigrant neighborhoods, but six of the eight have Danish citizenship.

It's not the first time Denmark has discovered plots against their people. Last year they arrested four men on suspicion of plotting terrorist attacks; that trial starts tomorrow. The coincidence of this arrest and the trial seems a little hard to swallow. If these terrorists had already started building their bomb, the attack may have been intended to either disrupt the trial or perhaps free the defendants, although that may have been a long shot.

Why Denmark? The Danes belong to the Coalition fighting in Iraq, but that's probably a secondary issue. The Prophet cartoons -- which depicted Mohammed in a critical fashion -- were first published by Danish newspapers, and the Muslim world went nuts over the images. Hundreds of thousands protested, several people were murdered, and the radicals swore revenge. Some of them took it seriously.

Congratulations to Denmark for stopping these terrorists before they could attack. Has anyone noticed that the West's intel has improved substantially over the last few years? Perhaps would-be terrorists might want to consider why their cells keep getting exposed.


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Comments (25)

Posted by Cybrludite | September 4, 2007 7:51 AM

Perhaps would-be terrorists might want to consider why their cells keep getting exposed.

Actually, we'd rather they didn't.

Posted by TomB | September 4, 2007 8:19 AM

But at the time it looked as such a good, even noble idea: To accept all scam and fanatics of the universe, give them Citizenship and related rights and - god forbid - ask any questions. Our societies are paying price in the monetary (all this surveillance cost probably a lot), but also human lives sense for somebody's idiotic, "political correctness".
My non politically correct idea: we should deport families and friends of the bombers, as well as demolish Mosque(s) they were praying and punish corresponding Imams.

Posted by Neo | September 4, 2007 9:17 AM

How could this be ?

al Qaeda is an invention of BusHilter and the dark uberLord Cheney.

Posted by Martin Lindeskog | September 4, 2007 9:26 AM

TomB: I agree with your non P.C. idea, with one additional thing; going after the source of terrorism, i.e., the mullahs in Iran.

Here is the story in The Copenhagen Post.

I am afraid that you will see "unholy" alliances between nationalsozialists, leftists and islamists in the future. They are all believing in sacrificing the individual for a higher cause, e.g., the collective of the race, working class, or a god of some kind. This could turn out to become "freaky" terrorist attacks.

Do you think that the "Muhammed Dog" sketch could energize islamists to activate their cells in Sweden?

Best Premises,

Martin Lindeskog - American in spirit.
Gothenburg, Sweden.

Posted by Richard Aubrey | September 4, 2007 9:26 AM

It would be a good idea--and possibly true--if the buttheads were to consider the idea that fellow Muslims are dropping the dime.

Posted by Mr. Zug | September 4, 2007 9:39 AM

Stay vigilant, Denamrk. There are still more jihadists (and non-muslim fifth columnist enablers) in your midst. Far more than you can imagine.

Posted by TheHat | September 4, 2007 9:53 AM

I agree with Richard. Moderates need to eliminate the fanatics otherwise the people will destroy the Mosques and drive all Muslims out of the country. So snitching on the fanatics and letting the government sweep them up is a win-win for everyone.

Posted by subrot0 | September 4, 2007 9:55 AM

Let's hope the rest of Europe starts to pay attention to their "Muslim" problem.

Congrats to the Dane for a very successful interdiction on these wack jobs.

And Neo: Its not the dark Uberlord Cheney. Its the shadow behind the shadow and his name is Rove.

Posted by Bob Mc | September 4, 2007 10:17 AM

Here's a logic problem that's been bugging me for sometime:

In Islam, it is a sin to display the image of Mohammed in any visual form.

If this is true, how can anyone say what Big Mo looks like?

Since no one knows what he looks like, how can anyone say "this is a picture of Mohammed"?

BTW, no one can become a "citizen" of Denmark. They have several classifications of citizens. First, there are citizens (natural born, of Danish citizen parents, and automatic members of the Church of Denmark). Second, there are "naturalized" citizens. These folks are citizens, but are also legally referred to as "foreign citizens" (IIRC). Their children are also tagged with this classification, never to become a "true Dane". This is in the most liberal of all countries.

Posted by eaglewings | September 4, 2007 10:35 AM

There is nothing like a Dane, nothing you can name that is anything like a Dane. Or, the other sayings 'Give him a Danegeldt and you never get rid of the Dane.' I love the Danish.
Glad this plot was foiled and am even more glad that the WoT is just a bumper sticker slogan. But horrors, the Danes seemed to have illegally 'profiled' these peaceful law abiding citizens. What is the world coming to when law abiding citizens and others can't prepare unstable bomb materials in the privacy of their own homes in densely populated areas. Isn't that a right guaranteed by our Western Civilization?

Posted by Hope Muntz | September 4, 2007 11:09 AM

Captain, the West's intel may have improved over the past few years, but unless MI5 plan to line up the BBC news staff and execute them all, they'll lose the war for 'hearts and minds'. Here's the contemptuous BBC headline on the subject: "Denmark arrests 'bomb' suspects".

Bush House might as well be in Beirut.

Posted by filistro | September 4, 2007 11:50 AM

Yet more confirmation (as if any more were needed) that the effective way to combat terrorism is with skilled police action, not armies.

Posted by red | September 4, 2007 12:08 PM

Yet more confirmation (as if any more were needed)....

-- No, because your liberal buddies will denigrate this as a non-crime. 'It was only a chemical experiment!' 'They were only preparing some fireworks!'

The confirmation is this is the jihadi's captured in South Carolina last month. Your colleagues..appeasers, apologists and allies are in high voice.

Posted by filistro | September 4, 2007 12:25 PM


I don't particularly care what liberals say. They can say whatever they like, it will have no effect whatever on the international police work that continues to quietly and efficiently do the REAL work of interdicting and preventing terrorist attacks.

Those are the true success stories in this effort... while thousands of weary, over-burdened soldiers continue to do terrifying patrols in the deserts of Iraq.

Posted by John | September 4, 2007 12:34 PM

>>> Yet more confirmation (as if any more were needed) that the effective way to combat terrorism is with skilled police action, not armies.

Unfortunately untrue. Thousands and thousands of terrorists, terrorist wannabes and terrorist sympathizers and enablers have been killed as the result of the military actions in Afghanistand and Iraq.

Moreover, the war in Iraq was successfully completed the day Saddam Hussein went into hiding: The purpose of the war was (and is) to put the other powers in the area on notice that if they continue to turn a blind eye to the terrorists and their backers in their midst, that they, too, could be toppled as easily as was Hussein.

Some have taken the message to heart (Pakistan, Saudi Arabia), other still need more convincing (Iran). You'll notice that the former have been actively employing their police forces and domestic spying assets to achieve this end, so perhaps in that sense, you are correct.

Our military presence is, in effect, a force multiplier for us. We now have many, many other foreign police forces, militaries and spy agencies doing our work for us -- and better than we ever could, since they speak the language, know the culture and can root out the terrorist elements in their societies better than we could ever hope to.

Posted by mark | September 4, 2007 12:45 PM

They had lived in immigrant neighborhoods, but six of the eight have Danish citizenship.

Illustrating yet again that, if death does come to the West through Islam, it will be due to our asinine immigration and citizenship policies.

Posted by filistro | September 4, 2007 12:53 PM

John, the mission in Afghanistan wasn't to interdict terrorism. It was to punish and utterly destroy a regime that allowed an attack against the US to be mounted from within its boundaries.

And it was a glorious mission, too. I applauded it with all my heart. Too bad we didn't stay and finish it.

But as regards Iraq, I can quote your own words back to you with one revision:

Thousands and thousands of terrorists, terrorist wannabes and terrorist sympathizers and enablers have been CREATED as the result of the military actions in Iraq.

Posted by Conchem | September 4, 2007 12:54 PM

With respect to the ‘unstable explosive,’ I suspect that the Danish Islamists were probably attemptimg to make triacetone triperoxide, the chemical name being 3,3,6,6,9,9-hexamethyl-1,2,4,
5,7,8-hexaoxacyclononane. It is a favored explosive of Palestinian and other Islamic terrorists including both sets of London underground bombers. This solid peroxide melts at about 91 degrees Celsius and is extremely shock sensitive and explosive when it is made very pure but when impure it is considerably less shock sensitive and explosive. The ‘success’ of the first London bombers compared to the second London bombers was probably attributed to their greater expertise in making very pure triacetone triperoxide. It is made from readily available raw materials: acetone and hydrogen peroxide, both of which are liquids. This is probably the reason that the TSA restricts the amounts of liquids in airline carry-on bags to three ounces or less.


Posted by Gregory | September 4, 2007 5:13 PM

Too bad "skilled police work" is not allowed in the United States.

When I watch my 60 year old mom being wanded and frisked at the airport the last thing I give my government credit for is "skilled police work". It is either racist, or leaked by the New York Times. I can't even imagine what it would be like if we have to fight Islamists here where we put Border Patrol agents in jail for shooting drug smugglers and then allow them to sue us for it. GO ARMY!

Posted by Hektor | September 4, 2007 8:08 PM The "Muslim Problem."

Nobody will state the obvious. There's a "Muslim Problem" in Denmark (heck, all of Western Europe) due to a birth dearth, which has led to an aging population with all the usual problems that go with an aging population (i.e., overly cautious, reluctance to engage in conflicts, unwillingness to face ugly truths). In every W. European country, Muslim populations have the highest birthrate. Europeans are having lots of sex...just not making any babies. Well, industrialized societies need fresh cohorts of workers to keep the wheels turning; since the Euros didn't want to raise families, they opted to import foreigners to do their scut work. Now, they're facing the consequences: 1) Large numbers of hostile, unintegrated foreign populations that don't share their cultural values; 2) An aging population fixated on pursuing their selfish lives; and, 3) Total unconcern for what happens to their country when they "shuffle off this mortal coil..." Europeans, on the whole, don't appear to give a D**N about what comes after them...just "give me my good time now."

Unfortunately for them, unless they commit mass suicide before the Grim Reaper drags them off, they're going to need care in their old age. Obviously, it won't be provided by the children they never got around to having. Maybe the Muslim doctors, nurses, and orderlies staffing their hospitals and nursing homes (who've been treated as second-class non-citizens) will take care of them.

Posted by red | September 4, 2007 9:40 PM

Jose Padilla: New Leftist Hero On Ice

Jose Padilla
The left is in full meltdown today over Jose Padilla's conviction, pouring all their energy and passion into defending an al-Qaeda operative now convicted of planning to murder our fellow citizens with a dirty bomb. It is saddening and pathetic enough that they can only seem to get worked up about excusing al-Qaeda members rather than fighting them.

Goose Creek Boys...

Ahmed Bedier, the executive director of a civil rights organization for Muslims in Tampa, criticized the arrest as racial profiling, an accusation South Carolina police refuted.

"Definitely this is not related to terrorism," said Bedier, of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

"Had these been two good ol' boys from South Carolina driving through and speeding -- and even if they did have some fireworks -- nobody would have been arrested," Bedier said.

Of course both law enforcement and occasionally military means will be required. But prior to 2001 we had tried the law enforcement route.

For those for whom history begins in January 2001 with Bush's election there was a previous terror attack against the WTC in 1993. The perpetrators of this attack were tried and convicted... except for co-conspirators who had interesting links to Iraq

Posted by Mr.President | September 4, 2007 11:55 PM

Posted by Neo | September 4, 2007 9:17 AM
How could this be ?
al Qaeda is an invention of BusHilter and the dark uberLord Cheney.


screw you libtard! Bush is a true patriot you're just coward.

Posted by Steve-o | September 5, 2007 12:24 AM

"Posted by Mr.President | September 4, 2007 11:55 PM

Posted by Neo | September 4, 2007 9:17 AM
How could this be ?
al Qaeda is an invention of BusHilter and the dark uberLord Cheney.


screw you libtard! Bush is a true patriot you're just coward."

You must learn to recognize sarcasm, "Mr. President" unless what you wrote was sarcasm, in which case I must learn to recognize sarcasm.

Like this:

As filistro says, we must send police only, not armies after terrorists. Fighting them just makes them stronger, and creates more of them. Sending police after them scares them to death, and makes them hide, or convert to Christianity. Or, we could just surrender now, before they really get mad. Maybe they will leave us alone if we are nice to them. I mean, terrorists have children too. We know this because they blow them up all the time.

Posted by Ames Tiedeman | September 5, 2007 5:43 AM

All Muslims need to be deported from Denmark as soon as possible. My blood is Danish. My Great Grandmother on my fathers side came to Ameria at 18. Muslims are not compatible with Danish life, standards, values, or morals. There are no band aid solutions here. Deportation is the only answer. The West must declare Islam the greatest totalitarian regime since the Third Reich. We must deal with these avages and rid our lands of all of them. The first Mosque in America was built in 1917. Just think, Mark Twain did not have to deal with this filth. Islam is about as un-American as it gets. Freedom of religion is not about Islam. What do you think George Washington would think of these savage Muslims? He would ban them from the land. That is what he would do.

Posted by Ames Tiedeman | September 22, 2007 1:34 PM

The next Republican President better have some good ideas because this is what is really hppening:

In the U.S. interest rate are going lower, Gold is going higher, Oil is going higher, inflation is going higher, the dollar is going lower. What is wrong with this? Everything! At some point the FED is going to have to raise rates bigtime. We are in a very, very, precarious situation at the moment. I think Gold will tripple to over $2,000 an ounce when the market finally wakes up and sees the real inflation. Last I checked a lower dollar = higher import prices. There is no inflation deflator here. With commodities on fire you can forget about that. Bernanke should have never lowered rates last week. However, the Fed might be doing something that few have talked about. Maybe the Fed has abandoned the dollar to crush the trade deficit. Good luck, it will take 20 years to correct our 6% of GDP trade deficit and move it back to under 1% of GDP, unless you want to seriously disrupt the global economy. We are in for tough times people. Very tough! The FED will not be able to save housing with lower rates. We are in for a 10 year decline in home prices. It is called a cycle!

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