Those Danes know how to treat criminals. No hospital stay and rehabilitation before the court appearance for the bad guys over there.
AN axe-wielding Muslim fanatic who tried to butcher a Danish cartoonist in his home was carried into court on a stretcher yesterday to be charged with attempted murder.
The 28-year-old Somali, said to have links to al-Qaeda, was also accused of trying to kill a police officer who shot and wounded him outside Kurt Westergaard's home.
Westergaard, 75, has been a target of extremists since he drew a cartoon in 2005 of the Prophet Mohammed wearing a bomb-shaped turban.
The cartoon was one of a series which outraged the Islamic world.
Westergaard was at home with his five-year-old grand-daughter in the city of Aarhus late on Friday when the attacker broke in.
The house is fortified but the man smashed a window to get in. He told Westergaard in broken English that he had come to kill him.
Westergaard fled with his granddaughter to a "panic room" in the bathroom. He said the attacker yelled "Revenge!" and "Blood!" and smashed the door with the axe.
The cartoonist pressed an alarm button to alert police. Officers arrived within two minutes and confronted the axeman outside.
Now there's another interesting concept, "the panic room." Of course that could never work in America where people are into that old stand-yer-ground mentality.
What's your opinion? Would fortifying one of the rooms in the house and equipping it with means to communicate with he local police be a possible answer to protecting yourself and your family at home? Or would you prefer to be armed to the teeth?
What do you think about the blasphemy charges some in the Islamic world have raised against this cartoonist? Those Muslims are pretty severe judges and they definitely don't have a sense of humor. Is this the case that's raised questions of a United Nations prohibition against blasphemy?
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