Stakes were raised after a reward was posted for the death of a Swedish artist and editor of a newspaper that recently printed a caricature of Islam's Prophet Mohammed depicted as a dog.So where's the so-called peaceful Muslim majority denouncing the reward? Nowhere to be seen or out protesting themselves. For those that think Islam is in for a Reformation, think again. There simply isn't any initiative among the majority to reform.
The leader of the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq, an insurgency group held responsible for several acts of violence, put a $US100,000 reward on the head of Swedish artist Lars Vilks.
"From this day on we call for spilling the blood of the cartoonist who dared to denigrate the prophet's position," said an audio statement carried by the Islamist al-Hesbah website on Saturday.
The 30-minute statement was attributed to Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic group in the Abu Ghraib area.
"We announce in Ramadan, the month of giving, a reward of $US100,000 ($A119,552) for whoever kills this criminal and infidel," said the statement, which raised the reward to $US150,000 ($A179,329) if the capturer "slaughtered him like a sheep."
Vilks seemed unruffled when contacted for comment by Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa during a brief visit to Germany.
"The price was a little low," he told DPA by telephone, adding that "one can die at any moment" and that he was getting used to the threats.
Vilks said he was in regular contact with Swedish police and informed them of his movements, before ending the call.
Al-Baghdadi also put a price on the head of Ulf Johansson, the editor-in-chief of the Swedish newspaper Nerikes Allehanda where the cartoon was published August 19.
The Islamic State of Iraq is an umbrella organisation for al-Qaeda militant groups in the war-ravaged country.
Sunday, 16 September 2007
Where's the outrage from the Muslim 'peaceful majority'
An Islamist group offers a reward for the death of an artist who depicted Mohammed as a dog. $100K to kill him. Add $50K if he's "slaughtered like a sheep" - that is, cut his head off.