A VIDEO by an al-Qaeda member posted on the Internet overnight calls on Muslims to attack Denmark, Norway and France for publishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. "Muslims avenge your Prophet .... We deeply desire that the small state of Denmark, Norway and France ... are struck hard and destroyed," said Libyan Mohammed Hassan, who escaped from US custody at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan last July.
"Destroy their buildings, make their ground shake and transform them into a sea of blood," said Hassan, dressed in military fatigues and a black turban, and holding an assault rifle.
Hassan, also known as Sheikh Abu Yahia al-Libi, was one of four Arab terror suspects who broke out of the high-security detention facility at Bagram, the main US military base in Afghanistan.
It was unclear when the 35-minute video, produced by al-Sahab, a media organisation close to Al-Qaeda, was recorded.
From the New York Times, April 29:
Speaking in Rome, the official, Archbishop Angelo Amato, a close aide to Pope Benedict XVI, called [The Da Vinci Code] "full of calumnies, offenses and historical and theological errors regarding Jesus, the Gospels and the church," Reuters reported. "If such lies and errors had been directed at the Koran or the Holocaust, they would have justly provoked a world uprising," he said. "Instead, if they are directed against the church and Christians, they remain unpunished."[All emphases mine]
(Archbishop Amato is not some rogue Catholic. He is the secretary of the
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