Norwegian imam doesn’t get apology, mutters threateningly
He doesn’t want trouble, you see. He just wants an apology.
Imam Malana-hafiz Mehboob-ur-Rehma met with the editor of Dagbladet, and was disappointed to find the newspaperman standing by his principles. In other words, no apology was forthcoming for the Norwegian daily’s printing of a Mohammed cartoon to illustrate an article.
The imam of the Islamic Cultural Centre said:
I was very glad when Dagbladet wanted to have this meeting, but am very disappointed because Dagbladet want to stand their ground.
This time we fear that there can be bigger problems than when the cartoons of Muhammed were printed in 2006. Then it was the communities and the Islamic council who demanded an apology. Now it’s not organizations, mosques and communities, but individuals and then the situation can get out of control.
But of course, he says he cannot take responsibility for what comes next.
The meeting was set up by Conservative Party politician on the Oslo council Aamir Sheikh, who had hoped both parties would “give and take” in order to “reach a compromise.” (ie, give us an apology, and we’ll take it).
The acting editor says he does not regret printing the cartoon:
I don’t regret it, they can think what they want, but I think Dagbladet should have the right to illustrate the new in it’s own way.
They are already burning Norwegian flags in Pakistan.