Kurt gives an unusually good interview here on his concerns especially since he was attacked by a Somali with an axe not long ago.
Transcript of interview below:
Thanks again to Valdemar Blonde for the translation:
Transcripts of Danish Kurt W
When you visit Kurt Westergaard, there is only one place in the house… where P.E.T. allows you to film, and that is here in the workroom. We have asked Kurt Westergaard to look back and give status… now five years after the whole thing started, when pen met paper and he drew.. the now world famous cartoon of the ‘Prophet Mohamed’ The drawing was made to support free speech… and of course at that time… I hadn’t imagined it could become like this.
[ Today it is new years cards Westergaard is working on ] A new years card which I was late on, which I was inspired to do… after the axe man came at me. But on the wall, hangs his Mohamed cartoon… We have come to a situation where … we had what you could call ‘a culture war’ which we should have settled. And that we should obviously have won, because we represent …democracy and freedom of speech. We should not bend to their… religion, which craves to be superior over… democracy and freedom of speech. [ Narator ] after the Mohamed drawings, the embassy burnings followed… and terror plans towards the artists. The question for many at home would be, was it worth it?
That, I think it has been. For Kurt personally, the drawing had huge consequences. Recently a somali man armed with an axe broke in to his home shortly after new years. That which means most to him (Kurt) is still his principles. We have put a pass on our values, and we have allowed the strangers in… In a way, it’s a good thing we gave them what they didn’t have when they came here… They got a place to live, they got money, They have the best for their children’s well being… and they have a great chance for a future and a free education… What I am getting at, is that they undermine our democratic traditions… Our rules of fair play and our freedom of speech. [ Narator ] Westergaard feels that the Islamists and fanatics are ahead… one to nothing. “It’s a victory for them” [ N ] in the battle against free speech… There are things that happened recently which has demoralized me I’m thinking about Politiken (Danish paper) which appologized… and… there are also others… what can you say, have become very appeasing…
[ N ] The problem following the Mohamed cartoonist, is self cencorship. Self censorship is in many ways… functions unbeknownst … inside of peoples heads. There sits I think, many creative, intelectuals that have become very … discreet about their own thoughts. [ N ] but what is it they don’t dare say? They don’t dare say anything that can… in some way, be taken as a… critique, maybe more or less rude… towards Islamic relationships. And that is bothersome. [ N ] Especially Politiken’s appology… to remove the Mohamed drawing has disapointed Kurt Westergaard. [ Interviewer ] What is the problem with the appology? The problem is that we have given it. and that we have forsaken our own… democratic ideals and… freedom of speech. I think that is wrong. [ N ] Kurt means that many … reporters practice self censorship because they are afraid. I respect that people become afraid and I will always take that seriously… I would never harras anyone if they are afraid, I would say that … it does not work. It doesn’t work. The old expression from the 30s when Nazism began… That was the expression, ‘Appeasement’ That which you would try to help the situation… by not offending the others in power. [ Interviewer ] And that’s the same with Islam today? And that leads us nowhere. And that can give the… dark powers the means to take even more influence.