NYT's Copenhagen "Native Son” Rhetoric Designed To Reassure True Believers In Mass Immigration
February 16, 2015, 07:34 AM
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Apparently, the Copenhagen terrorist was named Rikard Wrightssen. Or something.

Terror Attacks by a Native Son Rock Denmark

By ANDREW HIGGINS and MELISSA EDDY, FEB. 15, 2015

COPENHAGEN — After killing a Danish film director in a Saturday afternoon attack on a Copenhagen cafe and then a Jewish night guard at a synagogue, the 22-year-old gunman responsible for Denmark’s worst burst of terrorism in decades unleashed a final fusillade outside a four-story apartment building before dawn on Sunday.

Cornered by the police in a narrow street near the railway station in Norrebro, a heavily immigrant, shabby-chic district of Denmark’s capital, the Danish-born attacker opened fire and was killed in a burst of return fire, the police said. …

Though the gunman’s name and basic biographical details were still unclear late Sunday, he appears to have shared some traits with at least two of the militants responsible for the Paris violence, notably a criminal record and an abrupt transition from street crime to Islamic militancy.

The Danish news media identified him as Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein, but the Copenhagen police did not confirm his name. They identified him only as a 22-year-old, born and raised in Denmark, whom they knew for gang-related activity and for several criminal offenses linked to weapons violations and violence. …

Awakened by a burst of gunfire shortly after 5 a.m., Mr. Krebs said, he looked out of his ground-floor bedroom to witness a shootout “like in a movie” and then crawled next door to the room of a fellow student, Casper Dam, who had been out late drinking and was asleep.

Was that detail about Mr. Dam really necessary?
But Mr. Madsen, speaking to reporters at Copenhagen’s Police Headquarters on Sunday, said it was possible that the city’s attacks had been “inspired” by the Paris bloodshed. …

Soren Esperson, deputy chairman of the Danish People’s Party, a right-wing populist party, said the attack “looks very much like a copycat action.”

He said, “It has the same targets as in Paris: a cartoonist, Jews and the police.” A loud critic of immigration, his party has surged in recent years.

Mr. Esperson derided pleas from leading mainstream politicians, including the prime minister, that Islam not be blamed for the violence. “Of course this has something to do with Islam just as the Spanish Inquisition, the Crusades and witch burning had something to do with Christianity,” he said. Christianity, he added, had “dealt with its fanatics,” and Islam “must now do the same.”

Obama-jitsu.

Anyway, the point of the “Native Son” rhetoric is to reassure true believers in mass immigration that we must speed up immigration anyway because the terrorists are already here and the only thing possible to do is to placate them.

Of course, emphasizing how these terrorists were born in their host countries just raises troubling questions about the panacea of “assimilation.”

In reality, of course, the first thing to do when you find yourself in a hole is to stop digging. But that’s apparently an overly sophisticated concept these days.