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Cartoonist a catalyst for ‘adaptation of Islam’

by Brad A. Greenberg

March 28, 2008 | 10:23 am

Kurt Westergaard made a life-changing decision when he penned the cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad with a bomb in his turban. He’s been living on the run, hiding from those who have swore to his death. But he doesn’t regret it.

“I would do it the same way (again) because I think that this cartoon crisis in a way is a catalyst which is intensifying the adaptation of Islam,” he told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday, speaking in English.

“Without a cartoon that provoked the Muslims, it would have been something else; a novel a play, a movie, this situation would have occurred sooner or later anyway.”

He said: “We are discussing the two cultures, the two religions as never before and that is important.”

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“I have no problems with Muslims. I made a cartoon which was aimed at the terrorists who use an interpretation of Islam as their spiritual dynamite,” he said.

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