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January 17, 2014

Your Danish Cartoons Hangover Update

Colleen LaRose was sentenced to 10 years in prison by a federal court a week ago Monday. Although the woman called "Jihad Jane" proved to be an extremely popular and very interesting story on her own, her connection to the original Danish Cartoons incident was a bit more tenuous than is often assumed.

The cartoonist targeted by LaRose and associated was the artist and art theorist Lars Vilks, who only rarely works with cartoon imagery and to my memory has never made a comic or, really, much of anything close to it. Vilks made his drawings of Muhammed -- including those of him as a dog -- in the wake of the international whirlwind that came with the publication of newspaper cartoons in Denmark that depicted Muhammed in a variety of ways. It was in its own way a creature of original cartoons controversy just as was the reaction and this particular fixation on jihad for which Ms. LaRose was sentenced. LaRose's case was compelling for a number of reasons behind the basic attention-getter of hoping that the result of her and her associates' actions would be the death of someone who made some cartoons: she went to Europe herself at some point, the Internet was employed as the element that connected those in the US; there was what seems like overt recruiting; and there were other groups in other countries that also pursued harm where Vilks was concerned.
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