[From the diaries by susanhu w/ minor edits. Oui lives in The Netherlands.]
Homegrown terror: We need to define the meaning of this term. The model of the Theo van Gogh killing is identical to the radical Islamist threshold of British citizens to place bombs in the London subway.
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The Hofstad group is a clear example of very young Muslims – 15 to 21 years old – that have radicalized in the last 4 years. Although this was a single murder, the reaction of the Dutch community was very ugly. Hate messages, arson of mosques and Muslim schools was a rage of hatred that made the divide in Dutch society even worse.
Mohammed Bouyeri [MB] was close to the Hofstad Group, and had prepared himself for a suicidal attack. He had written his will – last testament – stopped paying his monthly rent and utilities bills. MB was armed and expected to be killed in a police shootout, hoping to die in a glory of bullets. He possibly was unaware that the Dutch police officer is a poor markswoman and lacks training. So MB wasn’t killed after the van Gogh killing, and now faces life sentencing after a 2-day trial in the special high security court building in Amsterdam.
Other causes to radicalize are the Palestinian oppression and Israeli occupation of their homeland, the Chechen war, and the high civilian casualty count in Iraq. If you invade a sovereign nation – you own it and all the consequences. Tony Blair and George Bush are responsible for the invasion and the lack of leadership for their nations and as presumed leaders of the free western world. Internet – Satellite TV – documentaries of the casualties in the Mid-East, Iraq and Chechnya are daily available throughout the western world.
Just today another 17 year old youth was arrested for acts of radical Islam, websites of hatred and publications.
Dutch society for years have not treated its Muslim citizens as equals, relying on extra legislation of anti-discrimination which of course does not guarantee equality in job opportunity. During decades of refusing to face reality, many Dutch cabinets produced a flow of policy notes but missed reality and directness to the individual Muslim citizens. A poor or lacking Immigration policy, as a major source the racial issue worsened to a degree only hard medicine will resort some effect.
The person credited with attacking the Dutch Integration illusion was Pim Fortuyn who made a sweeping entry into Dutch politics. In March 2002 his affiliated party gained a third of the council seats in the city of Rotterdam. Just days before the national election, Pim Fortuyn was executed by an attack of a lone gunman, an animal liberation radical Van de Graaf. The party Fortuyn led gained an unprecedented number of seats in Dutch parliament 28 out of a total of 150 seats. All parties part of the reigning purple coalition lost heavily.
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