Read it all. The last paragraph hits it out of the park like Josh Gibson.
Mohamed Rasoel had warned in his book that the Dutch were mistaken to tolerate the mushrooming growth of their Muslim population. He predicted that this would lead to a civil war and, at best, the country’s partition. This was during the heat of the Rushdie controversy. The book was taken from the shelves in most bookstores throughout the Netherlands, and quickly forgotten about. Mohamed Rasoel himself stated that: “It proves that the general thrust of my book is correct, that Dutch society is changing and becoming less tolerant. Freedom of opinion is already being sacrificed. I don’t blame this state attorney, he is a nice man but rather dumb and naïve like most Dutchmen. […] Muslims are allowed to shout: kill Rushdie. […] When Muslims say on TV that all Dutch women are whores, it is allowed. […] It is ridiculous and scandalous that I have to justify myself in court for discrimination of Muslims.
In the book, Rasoel stated that “Being offended is sometimes purely a form of aggression.” A fitting commentary to both the Rushdie situation and the cartoon Jihad nearly a generation later. “The future is already here. The Netherlands is no longer the safe nation of the past, where a girl could walk alone through the park at night.” “The Dutch, and I mean those who aren’t six feet under ground already, have all in all turned into a frightened people, afraid to make jokes about Muslims, to offend them, fool them, and criticize or correct them.” “Dutchmen have basically been driven into a corner by the Muslims.”
Remember, this was written around 1990. And Rasoel warned that it would get worse. Much worse.
27 July 2006
Of First and Second Ammendments
An excellent essay on the decay of what is culturally and societally Europe: