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December 05, 2009

Education by death

Rod Liddle claims the peasants are revolting.

The revolts have differed in their temperament, tenor and choice of target. The earliest and most ferocious occurred in Holland, where the talented and popular filmmaker Theo van Gogh, a descendant of the painter, was shot dead by a Muslim nutter who then attempted to decapitate his victim and affixed a note, containing one of those vainglorious adolescent rants with which you will be familiar from pre-suicide videos, to his chest with a knife. The population, already unhappy, decided it had had quite enough and started voting for Pim Fortuyn en masse and, indeed, for the likes of Geert Wilders. It came as a surprise to commentators over here ... that Europe’s most liberal country could be the most antithetical to Islam. A fabulous misapprehension: Holland was the most antithetical to Islam because it was the most liberal. Its people looked at the corpse of van Gogh and saw what Islam could be like. ‘Education by death’ is how one liberal Dutch commentator wryly described it to me.

Note how the phrase "which you will be familiar from pre-suicide videos" no longer causes an eyelash to flutter anywhere in the Western world.

Related: "The only snakes I know of," muttered the black lotus street peddler in John Milius' "Conan," "are those of Set and his cursed towers. Their evil has spread to every city. Two or three years ago it was just another snake cult. Now ... they're everywhere."

By contrast: The Swiss ban on minarets was a vote for tolerance and inclusion, Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

What if the Swiss voters were asked in a referendum to ban the building of an equilateral cross with its arms bent at right angles as a symbol of the belief of a small minority? Or imagine a referendum on building towers topped with a hammer and sickle – another symbol dear to the hearts of a very small minority in Switzerland.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 5, 2009 08:03 AM

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