De Telegraaf draws a link between the murders of Pim Fortuyn and, this morning in Amsterdam, of Dutch polemicist and director, Theo van Gogh: their deaths are separated by 911 days, as were New York and Madrid. He was shot and stabbed to death by a man with double Moroccan and Dutch nationality, an associate of Samir A, who was arrested in June for planning a terrorist attack. There’s little doubt that van Gogh’s crimes were to have drawn attention to Muslim extremism in Holland and the short he recently made with Hirsi Ali, of whom more here.
Everyone seems clear that it is an attack on democracy and an attempt to cause an explosion between the Moroccan and Dutch right in the slums of places like The Hague. Worse than that, it is an attack on all men who like wearing women’s underwear on their heads: check Mr van Gogh’s site, The Healthy Smoker.
(I love the BBC front page headline:
Controversial career of Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh.
Something missing there.)
- Translation of Den Haag Connection rap calling for death of Dutch MP
Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a highly talented Somali immigrant who started as a cleaning lady and, although still only in her
- What Theo van Gogh really said
There’s a deserved attack here by Franco Alemán on a lousy article by Carmen Montón in La Vanguardia, the paper for
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… but worse than in Winston Salem (who he?), according to the new Mercer quality of life survey. Both Madrid (38=
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Translation of the farewell poem recovered from the murderer of Theo van Gogh.
- Alternative etymology of “blah”
Here’s one: blah (n.) “idle, meaningless talk,” 1918, probably echoic; the adj. meaning “bland, dull” is from 1919, perhaps infl. by