A life-long pessimist suggests that the news that the Dutch parliament complex, ‘t Binnenhof, has been “hermetically sealed” is the police’s way of saying, “Either they’ll blow you up or we’ll suffocate you.” One of the guys arrested, suspected of trying to collect guns and explosives to attack government figures and buildings, was cleared earlier this year of terror charges. When I was in The Hague I would occasionally see prime minister Wim Kok cycling away from parliament; a decent sniper could have bagged him any night in his office tower. How times etc etc
- Murder of Theo van Gogh by Muslim extremist
De Telegraaf draws a link between the murders of Pim Fortuyn and, this morning in Amsterdam, of Dutch polemicist and director,
- Shipping news
Public auctions of wrecks in Barcelona, Pontevedra and Algeciras, with thoughts on how to reduce blogging competition.
- The secret life of Judge Garzón
Some doubts re the alleged assassination attempts.
- 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
Joan Barril suggests making orthography subject to the weather as one more means of diverting attention from the fact that most