Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Anti-Muslim Violence in Holland

A throwaway remark of President Bush´s in his Brussels speech yesterday upset the Dutch Foreign Minister. Bush referred to unacceptable violence in Holland - referring, presumably, to the attacks on mosques and Muslim institutions in the backlash to Theo van Gogh´s murder in November 2004.

The Dutch Foreign Minister, Bot, feigning that he hadn´t completely understood Bush´s intentions, said he would have preferred it if the "mysterious little sentence" had been left out of the speech.

Meanwhile, another attack on a mosque in Holland was foiled last night. It is the 43rd such incident since van Gogh´s murder.
de Volkskrant - Moet dat nou, dat zinnetje over geweld in Nederland?

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