The Dutch Reporter has been keeping tabs on Islamic extremism in the Netherlands, in particular the travails of two politicians under virtual house arrest for fear of terrorist attacks against them. The Washington Post wrote a piece last month on Geert Wilders, who has taken a strong stance against extremism within Dutch borders. He is literally living in a prison:
Parliamentary representatives Geert Wilders, who receives many dead threats from Islamic immigrants is already for months housed in prison camp Zeist. A high secure prison that was also used for the Lockerbie terrorists. Wilders has to sleep in a prison cell...Representative Wilders is told, that he has to stay in jail until September before he can get other housing. Five years a go this prison was used to hold the Libyan terrorist who blew up a plane above Lockerbie. After the Lockerbie trial the prison has been used for drug traffickers from Schiphol. But at this moment it is used for illegal aliens and other criminals.
Fellow parliamentary member Hirsi Ali--who wasn't murdered by Mohammed Bouyeri because Theo Van Gogh proved an easier target--was "housed on a heavily guarded Marine complex in Amsterdam". Ironically, the imprisoned legislator just received an emancipation prize from a Dutch feminist magazine.
Samir Azzouz belongs to the same terror network as Mohammed Bouyeri. He was arrested last June after being suspected in grocery robbery. A search of his house turned up "plans, maps and other detailed information of concrete targets, including the nuclear reactor at the south-western town of Borssele, Parliament House, and the headquarters of the AIVD secret service at Leidschendam."
Samir Azzouz appears to be only a cog in the wheel of a much larger international terrorist ring, which includes the names of key figures of the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group (GICM) and its off-shoot Martyrs for Morocco, both affiliated with al-Qaeda.
In the City of Den Bosch, 80% of young Moroccan males are involved in street violence. The Dutch have started taking more concerted efforts to address the problem of violent religious extremists in the Netherlands. Last week, the immigration minister expelled three imams from the al Fourkaan mosque, a veritable terrorist hub, and they were ordered to return to their respective homelands (Bosnia, Egypt and Kenya). In this report written last year by the AIVD (the country's intelligence service), al Fourkaan mosque is one of six Islamic centers in the Netherlands which are heavily influenced and financed by the Saudis, spreading virulent strains of Salafism or Wahhabism to Holland's shores.
In the wake of the Van Gogh murder and cultural tensions, the small country is experiencing Dutch flight. From the New York Times:
Leave this stable and prosperous corner of Europe? Leave this land with its generous social benefits and ample salaries, a place of fine schools, museums, sports grounds and bicycle paths, all set in a lively democracy?
The answer, increasingly, is yes. This small nation is a magnet for immigrants, but statistics suggest there is a quickening flight of the white middle class. Dutch people pulling up roots said they felt a general pessimism about their small and crowded country and about the social tensions that had grown along with the waves of newcomers, most of them Muslims."The Dutch are living in a kind of pressure cooker atmosphere," Mr. Hiltemann said.
There is more than the concern about the rising complications of absorbing newcomers, now one-tenth of the population, many of them from largely Muslim countries. Many Dutch also seem bewildered that their country, run for decades on a cozy, political consensus, now seems so tense and prickly and bent on confrontation. Those leaving have been mostly lured by large English-speaking nations like Australia, New Zealand and Canada, where they say they hope to feel less constricted.
In interviews, emigrants rarely cited a fear of militant Islam as their main reason for packing their bags. But the killing of the filmmaker Theo van Gogh, a fierce critic of fundamentalist Muslims, seems to have been a catalyst.
The Sunday Times has a lengthy expose on the current conflicted and clashing status of Dutch culture. All this has been exacerbated by a case of Dutch Helm Disease, which is defined as the slow, inadequate and ineffective responses by the Dutch leadership to the radical Islam that has grown right under their noses. Next door in Germany, there are similar problems.
Minutes later, a volley of pistol shots rang out but no one came to help Mrs Sürücü, 23, who was of Turkish origin. A bus driver discovered her body, with multiple wounds to the head and chest, about 40 minutes later and called the police.
Last week, Mrs Sürücü's three brothers, aged 18 to 25, who were arrested six days after the attack, were formally charged with the murder. They have pleaded not guilty and were remanded in custody.
Police are investigating whether Mrs Sürücü was the victim of a so-called "honour killing" after she made the decision to leave the cousin with whom she had been forced into an arranged marriage eight years earlier.
Almost as bad as the murder itself have been the responses by Muslims in local community.
Asked by teachers what they thought of the murder, several 13-year-old pupils are said to have implied that they thought Mrs Sürücü had "earned" her death. "Well, she lived like a German, didn't she?" remarked one.
Savor that last sentence: "Well, she lived like a German, didn't she?" As if that is reason enough for murder. Spoken from the mouth of a 13-year old. Say no more, she lived like a German, so her life is forfeit. Four other women were victims of honor killings in recent months.