March 4, 2005

What's a Dutchman?

A friend sends this NYT article, about the Dutch legislators being stashed in prisons to protect them from death threats.

He asks: I haven't seen this mentioned anywhere. I'm probably the only righty on the east coast who still reads the NY Times. Occasionally it's worth it. But something is going to give in Holland. These bastards can't go around threatening to murder elected officials in Europe the name if Islam without a backlash. Can they?

Well, they are getting away with it so far. I think it's not being made much of here because, whaddya gonna say? If the Dutch won't wake up when they get wake-up calls like they have had recently, there's nothing we can do. I think it was Orrin Judd who said, after the murder of Theo van Gogh: "The easy part for the Dutch will be deciding to get tough on terrorists. The hard part will be deciding in the name of what?"

I don't think the problem is Islam. The problem is the vacuum in the hearts of much of the western world. I, or millions of other red-statish Americans, could tell the Dutch what they need to do, but they are not capable of hearing it. They no longer believe (most of them, not all) in their own culture and traditions. They have noting to say to the Islamist radical who is willing to kill or die for his beliefs. What's the typical Dutchman willing to kill for? Or die for?

I'm wondering if I should add another item to my rather long list of reasons why invading Iraq was a stroke of genius. We've started a wave of reform and democratization in the Muslim world. If successful, there will be millions of people who have risked death to find freedom. THEY will have something to say to their Muslim brethren in the slums of Europe. They will have an an alternative answer to the question of what is worth fighting for...

It's not inconceivable that a future peaceful pro-democracy revolution might happen in the Netherlands. With local Muslims being coached in freedom's power by people from Iraq. (It would have to be called "Orange Revolution II")

Posted by John Weidner at March 4, 2005 11:38 AM
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