Sunday, December 05, 2004


That's the headline of a long piece in today's Observer in which Andrew Anthony examines the consequences for Dutch society of Theo van Gogh's murder. The portents don't look at all good:
Like all acts of terror, van Gogh's murder was meant to polarise society, and to an extent it has succeeded. For all its differences, Holland is a country that values consensus as the ultimate virtue, and the initial response was one of unity. As news of van Gogh's death spread, tens of thousands of protesters, including a great many Muslims, poured into Dam Square to voice their support for free speech. But soon afterwards, other more disturbing and divisive reactions were reported. Several mosques and Islamic schools were damaged by firebombs, and in turn there were a number of reprisals against churches.
Read the rest.


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