Backlash: Dutch parliament sides with Hirsi Ali

posted at 9:41 am on May 17, 2006 by Allahpundit

Wonderful news:

Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk was compelled in the early hours of Wednesday morning to reconsider whether Islam critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a Dutch citizen.

A majority of the political parties in parliament backed two motions on the issue. One calls on Verdonk to reconsider within six weeks whether Hirsi Ali is a Dutch citizen. The second instructs the Minister to grant Hirsi Ali accelerated naturalisation if she finds she is not a citizen of the Netherlands.

Verdonk, who was being groomed for a leadership role in the VVD, is now being un-groomed, say MPs. Spiegel has more about how extraordinarily fast and arbitrary her decision to denaturalize Hirsi Ali was. But the must-read of the day comes from the Wall Street Journal, which profiles AHA, her eviction from her apartment building, and the repulsive willingness of some Dutchmen to blame her for “provoking” the jihadis. Blockquotes galore:

“Once this lady leaves, the problem is no longer there,” says Ger Verhagen, a retired executive who owns a place two floors above the hunted politician… [Hirsi Ali] says caustically: “My neighbors seem to confirm the critical view that very few Dutch people were brave enough” during the Nazi occupation.


On state television last week, a satirical talk-show host joked about it, asking a guest — the Dutch lawyer of an Islamist militant who killed filmmaker Theo van Gogh in 2004 — whether Ms. Hirsi Ali would be safest living in a mosque, at Guantanamo Bay or “six feet under in a garden.” The audience roared with laughter.

Hilarious! More:

Many Europeans initially rallied to President George W. Bush’s “with-us-or-against-us” approach to combating extremism after the bombings in Madrid in early 2004 and the subsequent murder in Amsterdam of Mr. van Gogh, the filmmaker… Some now see Islamist violence and the ideology that fuels it as a threat that can be tamed, or at least kept at a distance, by avoiding provocation.

Make a note of that. I’ve got the perfect follow-up post coming in a bit.

The caged virgin indeed:

Fearing for their lives after Mr. van Gogh’s murder, Ms. Hirsi Ali and Mr. Wilders, her fellow legislator, shuttled between army barracks, other state installations and the homes of friends and supporters abroad. As the threats continued, the Dutch government began scouting for private properties in which to safely house them. For Ms. Hirsi Ali, it purchased a spacious apartment for more than $1.1 million. The Dutch counterterrorism agency installed bulletproof glass, alarms and other devices.

Her “high-security residence” was supposed to be a secret.

And now the killer:

During a slow afternoon stroll outside Ms. Hirsi Ali’s building, [Dick van Tetterode] reflected on her predicament and on his own flight from the Nazis during World War II. A student at the time, he spent two years hiding on a Dutch farm. Two of the three people he credits with saving his life were killed by the Germans. Struggling to hold back tears, he says he regrets never thanking their children properly for their fathers’ bravery.

But Ms. Hirsi Ali’s case is different, he says. He admires her conviction, he says, but thinks her rage at Islam belongs in the Middle East and Africa, not the Netherlands. “This is not our fight,” he says.

The Orwellian cherry on top: which law did Hirsi Ali’s neighbors use in court to get her evicted? Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which protects “respect for private and family life” from “interference by a public authority.”

Stay tuned for that follow-up post.


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Dhimmitude strikes again. You’d think after 1300 years people would realize that paying the danegeld makes sure you will never get rid of the dane.


RobertHuntingdon on May 17, 2006 at 10:16 AM

This whole idea that they can avoid confrontation with Islamic Fascism by (essentially) ignoring it, or by giving more and more of their rights away is absurd.

I always think of Machiavelli’s “The Prince” when I hear people talk like this. His take on Nations who practice Neutrality is dead on in this regard. I’m paraphrasing here, but essentially he writes that it’s always foolish to stay neutral – because after the conflict is over BOTH sides will resent you for not helping them.

Muslims don’t give a flying rats ass if the Dutch get rid of AHA. If they keep her they’ll see the Dutch as being arrogant. If they get rid of her they’ll see the Dutch as being weak.

The Muslims want everyone on Earth either A.)Muslim, B.) A Slave, or C.) Dead

You couldn’t appease the Nazi’s 60 years ago – you can’t appease the Muslims now.

venmax on May 17, 2006 at 10:41 AM

What is happining in Europe today is A throw back to Europe of the “30s” when the leaders gave Hitler what ever he wanted. This kind of attitude only makes your enemy stronger and you weaker. Tell the Muslems to go home where they belong. You don’t like us we don’t like you. Simple math like 1+1=2.

birdman on May 17, 2006 at 11:49 AM

“This whole idea that they can avoid confrontation with Islamic Fascism by (essentially) ignoring it, or by giving more and more of their rights away is absurd.”

Not necessarily. If they are willing to give up free speech, ban any political party that is offensive to Muslims, and start introducing sharia law bit by bit, they may end up as Islamic societies without a shoot.

Between the cartoons and now AHA, it is pretty clear where Europe is heading over the next 20 years. Write them off now, because it is clear there is no spine there at all.

Clark1 on May 17, 2006 at 1:05 PM

In regard to the mouthings of Dick van Tetterode, had his philosophy prevailed during WWII, he would still be hiding in a haystack somewhere, and all three of his protectors would be long since dead.

How many Canadians, Americans and others died to free the low countries (seeming a bit lower these days…) from the Nazi occupation. Was that OUR fight? Was it the fight of Cape Bretoners who had never been off their island but who went over there to die so that the likes of Dick van Tetterode could be free to forget everything? Was it the fight of New Bruswickers? Ontarians? (and I am certain we can ask the same of Nebraskans, Mainers, and every other state in the Union).

Fortunately for him and the rest of his amnesiac countrymen freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of thought are everyone’s cause, everyone’s fight.

This shallowness of thinking is beyond sickening and is now frightening.

Blaise on May 17, 2006 at 2:13 PM

Craven cowards. I’d say they’d deserve what they get, but you know we’ll be fighting to save their indifferent asses in a few years.

Iblis on May 17, 2006 at 4:30 PM

Perhaps there really is something to those reports of marijuana being a brain draining drug! I also suspect all those Afghan poppies are being grown for the Dutch as well.
This woman needs to beat it over to the USA as fast as she can before the amnesty program falters.

gary on May 17, 2006 at 6:30 PM

“I’d say they’d deserve what they get, but you know we’ll be fighting to save their indifferent asses in a few years.”

Ain’t gonna happen. They will have their pitiful little country ‘demographed’ out from under them in the next 20 years…and the takeover will be quite legal. The argument ‘please save us 49% from the other 51% of our countrymen’ isn’t going to cut it.

We’ve had men willing to sacrifice their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor for over two centuries…and we still have them around today.

Where are theirs….? Oh, I know, getting squeezed out to the US. Quieter that way, don’cha know.

trainer on May 17, 2006 at 7:19 PM

Venmax has got it. We have 1,300 years of history to see who and what this enemy is, yet the Dhutchis ignore it. The muzzies will outnumber the native Dhutchis within 30 years and then they’ll offer them the 3 choices listed in Venmax’s post above.

Now, Mr. Venmax, are you an islamic history expert? Are you a sharia law specialist? Or are you just some dude who pays attention and does a little research now and then? If it’s the last one, as is the case with most of us here, then why can’t anyone in the entire nation of the NL figure this out as Venmax has? Can’t anybody in the Dutch govt see what’s happening right before their very eyes?

Ms. Ali, please come to America, we want you to live safe and free, not a prisoner in your own home.

God bless America!

Tony737 on May 17, 2006 at 8:24 PM

Venmax got it right: The Muslim wants all either
a)Muslim b)Slave or c)Dead.

It is also becoming apparent that the Dutch believe that appeasement is the answer (They STILL don’t GET IT!) It would appear that the Dutch in particular are not worthy allies.

These events make me wonder when, when, when the United States Executive and Legislative branchs will see Islam for what it really is and aggressively adjust our position and policy to adapt to reality.

omegaram on May 17, 2006 at 11:03 PM

” Can’t anybody in the Dutch govt see what’s happening right before their very eyes?”

Actually Tony737 there’s a very simple explanation to this question, we are after all dealing with politicians here, the left-wingers don’t see Muslims as a threat they see them as voters and by appeasing them, they think they are on the fast track to more influence and money as Muslims are increasing in numbers. These kinds of Politicians don’t care about their country; they only care about their own personal winnings.

defender on May 18, 2006 at 12:28 AM

Defender, right you are sir, and don’t forget to mention: Lefties feeeeel that muslims are an oppressed minority in the NL and must have their butts kissed by the majority. We’ll see what happens when THEY become the majority. They won’t kiss Dutch butt, they’ll KICK Dutch butt! Also I think some Dhutchis know that they’re gonna be outnumbered soon so the butt kissing is extended to their future rulers.

Don’t let this happen in America, vote for a REAL Republican, not some RINO.

Tony737 on May 18, 2006 at 6:15 AM