It shakes a village
Ian Buruma investigates Dutch society after Theo Van Gogh's murder
Murder in Amsterdam:
The Death of Theo van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance
by Ian Buruma
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Two years ago in Amsterdam, a twenty-six-year-old Dutch man named Mohammed Bouyeri shot, stabbed, and slit the throat of newspaper columnist and filmmaker Theo van Gogh. The victim, a great-grandson of Vincent van Gogh's brother, was Holland's foremost provocateur, a self-proclaimed "village idiot" who was not above calling Muslims "goat fuckers" or suggesting that Jews have "wet dreams about being fucked by Dr. Mengele"—anything, it seemed, to shake up Holland's sleepy status quo. The killer was a Dutch Moroccan who'd failed to assimilate into Dutch society, turned to radical Islam, and set out to "cut off the heads of all those who insult Allah and his prophet." The murder, which took place 911 days after the assassination of Dutch politician Pym Fortuyn, was widely perceived as a local symptom of global jihad.
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