Today, Theo van Gogh, a Dutch film director was murdered, very likely by an Islamic fanatic for criticizing this religion.
My sympathies are of course with Mr. Van Gogh's relatives and friends. But this is not just about him. This is a direct attack on the core of our society: freedom.
This fascism cannot stand. And it won't.
Tonight there will be a demonstration in the center of Amsterdam. It will be my first demonstration in 13 years, but I'll go.
This blog is read by over 600 people on a daily basis, half of them in the Netherlands. I expect as many of you to be there as is reasonably possible. And for this reason, and this reason alone:
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.
Serve your country. I don't give a f**k about your ethnicity. If you were born in the same country as the guy who committed this atrocity, but live here and like this place, for all its flaws, be there as well. This is your country too.
We are all Dutch today.
Be there, tonight, at the Dam in Amsterdam, at 19.30. Some of us will meet at Magna Plaza at 19.15. If you want to join us, you can find a picture of me here. Although I probably won't be smiling.
Bring something to make a hell of a lot of noise.
Update 17.31 An excellent response from Little Green Footballs:
From John Stuart Mill's essay, On Liberty:
But the peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.
(p. 12, J.S. Mill, “On Liberty”)
Here is a free copy of his essay: