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Thursday, November 11, 2004
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I found a comprehensive overview of Dutch politic reactions here: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/N/NETHERLANDS_TERROR_DEBATE?SITE=DCTMS&SECTION=HOME
let me provide a synopsis as well:
Remkes (VVD?) : confirms that Dutch intelligence watches roughly 150 radical islamics but says he is lacking the resources to constantly track all their moves 24/7 - Judging from your blog's postings, I guess he is the main target of public scrutiny at the moment
van Aartsen (VVD Leader) : urges shutting down these mosques where radical imams are preaching and operating. Interesting his reasoning (which I tend to agree) "Not all Muslims are terrorists but a large number of terrorists in the world feel attached to an idendity as Muslim - they want to destroy us" - didn't MP Hirsi Ali say something siimilar in the NYT / IHT ??
Geert Wilders : called upon government to put these 150 suspects on it's watchlist into jail... Now I read that this MP is a populist trying to emulate Pim Fortuyn's story/position. Can anyone tell me about his position with regard to secularism ? I never read much about this aspect of him.
Donner (Justice) announced new steps to infiltrate terror cells. BUT - weren't the islamists already one notch ahead by placing a mole (a Moroccan translator) into rank & file of your intelligence agency ?
any insight appreciated. I'm an ardent watcher of political contests (mostly US but not confined to that..) around the world. While I am aware of the positioning of the major players in the Netherlands I'm still lacking some understanding of the more nuanced issues and subtleties..
all the best
MAXX (ip:126.96.36.199) 11 November 2004 - 0:29 uur
Phew, addressing all those questions would require several pages :-) Remkes is fighting for his political life, see the main page. Maxime Verhagen is a very clever politician, I'm just not sure he's always to be taken at face value (I am being cryptical here for a purpose). Wilders broke with the Liberal Party (VVD), same party Van Aartsen still belongs to, because he wanted the Liberal Party to become more right-wing. I'm not sure how serious I should take him. He's been in politics for a long time, unlike Pim Fortuyn (who was, by the way, a very smart guy); on the other hand, Wilders has become extremely populist as of late, up to the point of looking very opportunistic. Fortuyn was no stranger to populism either, but he stuck to a lot of ideas he had had for many years already, rather than inventing them on the fly.
I'll leave it at that. I think you will be able to improve your understanding of the Dutch political situation from reading this blog regularly, as well as the sources I am referring to, and the international media. I'd rather have you draw your own conclusions as opposed to me telling you what to think.
Arjan (ip:188.8.131.52) 11 November 2004 - 0:40 uur