Monday, November 08, 2004

Dutch School Explosion 2

I am shocked/horrified/amazed/impressed by this Dutch school explosion story. I believe this is a major development to a major story. History may judge the assassination of van Gogh as the most important event of last week, more important that the reelection of Bush, the death of Arafat, or the beginning of the battle of Fallujeh.

This bombing is the clash of civilizations. It will have repercussions far beyond Holland. The inevitable revenge attack by jihadists could occur in any country in Europe.

Perhaps I should be ashamed to admit this but I am have conflicted feelings about this bombing. Yes it is illegal terrorist violence. Yes it is against the norms of Western society. Still, maybe it takes something like this to get the attention of the spineless Dutch goverment. Maybe the Eurocrats need to stare into the abyss of open street fighting and rampant anti-Muslim violence before they fully grasp the importance of what is happening and the urgent need for legal, non-violent action. Maybe the jihadists and their sympathizers need to see that the Dutch, and by extention European citizens, are not the doormats that their feckless leaders portray them to be. Maybe the Guardian, the BBS, Chirac and Schoeder need to understand that the Dutch Right is a Boy Scout troop compared to the specter of Rightist forces in Britain, France and Germany. Do they really want to inspire an anti-Muslim backlash with their constant attempts to downplay the Islamist threat to European civilization?

Good morning Europe. Wake up and smell the jihad and the anti-jihad. Welcome to the 21st century.

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