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Dutch Violence against Muslims Continues

By Andrew Pollack on 11/14/2004 at 10:49 AM EST

On Volker Weber's blog in response to a topic posted just following the election I had be vehemently deriding some of the comments I'd seen by people there and in the European press about the choices we made in our elections here in the U.S.

The most controversial statements I made there, may well have been a comparison of the relatively calm and nonviolent reaction in the U.S. following the 9-11 attack with respect to our Muslim population. While there were incidents, there were relatively few and the more vocal reactions were all about not assessing blame or anger on that population. I compared this with Europe, and asked what the reaction there was likely to be and what it had been historically.

Now take a look at this article covering the escalating anti-Muslim violence following the killing of a Dutchman.

What would be the reaction of my European friends be if U.S. press used this as a reason to print big headlines about the dangers of a new European hatred?

I'm not a fan of the invasion of Iraq. I'm also not a fan of the Bush administration. All the same, its time to stop the simplistic reactionary commentary that tries to equate the U.S. policies to that of a conquering military empire. By historical comparison, U.S. policy has been downright measured.

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Not the whole storyBy G.J. Wolfswinkel on 11/15/2004 at 07:28 AM EST
The linked article on doesn't tell the whole story.

After the Van Gogh killing, there was retaliatory violence against a couple of
mosques. In an apparent response, a couple of churches were torched. In an
apparent response tot that, a couple of mosques.. you get the picture. The
violence certainly goes both ways. Wich is kind of sad, as the Dutch churches
really don't have anything to do with torching mosques, or rallying their
believers to violence of any kind.

While I don't know what will happen in the (near) future, for now the violence
seems to recede: there have been no new incidents this weekend. We may be back
on our way to normal, altough things will never be the same again. I can't
predict what will happen if another murder occurs, though..
It never is (the whole story)...By Andrew Pollack on 11/15/2004 at 07:33 AM EST
No article or even history book every tells the whole story. Anger, violence,
and hatred are much easier to start and grow than to quell.
My own thoughts on this are...By Jon Johnston on 11/29/2004 at 10:51 PM EST
Europe needs to be careful - they seem to be growing more anti-semitic and
xenophobic while conveniently blaming us for the world's problems.

They can scream all they want about our invasion of Iraq - but as Gerco says "I
can't predict what will happen...."

Maybe Arafat's death can bring a little peace to the Mid-East. Maybe it'll have
an effect on some of the world. One can only hope.
I disagreeBy Wolfgang Flamme on 12/15/2004 at 10:04 PM EST
It indeed makes much of a difference wether you find your enemy to reside
somewhere abroad or among your own people - right in your neighbourhood.

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