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Mohammed Bayeri, den 26 år gamle marokkanske nederlenderen. Bildet er tatt av nederlandsk politi samme dag som han drepte Theo van Gogh.

Mr Van Gogh was dragged from his bike, shot six times and his head was nearly sliced off by an Islamic radical, who then impaled a five-page letter attacking the enemies of Islam on the chest of his dying victim.

…..it is officially projected that the three largest Dutch cities will have 50% non-western populations (most of them Muslim) by 2020. Yet even these figures need not be alarming, if Muslim populations assimilate easily. It is here that traditional liberal attitudes are undergoing a re-think. For Mohammed B, the murderer of Theo Van Gogh, was not a marginalised or oppressed figure. He spoke excellent Dutch and was studying for a diploma. It looks increasingly apparent that — as with the 9/11 hijackers — the problem is not lack of integration or opportunity, but a vicious ideology. …

«Militant Islamism is only a tiny force in Europe», wrote the conservative Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, «yet it is dangerous, because many societies on this continent have elevated their defencelessness into a virtue.» Yet the risk is that, rather than the intolerant learning tolerance, the tolerant become intolerant too.

A civil war on terrorism

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