Daily Telegraph har vært i Nederland og snakket med folk etter dommen over Mohammed Bouyeri. Noen mener det er en sak som bare gjelder en person. Andre sier den har påvirket klimaet.
Khalil el-Yobari, 30, a shopkeeper, echoed the sergeant’s defence of the Netherlands as a place to build a peaceful life. But he felt there had been a big change for Muslims. «People don’t talk to us in the street any more,» he said.
His friends yearned to attack Israel or America, he said matter-of-factly, but he condemned terrorism in Europe. He combined praise for the Netherlands with nostalgia for the good life he felt ended with September 11.
«Before that attack, Amsterdam was OK,» he said. «Now it is very difficult to find a job as a Moroccan, even with school diplomas.»
He condemned Bouyeri’s crime, saying that Mr van Gogh had had every right to say what he liked without being attacked. «It’s a free country,» he said.
But he reported bitter debate among his friends about the case and gave warning that the case had added to Muslim anger about racism at home, as well as the situation in Iraq and the Middle East.
«Dutch people hate Muslims,» he said. «One survey said 56 per cent say that. We all feel we are in prison now. I have friends who tell me they want to fight.»
He rejected London-style attacks in Holland because innocent people had been killed. But, without any evident pleasure at the thought, he predicted that home-grown terrorism would hit the Netherlands.
«It is going to happen – and it will be from people like me,» he said.