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November 14, 2004
MIM: The editor of MIM hopes to translate Theo van Gogh's last book "Allah Weet Het Beter"- "Allah Knows Best" into english to give readers can an idea of what Theo was like as a person and read his views on militant Islam, political correctness, and multiculturalism which he warned against as a prelude to the Islamisation of Holland
.At the time of his death Theo van Gogh was working on a film about the murder of Pim Fortuyn who was the first politician to be assassinated in Holland in 400 years. At the trial Fortuyn's killer said he did it "to save Muslims". The Fortuyn murder by a so called "animal rights" and "environmental activist" highlights the connection between the radical left and Militant Islam in what David Horowitz terms, in his new book an " Unholy Alliance". Horowitz's depiction of the parallels between Radical Islam and the American Left provides valuable insights into this phenomenon . http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=15316
The alignment with the left in Europe with the Islamist cause is illustrated by the murder of Pim Fortuyn .The killer was a Dutch animal rights activist and vegetarian, who calmly executed Fontuyn with 6 shots at close range. He intially claimed that he was opposed to Fortuyn's intention to revive the mink trade in Holland and then admitted in court that he did it to "protect Muslims".
This weblog will also contain links to news articles which deal with the aftermath of Theo van Gogh's death in Holland which has sparked a 'civil war' in Holland with mosques and churches being vandalised and burned on what appears to be a daily basis.
The back cover of Theo's book has an excerpt from an article which was published on his website "De Gezonde Roker" "The Healthy Smoker", and is striking in that he cynically remarked that Pim Fortuyn who warned against the Islamisation of Holland and urged stronger immigration laws, would be murdered by the intolerant 'free speach' advocates of the left .
Theo commented on the virulent hatred and hostility directed at Pim Fortuyn by those who claimed to be champions of tolerance in writing about this incident which place at a trendy cafe:
"Stan Huygens reported on the opening of the cafe De Omval, at which Michiel Romeyn, dressed as Obuma was quoted as saying:
" In the distance I saw Harry Mens and Pim Fortuyn sitting at a table. I hope that he flies business class, and crashes into the towers head on".
There were of course, howls of laughter. The crazy thing is that Fortuyn and his kind are always accused of "inciting hate" but it is the other way around. That Prince Pim has not yet been shot in the name of some politically correct municipality or one or another savior of the world can be deemed a miracle. Michiel Romejn won't have helped in this regard." http://www.theovangogh.nl/allah_weet_1.html
MIM: Theo van Gogh wrote the article quoted above on February 15th 2002 based on his observations regarding the political climate in Holland which had demonised Pim Fortuyn and labelled him a racist for his warnings on the growing Muslim threat in the Netherlands and Europe. Less then 3 months later Pim Fortuyn was murdered by a Dutch "animal rights activist' who shot him 6 times at close range and waited to make sure he was dead before fleeing.The killer later said he murdered Fortuyn to 'protect' Muslims who were being used as "scapegoats".
In a verdict which shocked Holland , Fortuyn's killer Volkert van der Graaf was sentenced to 15 years in prison with time off for that already served. His supporters were evicted from the courtroom shouting "Life ! Life!"
At the trial :
"Mr Fortuyn's brother, Marten, told the Dutch news agency ANP he was not surprised by the confession but felt irritated by Mr van der Graaf's presentation of himself as "the saviour of the nation". http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/2506253.stm
Pim Fortuyn election poster - Lijst Pim Fortuyn http://www.lijst-pimfortuyn.nl/
MIM: Pim Fortuyn was dubbed 'De Goddelijk Kale' -'The Divine Bald One'
Fortuyn killed 'to protect Muslims'
By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard and Joan Clements in Amsterdam
A Left-wing activist confessed in court yesterday to Holland's first political assassination in 400 years, claiming that he shot Pim Fortuyn to defend Dutch Muslims from persecution.
Volkert van der Graaf, 33, a vegan animal rights campaigner, said he alone was responsible for killing the maverick protest leader last May, days before a general election in which the Fortuyn List party vaulted into second place and shattered Holland's consensus.
Facing a raucous court on the first day of his murder trial, he said his goal was to stop Mr Fortuyn exploiting Muslims as "scapegoats" and targeting "the weak parts of society to score points" to try to gain political power.
He said: "I confess to the shooting. He was an ever growing danger who would affect many people in society. I saw it as a danger. I hoped that I could solve it myself."
Mr Fortuyn's relatives wore fur coats in the high-security court to show scorn for the animal rights zealot. "I want to cause him maximum pain, I will make sure he notices me," said Jolanda Fortuyn, a sister-in-law who helped edit many of Mr Fortuyn's inflammatory books and columns.
Onlookers in the gallery shouted abuse through a glass screen, with a vehemence unusual for the Dutch. "Life! Life," chanted Fortuyn supporters, some of whom were jostled from the room by bailiffs.
Van der Graaf, who avoided eye contact with the family, could be jailed for 20 years. Holland does not practice the death penalty.
He confessed to the crime last November, after months of silence, but had never explained publicly why he reacted so violently against his victim, a gay former Marxist professor who mixed Left-wing and Right-wing ideas.
The shaven-headed Fortuyn, who used to sweep across Rotterdam in a chauffeur-driven Daimler with two King Charles spaniels by his side, relished mocking all forms of political correctness, but rarely ventured into the animal rights dispute.
His chief targets were militant Islam and the persecution of gays and lesbians. He said the emergence in Rotterdam, Amsterdam and The Hague of Muslim ghettoes resisting assimilation threatened Holland's liberal society and national cohesion.
His murder stunned the nation. Thousands queued outside the Rotterdam Stadhuis to sign a condolence book.
Mr Fortuyn's party survived 100 days in office before its coalition partners called a fresh election in January. The established parties co-opted much of Mr Fortuyn's law-and-order message, reducing his party to eight MPs.
The trial is expected to last three days, with a verdict next month. The panel of judges must decide whether Van der Graaf is mentally fit to be held accountable for the crime.
|24 January 2003: Muslims hail Dutch defeat of Fortuyn List party|
|11 January 2003: Somali refugee follows in Fortuyn's footsteps with attack on imams|
|16 May 2002: Fortuyn party second in poll|
|11 May 2002: In death, as in life, Pim Fortuyn stirs the emotions of Holland|
|8 May 2002: Dutch assassin is militant green activist|
Fortuyn killer was protecting Dutch Muslims
Ananova, Mar. 27, 2003
MIM: Note that Vokert van de Graaf , Fortuyn's killer, told the court that "he acted on behalf of the country's Muslims" and that "prosecutors have not ruled out the possibility that he may have worked with others".
Fortuyn Killer 'acted for Muslims'
The man accused of assassinating Dutch anti-immigration politician Pim Fortuyn has told judges he acted on behalf of the country's Muslims.
Volkert Van der Graaf, 33, said during his first court appearance in Amsterdam on Thursday that Fortuyn was using "the weakest parts of society to score points" and gain political power.
Van der Graaf, who is charged with premeditated murder, pleaded guilty to illegally possessing firearms and sending Fortuyn threats before carrying out the attack, the Associated Press reports.
Although he allegedly confessed to the killing, under Dutch law prosecutors must present their case to a panel of judges. There are no jury trials in the Netherlands.
"(The idea) was never concrete until the last moment, the day before the attack," the news agency reported Van der Graaf as saying.
"I saw it as a danger, but what should you do about it?" he said. "I hoped that I could solve it myself."
Fortuyn, an academic and columnist, was running for the post of prime minister on an anti-immigration platform.
The proceedings are being held in a high-security courtroom, nicknamed "The Bunker," which is separated by a bulletproof glass barrier.
Onlookers continually interrupted the proceedings, denouncing Van der Graaf as a murderer and chanting "Life! Life!" to press for a tough sentence.
He briefly scanned the public gallery for familiar faces, avoiding eye contact with Fortuyn's two brothers, Maarten and Simon, sitting nearby.
One woman stood up to demand Van der Graaf be jailed for life, saying he "devastated the country," before being dragged out by court officials to join a handful of Fortuyn supporters outside.
Prosecutors began by showing a video animation reconstructing the pursuit of Van Der Graaf by Fortuyn's driver and several other witnesses of the murder.
The accused had been arrested minutes after the shooting in a car park outside a radio studio where the killing took place in May 2002. He had the murder weapon in his pocket and his trousers were spattered with Fortuyn's blood, AP said.
The killing of Fortuyn, days before the country was to go to the polls in a general election, sent shockwaves through the Netherlands and propelled Fortuyn's party and his anti-immigration policy into a three-party right-wing coalition government.
But the administration later collapsed amid political bickering and infighting. New elections were held in January which saw public support for his party, the Fortuyn List, collapse.
Van der Graaf, a father-of-one, allegedly confessed to the killing last November, saying he was worried Fortuyn was gaining too much power and posed a threat to "vulnerable members of society."
The agriculture university graduate has gone on hunger strike for more than two months complaining of 24-hour camera surveillance in his cell. The trial, held in a high-security courtroom, is expected to take several days.
Van der Graaf, whose lawyers represented him at several earlier hearings, remains the only suspect in the case. However, prosecutors have not ruled out that he may have worked with others.
He faces a life sentence if found guilty.
"Trial of confessed murderer of Dutch politician opens in Amsterdam"
MIM: Excerpt from AP article states that chemicals for explosives were found at the home of the killer :
"...A graduate of the country's leading agriculture university, Van der Graaf became a successful litigator against commercial animal farming. At the time of the murder, he lived with his longtime girlfriend and baby daughter.
He remains the only suspect in the case, although prosecutors never ruled out that he may have worked with others. In raids of the couple's home, police investigators recovered chemicals needed to make explosives and bullets matching those found at the crime scene."
MIM: Translation: Fortuyn proclaimed as "The Greatest Dutchman'
On Monday evening Pim Fortuyn was proclaimed "The Greatest Dutchman of All Time'. In the final which was broadcast live from on Nederland 1 ( a major TV channel), the murdered politician took the lead over 'William of Orange' the father of the Fatherland (second) and politician Willem Drees (third).
The winner was announced after being judged on points of leadership,legacy,courage,personality,and societal skills. Hundreds of thousands of Dutch participated in the contest via the internet and the telephone .
Ten people were nominated out of a list of one hundred.Next to the 10 finalists Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, Anne Frank,Michiel de Ruyter,Vincent van Gogh, Erasmus,Rembrandt van Rijn, and Johan Kruijf who was the only living person in the top ten.
In the past weeks 10 ambassadors did their best to promote the person whom they thought was most deserving of the title. One person was highlighted in each week's broadcast. People could cast their votes via the website www.degrootstenederlander for the nine men and one woman.
Pim Fortuyn was in the top then since the 23rd of October. That continued to be the case until Sunday, the final day before the vote. There were 370,000 votes at that moment. William of Orange rose to second place on Sunday,after an election special had been held about him on Saturday. As a result of this Willem Drees fell to third place. During the live broadcast on Monday night, where ambassadors and spectators debated, and those at home could vote up to six times, the list didnt change.
Fortuyn Uitgeroepen tot Grootste Nederlander'
HILVERSUM (ANP) - Pim Fortuyn is maandagavond uitgeroepen tot De Grootste Nederlander aller tijden. In de finale, die rechtstreeks werd uitgezonden op Nederland 1, liet de vermoorde politicus de Vader des Vaderlands Willem van Oranje (tweede) en politicus Willem Drees (derde) achter zich.
De winnaar werd bekend na een beoordeling op de punten leiderschap, nalatenschap, moed, genialiteit en medemenselijkheid. Honderdduizenden Nederlanders deden de afgelopen weken via internet en via de telefoon mee aan de uitverkiezing.
Tien personen waren genomineerd uit een lijst van honderd. Naast de drie finalisten waren dat Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, Anne Frank, Michiel de Ruyter, Vincent van Gogh, Erasmus, Rembrandt van Rijn en Johan Cruyff, de enige nog levende in de toptien.
In de afgelopen weken deden tien ambassadeurs hun best degene die naar hun idee de titel verdiende, te promoten. In een wekelijkse uitzending werd telkens een persoon eruit gelicht. Via de website www.degrootstenederlander.nl kon worden gestemd op de negen mannen en een vrouw.
Pim Fortuyn stond sinds 23 oktober aan kop in de toptien. Dat was nog steeds het geval op zondag, de dag voor de finale-uitzending. Op dat moment waren er 370.000 stemmen uitgebracht. Willem van Oranje steeg zondag naar de tweede plaats, nadat zaterdag een verkiezingsspecial over hem was uitgezonden. Willem Drees zakte hierdoor naar de derde plaats. Tijdens de rechtsreekse uitzending maandagavond, waarin de ambassadeurs debatteerden en kijkers tot zes keer toe een stem konden uitbrengen, veranderde de ranglijst niet meer.
Geactualiseerd om 23.38 uur
Zie ook: www.degrootstenederlander.nl
Assassination Silences a Powerful Voice
Restrictionist politician Pim Fortuyn http://www.limitstogrowth.org/WEB-text/pim.html
This item is available on the Militant Islam Monitor website, at http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/319