Tim Blair


New Criterion



Wednesday, November 03, 2004
Another step taken in the retreat of European liberties before the spread of its Islamic populations as Dutch film maker Theo van Gogh is shot dead for his doco on Islamic culture's underside.

Meanwhile the Sudanese government has broken the veil of its sponsored militias by openly attacking the Darfurian Africans in their UN-sponsored camps in Sudan. Another challenge the UN will fail to respond to.

Later: Investigative journalism at its best. James Taranto gets beneath the surface of the van Gogh killing.
"Nothing is known about the motive," says Jan Peter Balkenende, prime minister of the Netherlands, about the shooting death of Theo van Gogh, a Dutch moviemaker. But if you read the Associated Press story about the killing, you discover a few possible clues:

* Van Gogh had received "death threats over a movie he made criticizing the treatment of women under Islam."

* The suspect is "a 26-year-old man with dual Dutch-Moroccan nationality."

* "One unidentified witness who lives in the neighborhood told the Dutch national broadcaster NOS that she heard six shots and saw a man with a long beard and wearing Islamic garb concealing a gun."