Tim Blair


New Criterion



Tuesday, November 16, 2004
The Dutch continue to move westwards across the Atlantic, propelled by the facts of their domestic Islamism if not by any new rhetoric.
At this point, the Dutch seem more inclined to move from Live and Let Live to its opposite, and are calling for laws that make the Patriot Act look like Kumbayah. ... On Friday, the Dutch parliament requested a new law that would forbid mosques to employ imams who had been educated elsewhere. One member of parliament was quoted in a wire report as saying: "It's better to have 10 possibly innocent people temporarily in jail than one with a bomb on the street."
On the rhetorical front, the old guard continues to press a human rights approach by enforcing correct talk.