"Holland is now the crucible of Europe. Not even the most tolerant people on earth can tolerate the Islamists," writes Daniel Johnson in Opinion Telegraph [via Tim Blair] re the Dutch response to their recent obscene mugging by reality:
The assassination of Theo van Gogh, the Dutch film-maker whose funeral took place yesterday, is something new in Europe. There are, of course, antecedents. Fifteen years have passed since Ayatollah Khomeini issued his fatwa against Salman Rushdie: the first shot in the culture war between fundamentalist Islam and the West. But there is no precedent for the ritual slaughter of a prominent artist in broad daylight on the streets of Amsterdam.
Now, with the manifestation of a violent form of intolerance in their midst, the iron has entered their souls. After decades of welcoming immigration and preaching multiculturalism, they now propose to expel failed asylum-seekers and to assimilate those who settle, rather than permit de facto religious segregation. If neo-conservatives are liberals who have been mugged by reality, the Dutch are fast becoming a nation of neo-conservatives.
Van Gogh's murder has proved him right about the hardline Islamists. Their ideology is inimical to all that the Dutch hold dear.
Holland's 9/11? Our own 9/11 woke up 51% of the population. Will the majority of live-and-let-live Dutch finally get it that the Islamists don't want them to live?
Van Gogh's film, designed to draw attention to the oppression of women in Islam, is available here [via Charles Johnson]. We watched about 2/3 and had had enough, knowing this stuff deep in our gut. We don't need a film to enflame us but were taken with the slaughtered film-maker's mother's warning, similar to our own "Freedom is not free":
Remember freedom is not granted to people who are frightened.
Update: CNN International is reporting a terrorist-related raid on a house in the Hague. How do you say "Let's roll!" in Dutch?
This just in: "Well, you can't have a tolerant country if you're not willing to get tough with the intolerant," quips InstaPundit, lending us a lovely InstaLanche.
*Update II: Reader Adam answers the question in our headline: Krijg het rollen. Could anything be cooler?