After the assassination of Pim Fortuyn and Van Gogh, the most outspoken advocates for a tollerant, open society, one that fundementalist Islam cannot exist in, have to live like prisoners. Even though you may not be Dutch, these Dutch politicians are fighting for the West, all of us. Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Geert Wilders are just the first.
Holland was once known for its freedom, not its fanatics. It was seen as a kindly oasis in an unkind world, famous as a fair, broadminded country, a tolerant land where anyone could speak his mind without fear of retribution or the midnight knock on the door. Not now. Not after the assassination in 2002 of Pim Fortuyn, an outspoken opponent of Holland's ruling multicultural orthodoxy. ... Wilders, a fortysomething MP from the southeast of the country, well, he had been housed in a location that could only have been picked by someone with no sense of irony or, perhaps, with too much. He's been living in a prison: to be precise, the jail within a jail where the Lockerbie bombers once awaited their trial. Those who threaten him remain outside, free to do their worst. ... Somalian-born Hirsi Ali ... (has) been camped out in a naval base.