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Old 05-06-2002, 02:04 PM   #1
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Dutch politician assasinated!

This evening a Dutch politician was shot dead while campaining (as the elections are in 9 days). I still cannot believe it has happened, that it even could happen.

The first reports are already in the parallels in Europe thread, but I don't think they belong there. Yahoo has a news story as has CNN (albeit with a bit more factual errors): http://www.cnn.com/2002/WORLD/europe...ing/index.html

This is madness!

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Even though there have been more tragic deaths in the past, I still look upon the assasination of Fortuyn with concern; sympathies for the Right-Wingers will increase in Europe, as the sympathies for the immigrants will fall.

I look upon the murder of Fortuyn as disturbing, as it has great implications for the future development of Right-wing politics. The fury is growing, and more wood is being added to the fire, the assasination of Fortuyn is one big log.

I am concerned for the future.

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A sad day for all our friends in the Netherlands.
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popsadie;

I cannot pretend to show sorrow for a man who was particularly hostile to an entire culture, calling them backward and practically blaming them for many of the country's problems. I may have strong political views, but those do not govern my reaction to this piece of news. The fact of the matter is I too am concerned, though I don't really have any reason to feel deep sadness, and I don't see why you should either (correct me if I'm wrong).

The fact remains, other people - better people who have contributed positively to humanity and have not classified a large group of the world as backward - have died before and will continue to die. I do not know if that in death he will be more dangerous than he would have been in life had he been elected; the world is in a crisis over matters such as religion, with Islam playing an integral part in all of this, and the last thing people need is to be called 'backward'.

Yes, I do keep mentioning it, but I consider it highly significant. Consider this, when Christians are called backward (amongst other things) by the Al-Qaeda forces, we know it is not only dispicable as it is horrendous of them to think it, so why on Earth wouldn't a comment reversed such as Mr. Fortuyn's be equally as offensive and abhorrent?

Maybe I am supposed to feel for him as a fellow human being, but the fact is I forget about thousands of other people who suffer everyday, I do not see why I should feel someone who had such questionable values, and values, might I add, that instigate such hatred.

I do not think he was murdered by fellow campaigners.

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Once again,
Pim Fortuyn called the Islamic culture backward for their stance on emancipation, freedom of speech/press and religion etc. I tend to agree with this although I wouldn't have voted for him.

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Old 05-06-2002, 05:41 PM   #6
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Assisinations of elected leaders..no matter their views..is a sad and concerning thing... Do any Dutch here have any more information on this man?
I couldn't do a very thorough search (as it is late already and I need some sleep), but I have found 2 articles that give somewhat of a profile. The first one is by The Economist that gives some background on his victory in the local elections 2 months ago (to the day) and on the person himself.

The second article is a profile by CNN. But please remember that his program was more than just about immigration (as many articles solely focus on this). He also had many (outspoken) plans about health cary, safety, (social) security and infrastructure.

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Once again,
Pim Fortuyn called the Islamic culture backward for their stance on emancipation, freedom of speech/press and religion etc. I tend to agree with this although I wouldn't have voted for him.

If he was ever to be a leader, I would have expected him to know the difference between Islam and Islamic interpretation. Islam is not about the emancipation of freedom of speech/press and the rights of women, though many governments and cultures have interpeted Islam as such. You can't write off a world religion as 'backward' because of someone's interpetation. His generalisation was a dangerous thing, and I believe it cost him his life.

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His generalisation was a dangerous thing, and I believe it cost him his life.
I also believe generalisation is a very dangerous thing

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If he was ever to be a leader, I would have expected him to know the difference between Islam and Islamic interpretation. Islam is not about the emancipation of freedom of speech/press and the rights of women, though many governments and cultures have interpeted Islam as such. You can't write off a world religion as 'backward' because of someone's interpetation. His generalisation was a dangerous thing, and I believe it cost him his life.

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I assume you've made a typo in your reasoning about the Islam, otherwise you've just completely undermined all of your arguments before.

Anyway, here is some explanation/background on that remark (a remark he later said was maybe a bit too harsh). From the New York Times :
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During [a recent - MJ] interview he was asked why he was so critical of Muslim immigrants. He said he found it shameful that foreign Islamic clergy here used offensive language against gays in this country, and that Muslim men tried to impose medieval rural customs in the Netherlands. "How can you respect a culture if the woman has to walk several steps behind her man, has to stay in the kitchen and keep her mouth shut," he said.
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Good arguments, Anthony. Although I donīt think there will be the big martyr effect. Haider has tried this when he officially retreated from his statal (not country, in Carinthia he is still in service) duties.

I donīt think it can get any worse than it is, and I think this death shouldnīt change that much. Except if the people from the Netherlands let themselves be misused by propaganda and a kind of "politically correct democratic humanity".

I donīt know this person well enough to judge him. But I donīt care about him that lot. At the same time, so many children are dying of Aids. I care for them.

Not for a populist who tries to make hate flourish. This may seem hard, but it doesnīt move me. I know that everyone should be equal, but this concept is anyway far from reality. I guess he was not the opinion that everyone should be treated equal. So why bother about him?



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???? ant, I know you have strong political views...but this response seemed awfully cold. The funny thing is, the far right in the Netherlands would probably seem moderate here in the US. Assisinations of elected leaders..no matter their views..is a sad and concerning thing... Do any Dutch here have any more information on this man?
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Not for a populist who tries to make hate flourish. This may seem hard, but it doesnīt move me. I know that everyone should be equal, but this concept is anyway far from reality. I guess he was not the opinion that everyone should be treated equal. So why bother about him?
Thing is, he was of the opinion that everyone should be treated equal. In his eyes, there should be no reason why one person should be treated different than any other, no matter what religion, ethnic background or sexual preference someone has.

And why bother? Well, for one thing, here is a politician killed for his opinions, not an issue that can be taken lightly. Barring WW2, this hasn't happened in the Netherlands before. So is it still possible to openly give your opinions about issues, or should you fear violence (being killed too)?
I disagreed with his program on many points, but he did serve as a great wake-up call for the ruling politicians. And I think he had all the right to say what he thought, just like anybody else has.

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Popmartijn;

I didn't make a typo. I don't see how that comment undermined my previous ones either.
And as for the comment about him seeing everyone being treated equally, I don't see how thats possible, when he didn't believe that an entire culture was on equal footing with the rest.

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I didn't make a typo. I don't see how that comment undermined my previous ones either.
This is your text from the post on 05-06-2002 02:51 PM:
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Islam is not about the emancipation of freedom of speech/press and the rights of women, though many governments and cultures have interpeted Islam as such.
So you are saying the Islam is denying (ie, my interpretation of your 'is not about') emancipation of freedom of speech/press and the rights of women? Because that is what I'm reading here.

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Well, Popmartjin, youīve got the same right to care for him as I have the right not to care about his death.
The point you are trying to make with giving him reason about this Islamic argument is, if we are as democratic as we say, we also have to accept the non - democratic other cultures. I personally think this discussion leads to nothing. You may go on forever condemnig the things happening to women in some Islamic states, but this hasnīt to do one bit with the death of a politician.
I donīt know, Popmart; like I told in the previous post: I donīt know enough about him to judge his politics. But it doesnīt seem to me he was a totally liberal, treating everyone equally, person. It doesnīt seem to me the TV or "free" hype mediaconglomerateshit compared him with Gandhi, or Lennon, or even Kennedy.
I know the Netherlands may be a little shocked, but come on! Your country, above all, has one of the most formed civil societies I have ever seen. You had the real 60īs Provo, you have liberal laws, you have so friendly, opened people.
Look, sure, I would like to be an idealist and to say: I will pray for him, like for everyone, no matter what he did in his life.
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