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The Dutch Appeasement of Terror

By Brad Neilson

October 5, 2004

On July 1, 2004, the Dutch took over the reins of European Union Presidency and its institutions for six months. It is a time when Europe is attempting to grapple with the implications of the Madrid bombing and the threat of radical Islamic terror.

Holland is particularly sensitive to this issue. In a country of approximately 16 million people, about 1 million are Muslim immigrants or their descendants. A recent short film, screened on Dutch television, "Submission", has become the subject of national debate. While fictional, it claims to portray humiliations, which women may suffer under Islamic law.

On a European level, Holland has been criticised for its handling of extreme Islamic positions. It has been talking openly with terrorist organisations proscribed by the EU and member states. Concurrently, the comments of Dutch foreign minister, Bok, surrounding the tragedy of Breslan can only be construed as ambiguous, and that is to be charitable.

The details make disturbing reading.

Islamic Jamaya is a division of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, an organisation proscribed as terrrorist by the European Union and member states. In August, Jamaya's website, www.jamaaway.org , showed pictures of what it says was the "Dutch Ambassador to Ramallah" having a tea party with senior Islamic Jamaya and Islamic Jihad officials.

The website detailed how the Ambassador received explanations about Islamic Jamaya's activities in Gaza, and discussed the possibilities for creating an atmosphere of cooperation between "local organisations" and the international community.

One can only assume that this would involve financial support. As FPC has so frequently noted this means more public monies being transferred in a non-transparent manner to an organisation outlawed for its terrorist activities.

Dutch officials have since commented that the head of the Netherlands delegation in Ramallah did not attend the meeting personally. Apparently, it was a junior member of the diplomatic station, who was on a "fact finding mission" with these people of peace.

The revulsion of the siege at the school in Breslan, Russia, still haunts many ordinary people around the globe. Yet, in the middle of the crisis, the Dutch Foreign Minister Bernard Bot, issued a statement, revealing insensitivity and an unusual approach to the results of terror.

As EU Foreign ministers were meeting in Valkenburg, he called on Russia to provide a full account of the events that led to the carnage. The implication is that he blamed the Russian authorities for the hundreds of deaths and not the terrorists themselves.

Russian President Vladimir Putin responded in force:

"Why don't you meet Osama bin Laden, invite him to Brussels or to the White House and engage in talks, ask him what he wants and give it to him so he leaves you in peace? Why don't you do that?" he said sarcastically……. You find it possible to set some limitations in your dealings with these bastards, so why should we talk to people who are child killers?"

The Islamic Jihad, certain Chechnyan groups, Hamas and others have repeatedly shown the value they place on human life. And no privileges are set aside for women or children. It is time for the Dutch to make a concerted and meaningful stand against terror, rejecting the notion of fact finding tasks. Dutch people and Europeans deserve better, as do the victims of radical Islamic terror around the world.


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