'Theo van Gogh lay on his back, his hands stretched above his head, two knives sticking out from his chest, slaughtered like a sacrificial animal. Bouyeri gave the corpse a few hard kicks... A woman who happened by screamed: "You can't do that!" "Yes I can," Bouyeri replied, before strolling into a nearby park with several patrol cars rushing to the scene, "and now you people know what you can expect in the future."' •
Published in 2006, two years after a Moroccan immigrant calmly murdered the Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh on the streets of Amsterdam, this book has never been more important. Buruma examines both religious and nationalist extremism in the Netherlands and argues that all moderates on the left and right must stand together instead of becoming apologists for either side. Highly recommended.
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