That this is a news story at all reflects Western assumptions that simply aren't shared by someone like Mohammed Bouyeri. To a non-Muslim Westerner, Bouyeri's act was a cold-blooded, brutal murder, something far beyond all the bounds of decent and acceptable behavior, something that prison is designed to lead Bouyeri to think about and ultimately to repent of having done. But to Bouyeri himself, the murder was a noble and morally praiseworthy act of jihad, killing an Infidel who was at war with Islam, in accord with Qur'anic directives such as 47:4, 9:5, 4:89, 2:191, etc. So why should he have any regrets for that?
"Van Gogh killer has no regrets," from Dutch News, July 9 (thanks to all who sent this in):
Six years after murdering film maker Theo van Gogh, his killer Mohammed Bouyeri has no regrets about his action, the AD reports on Friday.
The paper has got hold of a letter written by Bouyeri to a Muslim group which turned up in Belgium.
In the letter Bouyeri writes that he has 'no regrets' about the choices he has made and the road he has travelled, the paper says. 'Not one second in all these years.'
Bouyeri is serving a life sentence for the killing.
The Dutch security service AIVD told the paper the letter is in line with other letters sent by him.