From Alexis Amory in FrontPage, with thanks to EPG:
At first, it appeared that the Dutch government was going to replay its reaction to the murder two years ago of flamboyant gay millionaire Pim Fortuyn, founder of a political party based on resistance to further Muslim immigration to Holland. Back then, it had displayed all the frozen sang-froid of a rabbit caught in headlights. This time, the government at first cravenly refused to confirm that the murderer was a Muslim, despite him having been identified by dozens of witnesses as a Moroccan dressed in a djeballah, and having been shot in the legs by police and already in police custody, citing a reluctance to “jump to conclusions”.
However, as the day progressed and the Dutch began to express their fury, their government began to emerge from its catatonia. One of the country”s deputy prime ministers said: “The increase in radical Islam is worse than we thought.” Immigration minister Rita Verdonk stated: “We were naÃ¯ve to think that people would exist together.”
As a Dutch blogger said: “The people here were already awake. It was the government that was asleep and didn’t want to wake up.”
Well, now it appears that the Dutch government has had a Sleeping Beauty moment: it has been awakened by the kiss of death, and the profound and lethal stupor that had overtaken the Dutch and most other EU governments, including the British government, may now be dispersing — in Holland at least. Two more members of parliament have been given 24 hour police protection, one of them having been taken into protective custody. Hirsi Ali has been living for months surrounded by government bodyguards 24 hours a day. This is in a country where Queen Beatrix, a few short years ago, could often be seen, unaccompanied, out for a cycle ride in the streets of Amsterdam.
After 15 years of pretending there is no problem with mass immigration by a hostile, alien and primitive religion despite the obvious warning when the first fatwah was issued against a writer in the West — Salman Rushdie in 1989 — and despite a deeply cowardly subversion of the blame for the legitimate fears of indigenous Europeans onto the Europeans themselves rather than the aggression of the intruders, the Dutch government appears to have heard the alarm clock go off. Perhaps the obscenity of writers and members of the government needing police protection to guard them from murderous Islamics is drawing to a slow close.