At Dhimmi Watch right now, news on the eight arrests that have been made in the van Gogh case. But this post belongs on this side of the site, because of the contents of the note the murderer left on Theo van Gogh’s body. From Expatica:
The man suspected of assassinating Theo van Gogh left a letter containing texts calling for a Holy War, or Jihad, evening newspaper NRC reported on Wednesday. The paper claimed the man was also found to be carrying a farewell letter that appears to indicate he expected to be shot dead by police after the attack on Van Gogh in eastern Amsterdam. Immediately after the killing, the suspect ran off and fired on officers chasing him. Trapped in a local park he fired on police vehicles that were blocking his escape. A motorcycle officer was hit in the chest but was saved by his body armour. The suspect was shot in the leg and arrested. The government claims the man is suspected of having links to extremist Muslims associated with international terror groups. The news of the letter, if confirmed, would appear to back claims Van Gogh was murdered because of his trenchant criticism of aspects of Islam.
Not only that: I hear from an informed source that the hit on van Gogh was actually ordered by a radical Muslim terror group. Details when possible.
Meanwhile, the Mayor of Amsterdam comes out for an increasingly embattled multiculturalism:
Mayor calls for multicultural trust
Amsterdam Mayor Job Cohen called on Wednesday for the feelings of fear and hatred among native Dutch and Moroccans following the murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh to be transformed to trust. He made his remarks during a special city council meeting on Wednesday.
Well, I certainly don’t think anyone should react out of fear or hatred. But to eschew fear and hatred doesn’t mean you simply have to trust that somehow Dutch multiculturalism will turn out all right. It is time for a searching, fearless, and non-violent consideration of the compatibility of some central tenets of Islam with Western secularism. Failing that, there will be ever more Theo van Goghs.