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November 5, 2004

Netherlands awakening to War on Terror

...sort of. Following the murder of a filmmaker who made a movie critical of radical Islam, prominent Dutch politicians have been forced into hiding because of death threats by Muslims promising the same for them.

One of the politicians, Hyaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali woman and ex-Muslim, is one of the country's most outspoken critics of government policies that do not encourage immigrant populations -- including one million north-African Muslims -- to assimilate. Her solution to the recent actual and promised terrorism, however, does not seem to be proportional to the threat. Referring to a law that currently allows immigrants to maintain dual citizenship:
She said that the law would be changed "so that when a person is suspected of planning or involvement in extremism or serious crimes, we will take away their Dutch passport."
Yeah, that'll teach them.

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