Or, welcome to my low-maintenance heck.
The Dutch have a long history of being some of the most ruthless sailors in all of recorded naval history. Keep that history in mind as you read the following passage:
THE Dutch were debating the limits of freedom of expression last week after an artist who photographed gay men wearing masks of the prophet Muhammad was forced into hiding and her work removed from a museum exhibit.
Speaking on the telephone from an unspecified location in the Netherlands last week, the artist, an Iranian exile who goes by the pseudonym of Sooreh Hera, said she had been threatened with “execution”. She accused the director of the municipal museum in The Hague of cowardice for caving in to Muslim extremists.
Her story is a reminder of the tensions that have put the Netherlands and other European countries on the front line, sending dozens of people threatened by extremists into hiding since 2004, when a Dutch film-maker was murdered on the street and his collaborator driven into exile.
This leaves Hera, 34, in no doubt that she is in real danger. “They said to me, ‘We’re going to burn you naked or put a bullet in your mouth’,” she said, referring to menacing e-mails.
“They say, ‘Now you are locked in your home and you cannot go out any more’.”
The fact that they're thinking
about this in terms of a "debate" on "free speech," rather than the totalitarian barbarism
that this is, tells me all I need to know about how far the mighty Dutch have fallen. Folding like a cheap napkin at the slightest
provocation, rather than standing up and defending
those who are threatened. Not exactly the most manly
behaviour, is it?
Then again, I suppose that I should've seen this coming a long time ago