Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Tom Janssen
Tom Janssen

Joep Bertrams ( "Has to/Will be removed!" )

Three cartoons on the Hirsi Ali affair, by my two favorite Dutch cartoonists. The VVD is the liberal party of which both Ayaan Hirsi Ali and minister Rita Verdonk ( who appears on the chair in Joep Bertram's cartoon and on the boat in the one by Tom Janssen ) are members. The boat is named 'straight forward' or 'fair and square', a reference to Verdonk's campaign promise to steer a straight course on immigration and other issues. Miss Hirsi Ali is surrounded by bodyguards, she has been living in safe houses and under government protection ever since ( and I think even before ) the Dutch journalist/filmmaker Theo van Gogh was murdered by a Muslim extremist. She wrote the script for Submission, a controversial 10-minute film about abuse and oppression of women in the Muslim world. Miss Hirsi Ali announced that she is working on Submission part 2, on the discrimination of homosexuals in Islam. The short movie apparently was what prompted Mohamed B. to murder Theo van Gogh. On Van Gogh's body he left a letter which, among other things, contained direct threats towards Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Zembla is the name of the t.v. program in which the lies that Ayaan Hirsi Ali told when she entered the Netherlands - lies that were known to many people, including the leadership of the VVD party, when she entered parliament - were 'exposed' again.

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