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Theo van Gogh is a Dutch columnist and movie maker, on the right of the political spectrum. He is provoking, and often offensive to many. He is highly critical of the Dutch society. Mostly, his views aren't mine by a long shot, and neither are his methods. Often, I thought he was more likely to sabotage the debate by forcing up uncontrolled emotions on both part of the debate. However, he clearly stands for something, and is willing to take the flak for it.

Theo van Gogh is dead. This morning, he got killed in Amsterdam. He was supposedly found with a letter attached to his chest with a knife. Said letter is said to contain Arabic texts.

Today, I mourn. I mourn a man who, little as a like him or agree with him, deserves some respect. I mourn a man who got killed for standing up for what he believed, no matter how wrong I may have considered his methods to be. I mourn for my country, for our apparent inability to deal with those who present unpopular opinions, and to learn from the past.

My thoughts go out to mr. van Gogh's family. May they be able to find comfort.

I wish upon the spirit of Theo van Gogh a thousand of bread, a thousand of beer, and a thousand of everything good. May he be justified. May he ascend.
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From:geerte
Date:November 2nd, 2004 02:38 am (UTC)
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I'm hoping for a HUGE national outcry. A signal needs to be sent out that this is not acceptable.

I'm really, REALLY hoping that this is not a Muslim. If it is, we've got a riot on our hands the sie of which I don't even want to imagine.
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From:geerte
Date:November 2nd, 2004 02:50 am (UTC)
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If I find there will be one, I'll be there, if at all possible.
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From:lilairen
Date:November 2nd, 2004 02:45 am (UTC)
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A thousand of bread, a thousand of beer, a thousand of every good thing. May he ascend.
From:openhands
Date:November 2nd, 2004 09:05 pm (UTC)

Hey, it's Celeste

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I'm sorry your country is dealing with this crap. I agree that even people who toss out some really controversial views don't deserve these violent things to happen, that's awful. Scary too, geez.
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From:geerte
Date:November 6th, 2004 04:08 am (UTC)

Re: Hey, it's Celeste

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It gets to be even more fun when the gov't declares that this is the start of a jihad in the Netherlands, and they'll start a war on extremism (which should probably be written with Significant Caps and tm signs and such) in response. Way to tick them off some more.

I'm starting to think I really need to build a spaceship, gather up some good people, and go colonize some other planet.
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