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Going Dutch


Jonah, re your reader rethinking his stereotypes about Dutch video producers, filmmakers from the Netherlands may be a statistically insignificant demographic but they have good reason to be alert to types like Mr. Abdulmutallab.

The last time a Dutch filmmaker encountered a jihadist face to face he said “Can’t we talk?” and was rewarded with eight bullets, near decapitation, and a crowing note from his murderer skewered by knife through his chest. By contrast, Mijnheer Schuringa jumped on the guy, got him in a choke hold, and dragged him away. That makes more sense — even if it is, under Secretary Napolitano’s new rules, now illegal. Perhaps she can have him prosecuted. After all, by her perverse standards, that would truly demonstrate the system “worked.”