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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.”

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.

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