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Those Intolerant Dutch

I somehow managed to remain dry-eyed while reading this story:

BRUSSELS, Belgium – A human rights watchdog groups says Islamophobia has increased dramatically in the Netherlands in the wake of terrorist attacks in Europe.
In a harshly worded report, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance says even Dutch politicians have resorted to derogatory remarks about Muslims in recent years.
It says Muslims now are the subject of stereotyping, stigmatization and frequent racist violence.
The report comes as the Netherlands is embroiled in a debate over what some Dutch politicians call an “Islamization” of the country.
The Dutch have traditionally welcomed immigrants but put little pressure on them to embrace western values.
Now, some Dutch are saying that the country’s multiculturalism and tolerance have provided a breeding ground for Islamic radicalism.

I’ll start to worry when these sorts of reports are issued by taking a couple of knives and pinning them to the chest of a nearly decapitated filmmaker who has been shot eight times.

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