Saturday, February 11, 2006

Dutch Courage?

Gutless Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende has criticized Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Talk about getting your priorities wrong. (Via Dhimmi Watch)

Speaking in Berlin on Thursday, Hirsi Ali said she wished Balkenende had as much courage as Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Hirsi Ali said publishing the cartoons is a matter of freedom of expression.

Rasmussen has consistently refused to apologise to Muslims on behalf of the Danish newspaper that first printed the 12 caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed. He contends his government has no control over the free
press.

The Dutch media asked Balkenende during his weekly press conference on Friday about Hirsi Ali's comments. He was initially reluctant to talk about the issue. When pressed, he said "I wonder whether this will help the debate in the Netherlands."

The Prime Minister also said "we don't have much use" for Hirsi Ali's contribution.

3 Comments:

Blogger Pete Bogs said...

this cartoon violence has gotten out of hand... I have little hope cultures will ever mesh to the extent even to where we can simply allow our differenees to exist peacefully...

btw, if you're drinking at home, have a pint for me...

slainte!

3:17 pm  
Blogger DFH said...

btw, if you're drinking at home, have a pint for me..

Have just done so, Pete. Now it's your turn. Cheers!

4:05 pm  
Blogger Peter Risdon said...

It's such a shame you have stopped blogging.

7:35 pm  

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