Dutch Treat?

Sam Harris has just posted Ayaan Hirsi Ali: abandoned to fanatics on his website.

Hirsi Ali knows first hand the horrors perpetrated against Muslim women and has written two books about her ordeals. She escaped Somalia to the Netherlands in 1992, but relocated to the US in 2002 after Dutch Muslims made death threats. The Dutch Parliament lured Hirsi Ali back from the US to the Netherlands to run (successfully) for parliament. Having offered to pay for Hirsi Ali's protection from the violence threatened by fundamentalist (read 'psychotic') Muslims, the Dutch government reneged on its promise when Hirsi Ali returned to the US. The Dutch Parliament will be debating Hirsi Ali’s case this week. (Help Ayaan Hirsi Ali)

Historically, the Dutch have been noted for their liberal attitudes and generosity. When they make their decision, they need to bear in mind both the practice of Muslim leaders of inciting religious frenzy and the fact that giving in to bullies merely promotes an escalation of bullying.

If you give a mouse a cookie, he's going to want a glass of milk. If you extend citizenship and the protection of civil rights to people who are not sufficiently emotionally mature to honor, rather than manipulate, those principals, then you risk civil strife when the tolerance levels of honorable citizens are exceeded.


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