Our expatriate Dutch correspondent H. Numan sends a translation of an article from yesterday’s De Telegraaf, followed by his commentary.
“Possibly several days of disturbances after Koran movie”
Hilversum — The Ministry of the Interior is seriously considering the possibility of widespread public disturbances lasting several days as a consequence of the Koran movie produced by Geert Wilders. The ministry therefore issued a letter to the municipalities, police, fire, and health departments, pointing to the measures they may have to take.
If long-term deployment leads to capacity problems in their region, the authorities can apply for support from the army or the Marechaussee [Royal Military Constabulary].
Also, all leaves of emergency services employees and volunteers can be canceled, and it might be a consideration to temporarily halt courses, exercises and training, as well as other events.
This and more is written in a letter issued by the Country Operational Coordination Center (LOCC), which was obtained by the news program “Een Vandaag”.
Dick Schoof, Director-general for security of the Department for the Interior, pointed out that in the program “quite often these kinds of letters” are sent, amongst other examples, during the European Football championships, or when a flood is imminent. “We have to prepare for the worst. Without saying that the worst automatically will happen”, according to Mr. Schoof.
The worst possible case after showing this movie, according to Mr. Schoof, is major unrest in society, where polarization and radicalizing will lead to severe disturbances. The top civil servant stated that the government can better prepare itself in privacy, and found the leaking of this letter “annoying”.
November last year the Secretary for the Interior, Guusje ter Horst first issued a letter regarding the Koran movie. She asked all mayors to be on “extra alert” for civil unrest and disturbances rising between population groups because of the movie made by Wilders.
The PVV Leader wants to translate into visual terms his opinion that the Koran is a fascistic book that will lead to violence.
And now for H. Numan’s commentary:
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One almost cannot believe his eyes. This is sowing panic in capital letters! Not to mention the ultimate evidence the government is without any idea at all how to handle this — possible! — situation. And above all vilifying Mr. Geert Wilders in the worst possible way.
Who exactly is going to riot? Dutch pensioners? The National Windmill Society? The average citizen with a job, who, therefore, has to apply for a leave of absence? Not bloody likely. Muslims have issued notice in no uncertain words that they will create havoc if Wilders has the guts to produce this movie.
I am certain the government will not act at all “so as not to worsen the situation”. They did so repeatedly during the New Year riots, and just before that in Slotervaart. So, why the brave talk of calling in the army? Well, they are clever enough to understand that sooner or later the Dutch will fight back. Not because they want to, but because they have to. It’s one thing to see your car burned, but quite another to see hoodlums preparing to torch your house, plunder your shop or rape your kids.
That is the moment the army will respond, and not a moment before.
It’s outrageous how the government has been behaving the last couple of months. Or, more accurately: since they were elected. During the first one hundred days the government went on a fact-finding mission. De facto, there was no government! No problem at all, everything went smooth as clockwork. The problems started when the government got back from their hundred-day holiday and got to work.
They began by breaking their solemn promises to their constituents: the army will remain in Afghanistan, and the EU constitution was accepted without approval of parliament. Then they leaked information that Wilders was creating a movie, and followed by trying to get him banned from the country, without anybody uttering a word!