Thursday, January 20, 2005
"If this is true, the killings in New Jersey are the American equivalent of the Theo Van Gogh murder in the Netherlands, a political killing motivated solely by the need to silence effective critics of radical Islam." (LGF, links mine). The Van Gogh murder is iconic (as in important and hopefully eduring). It was impossible to ignore, or blame away on your culture or country's defects. The horrific, blatant crime suddenly crystallized an enemy, put a chill down your spine and shamed you for not taking the threat more seriously. When the next Van Gogh moment comes to America, we will remember the NJ killings: How they did not get the steady front-page coverage they deserved. How we were in denial. How we fed the crocodile.