Rethinking “Radicalization”: Dutch Researcher Discusses What Makes a Homegrown Terrorist

On Nov. 2, 2004, Dutch filmmaker and writer Theo van Gogh left his home and set off to work, riding his bicycle as he did most days through the quiet streets of Amsterdam.

Minutes later, 26-year-old Mohammed Bouyeri, a Dutch-Moroccan Muslim angered by van Gogh’s writings and films about radical Islam, fired eight shots at the filmmaker. As Van Gogh stumbled, Bouyeri shot again, then stabbed him with a butcher knife, piercing straight through his chest. Then he sliced across Theo van Gogh’s throat in a failed effort to decapitate him before stabbing him one final time. It was, as many later said, the country’s 9/11, the arrival of Islamist terrorism to the tranquil tulip fields and calm canals of the Netherlands.

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  • Alain

    I think this is an excellent of the sickness of the West due to leftism. The Left regardless of the form or label maintains that every person is naturally good, and when a person does something bad (they refuse to use the word ‘evil’), it is due to a problem in society. So discussing or trying to figure out why Muslims behave as they do through the leftist lense is a waste of time. I still remember a time when in the West the majority of people recognised the difference between good and evil and when someone committed an evil act that person was held fully responsible. In the same vain people understood that ideology could be either good, neutral or evil, but no longer is it the case.

  • Gary

    John Tory has finally given up his charade about islam=Peace because he lives in the real World now where Bollards are now place around the Square to deter muslims from murdering us with Vehicles .

    Let’s see if Wynne tries to run on the ” islamophobia ” farce this coming June of 2018 .

  • Tooth&Claw

    Why do Muslim terrorists terrorize? Three words: That’s Islam, stupid!

  • greenface

    “But it is crucial to distinguish between holding radical or extremist views and becoming involved in any capacity in terrorist violence. The vast majority of radicals never cross this threshold. ”

    Why? This is where the rot set in. Allowing these a-holes to spout off just legitimising them.

    “A key observation that we sometimes miss, is that Muslims are in fact the number one victims of groups like [ISIS] and al-Qaeda when we look at the violence in countries like Syria and Iraq.”

    Who gives a f. Now that ISIS is being beaten in Syria they’ll be the ones claiming asylum off cretins in Europe.

  • Linda1000

    Lol, that picture is very appropriate and seems to be true given his recent statements.