Dutch Death

Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance
By Ian Buruma
The Penguin Press, 2006
(278 pages, $24.95, hardcover)

reviewed by Joan Frawley Desmond

Theo van Gogh was a Dutch pundit who shattered taboos for sport. A man of apparent contradictions—anti-immigrant, openly homosexual, and nationalistic—he enjoyed bashing the precepts of Holland’s regime of Tolerance. No one escaped his sting—not the bureaucratic overseers of political correctness, not the Jewish survivors of the Holocaust, and certainly not the Muslims who found his incendiary attacks inexcusable.

In November 2004, Mohammed Bouyeri, the Dutch-born son of Moroccan immigrants, shot him dead as he bicycled down an . . .

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Joan Frawley Desmond is a freelance writer who lives with her husband and three children in Chevy Chase, Maryland. She is a recent graduate of the John Paul II Institute for the Study of Marriage and the Family.

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