Unifying Dutch city falls to Muslim mayor
In Rotterdam, where cultural and social divides are apparent, the burden of bridging them now belongs to Morocco-born Ahmed Aboutaleb. How he fares could matter beyond his city’s borders.
Ahmed Aboutaleb is the first Muslim immigrant to lead a major Dutch city. The son of an imam, he was appointed mayor of Rotterdam late last year and in January became the official face of the Netherlands’ second-largest city.
A gushing report from the Los Angeles Times praises the fall of Rotterdam (sic) to a Moroccan Moslem, son of an imam. Read it here>>
Dhimmitude hits the fan in the UK:
Christian preacher refused entry to Britain under rules intended to fight extremism (televangelist Benny Hinn)
“Extremist” Benny Hinn
Read this one sitting down. At the heart of this decision lie two absurd assumptions: First, there is the idea that fighting terrorism — indeed, seeing that justice is served — causes terrorism, and so not fighting quite so hard will make the enemy dial it back a notch, too. The second is the notion that there are “hearts and minds” that can be won over: Release people who hate Britain and were willing to act on that hatredÂ in hope ofmaking them and their friends hate the Sceptred Isle less.
But there’s more! We know you always want more, from the Guardian of Muslims:
“When there are few security forces, this is what happens.”
Yesterday Nato officers were reassessing the security of hundreds of outposts scattered across Afghanistan.
“Everyone is aware of what happened in Nuristan, and checking their outposts are well protected and manned,” said Major Jason Henneke, executive officer of the 10th Mountain Division’s 2-87 Battalion in Wardak province. Major Henneke’s battalion lost two soldiers, with three wounded, late on Friday when an Afghan policeman opened fire on his American colleagues during a joint operation to clear the Taleban from villages around the Nerkh valley.
You don’t trust anybody, especially after an incident like this,” said Specialist Raquime Mercer, 20, whose close friend died in the attack.