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June 27, 2006
Ayaan Hirsi Ali Stays Dutch

The Netherlands has reconsidered its efforts to strip Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the reformist Muslim, of her citizenship based on a technicality following her courageous efforts to push her coreligionists to demand an end to its oppressive practices of shari'a. Michael van der Galien reports from Dutch news sources:

NOS journaal reports that, during a meeting between different ministers - that lasted until well past midnight - the Dutch Cabinet decided that Ayaan Hirsi Ali is, and will remain, officially Dutch. Although Minister Verdonk did not want to decide this last night already, her fellow ministers enforced a permanent decision. Verdonk will inform Parliament about this matter later today.

According to RTL Nieuws certain political parties, especially GroenLinks, have already announced that they will be giving Verdonk an extremely hard time during the next debate in the lower chamber about this matter. I won't be suprised if Parliament will force her to resign. Lets hope so: she damaged the Dutch reputation tremendously.

Verdonk tried to push The Netherlands into appeasement of the worst Islamist impulses by humiliating Ayaan publicly by branding her an illegal immigrant and a liar. Her actions caused an international storm of criticism, and many in the US demanded that our government offer her ayslum and residency. Instead, the Dutch have done right by Ayaan, and Verdonk will experience the justice of humiliation instead.

Be sure to read all of Michael's post. He's done an excellent job keeping up with this story, and he's also a key contributor to The Moderate Voice.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at June 27, 2006 8:30 AM

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