It makes one wonder whose side Holland
Dutch police arrested last week a controversial Amsterdam caricaturist for allegedly
publishing cartoons which discriminate against “Muslims and people with dark
“We suspect him of insulting people on the basis of their race and
belief, and possibly also of inciting hate,” said a spokeswoman for the Amsterdam public
Known by his pseudonym, Gregorius Nekschot (as in ‘neckshot’, a favorite
method of execution practised by both Hitler’s and Stalin’s secret police), the
Dutch cartoonist is an extreme provocateur. In his drawings, which are
sometimes sexually explicit, this self-described advocate of complete freedom
of speech targets ideologies like Nazism and Communism as well as Islam,
Judaism and Christianity.
As a result, this friend of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh, who was
brutally murdered on an Amsterdam street in 2004 by a Muslim fanatic, has also,
along with his publisher, received death threats from both Islamists and
anarchists (an interesting combination). With such vicious, deranged enemies
out for his blood, Nekshot has been very careful to preserve his anonymity, even
foregoing an appearance at a Dutch awards event for web cartoonists in order to
Treating the cartoonist like a dangerous criminal, ten policemen,
according to Nekshot’s publisher, turned up to arrest him. They also went to
his home and confiscated his computer and some drawings, among other items.
Nekshot was held in custody for a day and then released pending the results of
a criminal investigation.
The police action against Nekshot was based on a 2005 complaint made by
a Dutch convert to Islam, Abdul-Jabbar
van de Ven.
But van de Wen is no innocent himself when it comes to offending people.
In 2004, the native Dutchman shocked Holland when he said on a television talk
show he hoped anti-Islamist politician, Geert Wilders, a member of the Dutch
parliament, would soon die. The charming new Muslim, however, qualified his
lovely remarks by saying he hoped, though, that Wilders would die of cancer and
not be killed by a Muslim. On the same talk show, van de Wen again indicated
the love for humanity he found in his new religion when he said he felt some
happiness at Theo van Gogh’s murder.
Contrary to van de Wen’s good wishes, Wilders remained alive and
released the anti-Islamist film, ‘Fitna’, this year to great acclaim on the
part of those who recognize the West is at war with militant Islam.
But it now remains to be seen whether Nekshot winds up a slaughtered
corpse on the street like his friend, van Gogh. What Islamists and other haters
of one of the Western world’s greatest values, freedom of speech, were never
able to do, the Dutch police accomplished for them by revealing
to the public with this arrest the identity of the man who was a thorn in their
side, thus exposing him to personal danger.
The Dutch cartoonist, according to a friend, was told by police upon his
release he had now lost his anonymity (it had taken the police, according to Holland’s justice
minister, three years to discover Nekshot’s true identity). The friend termed
the police comment “a rather intimidating remark.”
It is unfortunate that Nekshot does not live in Denmark where, in contrast to Holland, police are doing everything in their
power to protect one of their caricaturists from the murderous rage of Islamic
Only last February, Danish police broke up an Islamist plot to kill Kurt
Westergaard, one of the cartoonists who ignited the caricature crisis in
September, 2005, after their drawings of Islam’s prophet Mohammad were
published in Denmark’s
largest newspaper, the Jyllands Posten. The cartoons incited
demonstrations throughout the Islamic world, in which 100 people died and
Danish embassies were attacked and Danish products boycotted.
Westergaard’s drawing of the prophet Mohammad wearing a turban shaped
like a bomb with a burning fuse is perhaps the most famous of those published.
Danish newspapers, showing they will not be intimidated, republished the
cartoons this year after the discovery of February’s murder conspiracy.
The three men involved in the assassination plot of Westergaard, two
Tunisians and a Danish citizen of Moroccan descent, were arrested. The
Tunisians were deported but the Danish citizen was released due to lack of
Westergaard said in a newspaper interview the police informed him the
plotters had scouted out his home and were going to kill him in his house. As a
result, the Danish cartoonist has had to move seven times since last November
and drives a different route to the Jyllands Posten every day where he
“If I don’t answer my cell phone right away, then everyone thinks I’m
dead,” he said.
To his credit, in the same newspaper interview Westergaard says he would
do it all over again, since his drawings “ripped apart the veil of political
correctness which ‘lay over everything in Denmark that had to do with Islam.’
” The Danish cartoonist is also very angry he is being threatened for just
having done his job, saying he is “a drawer and no criminal.
“I prefer to be furious. I want to advance against the menace,” said the
Danish senior, showing the iron in his soul. “This anger is doing me good.”
One can judge the huge and disturbing effect the anti-Islamist drawings
of Westergaard and his fellow European caricaturists are having on the common
enemy by the fact that Osama bin Laden threatened the European Union last March
with severe punishment if the Danish Mohammad cartoons were republished. Also
in the same month, Aiman al-Sawahiri, al Qaeda’s second-in-command, threatened
in a videotape to attack Western targets, giving as one of his reasons the
publication of the same caricatures.
These threats were preceded last September by a $100,000 reward a leader
of Al-Qaeda in Iraq offered
to anyone who would kill yet another European caricaturist, Lars Vilks of Sweden. Vilks
had gotten under the skin of these high-ranking Islamic terrorists by portraying
in one of his cartoons the founder of Islam as a dog.
In its typically sadistic fashion, Al Qaeda in Iraq offered an
additional $50,000 if Vilks’ death was particularly cruel, urging that the
Swede be slaughtered “like a lamb.” A $50,000 reward was also offered for the
death of the newspaper editor who published the Swede’s
In an interesting and amusing aside, after the cartoon’s publication
5,000 Swedish websites came under attack from hackers based in Turkey,
according to a German newspaper. Swedish hackers, however, according to the
same report, counterattacked and broke into emails and MSN accounts of Turkish
users, sending messages that included pornographic portrayals of the prophet
Mohammad and of Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey.
But the situation of Nekshot is no laughing matter. The Dutch cartoonist
said he now fears going to jail, probably because many inmates are Muslim.
The truth be told, Nekshot’s true crime is that he did not offend
minorities so much as go against the ruling European ideology of
multiculturalism. In the former Soviet Union,
criticism of the totalitarian state doctrine of Marxism-Leninism, even in the
form of jokes, would be punished with a jail term in the Gulag. In frightening
similar fashion, defying the tenets of multiculturalism in Western
Europe, especially by criticising Islam, even just in cartoons,
can now earn an offender the same punishment.
In the end, Nekshot’s chosen pseudonym may be an
appropriate one. If he himself is not killed or physically harmed, then one can
at least expect the politically correct Dutch authorities to try to apply the
death grip of censorship to his work. Which, all in all, would simply add up to
another small victory for those who wish to see the demise of the Western
freedoms they hate so much.