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Dutch Shame By: Emerson Vermaat
FrontPageMagazine.com | Friday, May 19, 2006

Rita Verdonk, the Dutch Minister of Immigration and Integration, has decided that Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a prominent member of parliament, is not entitled to a Dutch passport since she lied when she applied for political asylum in the Netherlands some fourteen years ago. She lied about her age and her true name (Magan) and did not mention that before she came to Europe she enjoyed asylum in Kenya, considered to be a safe country. What will happen now is that her Dutch citizenship will be revoked, her naturalization will be considered invalid. Officially, she never became a Dutch citizen. You cannot be a member of parliament unless you are a Dutch citizen, so Hirsi Ali decided to leave parliament immediately.


Certainly, there is valid legal case to be made against her; but, morally, such an action is deadly wrong, especially considering the present circumstances. She has the courage that so many of my countrymen with valid Dutch passports so desperately lack; she stands against Islamism, its violent ideology and its hatred of women, and she has had the courage to criticize Dutch multiculturalism. Because of this, her enemies both in Holland and in other countries want her dead.

Radical Muslims in Holland took an oath that they would kill this former member of parliament. After the Dutch Moroccan terrorist Mohammed Bouyeri killed Theo Van Gogh on November 2, 2004, radical Muslims belonging to the notorious ‘Hofstad Group’ swore to God: "Ayaan Hirsi Ali, you’re next."

Ayaan Hirsi Ali needs and deserves a safe, secure place to live and call home. Instead, a Dutch government Minister withdrew her citizenship, and a Dutch politician named Hilbrand Nawijn has called for her to be expelled. She has even been forced to leave her apartment as some of her neighbors went to court to have her removed.

An outspoken woman of exceptional courage and intellect is being forced to leave her house and parliament, as well as the country she so happily adopted as her own. Without a valid passport, she may not be able to travel to the US where the American Enterprise Institute recently offered her a job.

While it is true that she lied about her age and name when she applied for political asylum in the Netherlands in 1992, Hirsi Ali already informed the party leadership (Liberal Party, VVD) before they took a favorable decision on her candidacy for a seat in parliament. In 2002, she openly talked about her fake asylum story in a television interview, and nobody took action then.

Now that her life is threatened by jihadists, why are politicians and journalists taking action now, at the very moment when she needs the protection of a state, a valid passport and security more than ever?



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Emerson Vermaat, a law graduate, is an investigative reporter specialized in terrorism and organized crime and author of a Dutch book on the Hofstadgroup. He is covering the Hofstad Trial in Amsterdam. His website is: emersonvermaat.com.

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