The characters of Ian Buruma’s Murder in Amsterdam, Liberal Europe, Islam, and the Limits of Tolerance include three distinct and well-developed protagonists; Theo Van Gogh, Mohammed Bouyeri, and Ayaan Hirsi. Theo Van Gogh is the murder victim, Mohammed Bouyeri is the murder, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali is the author of the controversial film entitled Submission, Theo Van Gogh directed the film.
Mohammed Bouyeri, the assassin, is referred to as the “radical loser”, a term coined by Hans Magnus Enzensberger. Buruma refers to the radical loser as “the lone killers who cannot bear to live with themselves any longer and want to drag the world down with them.” Bur...
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...oexisting without conflict. The number of ethnic groups and each group’s relationship to power is what truly impacts political stability.
The position of existing groups at the time of a country’s independence impact the degree of challenges cultural diversity will present to national integration. Bowen explains that countries in which one group has been exploiting all others start off with scores to settle and countries with no clearly dominant group have an initial advantage in building political consensus.
States make political process choices that either ease or exacerbate intergroup tensions. Increasing the relevance of ethnicity in politics increases the likelihood of intergroup conflict. Following Theo van Gogh’s murder, Dutch society finds itself at a critical moment in making choices that could significantly influence ethnic conflict within the country.
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