Dutch film maker Theo Van Gogh, was an outspoken, politically brash and abrasive film maker. He frequently excercised his right to free speech. He angered a lot of people with his words. He had praise for the U.S. He also had the courage to identify the real enemy in this world.
Here was his reward:
Van Gogh was shot and stabbed to death as he cycled in broad daylight through an Amsterdam street. Two knives were left in his body, one pinning a note to his chest, said by Dutch media to contain lines from the Koran.
Now we have Harold Pinter, an outspoken, politically brash and abrasive playwright and poet. He frequently excercises his right to free speech. He angered a lot of people with his words. He had defacto praise for Mideast status quo. He also had the cowardice to bash the only country willing to take the lead on doing something about it.
Fawning praise from European liberals and a Nobel Peace Prize. There will be much angry mail and writing, but he will not die in the hands of an angry religious jihadist. They will leave him alone; not for his act of free speech, but his act of cheap speech.
Now the killer of Dutch film maker Theo Van Gogh, Mohammed Bouyeri,wants to blame world leaders for his crime. I guess he's taking his cue right from the Harold Pinter Nobel Prize winning political playbook.
I wonder who really has courage here? Rest in peace, Theo. Thanks for your charitable donation of human blood, to keep Mr. Pinter's speech free, along with all those US servicemen and allies.