Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Take Sean Penn...Please!

They ought to be counting their blessings in Holland:

AMSTERDAM — Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende has said he is disappointed in the nation's intellectuals, artists and writers, accusing them of a lack of social engagement.

Balkenende said the nation's intellectuals had failed to make their voice heard in the current debate about the problems in Dutch society.

"Where is the social engagement of intellectuals, writers and artists? Why is there an almost frightening silence?" Balkenende wrote in a letter to writer Harry Mulisch.

The Christian Democrat CDA leader said Dutch intellectuals should represent a mirror of Dutch politics.

Of course what happened to Theo Van Gogh might have something to do with it:

AMSTERDAM — Research has indicated that more than 1,400 young Muslims in Amsterdam, or 2 percent of the capital's Islamic population, are potential extremists.

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