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I should have though of this sooner: the Google cache of that Word document is easy to find and easily fed into Google translate...

I finished just three pages out of ten, but already I don't like it. Nothing yet about integration; he is talking about ups and downs of civilisations in sweeping tones, agrees as a liberal to Delors's contention that Christianity is one of the three bases of European civilisation with a sleight of hand and a mocking of Turkey, then goes into listing the illiberal ills of the Muslim world without considering any factors other than religion, and blaming all conflicts involving Muslims (with Israel at the end of the list) on the Muslims -- essentially, the worldview behind Huntington's Clash of Civilisations. So I'm sorry but it very much seems to me that he had the idée fixe about the Muslim Problem two decades ago already.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Wed Oct 20th, 2010 at 04:02:16 PM EST
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Pages 4-7 are about integration, and make much more sense after a bad start. Bolkestein starts out treating Muslim immigrants as a block, without differentiation, in effect under collective suspicion of importing the 600 year backwardness of Muslim Civilisation. But at least the statistic he quotes (20% of Muslim girls not part of education; pre-online reference I can't check) shows a problem with a minority, and then he goes on to compare the French and Dutch philosophy: the French state hostility to communitarianism and the Dutch tradition of pillarisation that leads to the positive view of compartmentalising even education among communities. He then asks, which is the better policy, and doesn't the Dutch policy reinforce segregation of Muslim immigrants.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Wed Oct 20th, 2010 at 04:21:40 PM EST
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The piece ends with more arguments against segregated and religious schools, where he asks whether liberal or fundie Islam would be taught; and an extended argument against voluntary integration programmes (in particular when husbands could keep wives at home).

He again cites examples from 20 years ago which I can't check back on, nor can I check whether Dutch law at the time regulated religious schools in any way. At any rate, Mohammed Bouyeri, the murderer of Theo van Gogh, did not come from segregated schools, and went bonkers in religious matters at age 25 after he turned a dropout and then his mother died, according to Wikipedia.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Wed Oct 20th, 2010 at 04:49:38 PM EST
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