In her Christmas speech, Queen Beatrix told people to show solidarity with others in society. She said we should try to find a good balance between ‘us’ and ‘them’. Fear and suspicion could be vanquished if people adopted a social perspective. She urged people to involve each other in solving problems and stressed that we all belong to a single society in which every individual needs to feel safe.
The danger exists that what we have in common is ignored while differences and contrasts are exaggerated. We should be ready to recognise our own prejudices and consider the consequences of our behaviour for others and for society as a whole. Her majesty said we should treat others the way we’d like them to treat us.
These high-minded thoughts were nullified immediately afterward by the news that 12 Somali suspects of plotting a terror attack had been arrested in Rotterdam and Gilze-Rijen. Apparently, they were planning to shoot down an Apache attack helicopter at Gilze-Rijen airforce base, home to 85 of such aircraft.
But there is something fishy about the group of suspects. This we learn from Somali news site Suna Times, which tells us one of the suspects is Mohamed Kahiye Garmashaqo, the father of Farhan Mohamed Kahiye, the commander of Al-Shabaab, a group of Somali jihasts, recently in the news for demanding from US president Obama ‘to embrace Islam before we come to his country’ and carry out terrorist attacks on US soil.
And the connections to Al-Shabaab don’t end there.
Two of the other 11 people being interrogated by the police were confirmed to have been members of Alshabaab who were planning the attacks in Netherlands.
The father of the Alshabaab commander runs a shop in Rotterdam along with an illegal money remittence company called Olympic Money transfer as well call shops.
Somali community in Netherlands told Sunatimes that at least Mohamed Kahiye used to send more than $200,000 in disguise family bills by the community as the money directly falling into the hands of Alshabaab in Somalia.
According to Suna Times the PC’s in Mohamed Kahiye’s phone shop contained digital copies of documents related to transfers of money to Al-Shabaab. Additionally it tells us that Mohamed Kahiye lied about his identity when applying for asylum in the Netherlands. Sources in the Dutch Somali community told the Suna Times he used the alias Mohamed Abdullahi Roble to seek asylum in the Netherlands. Given the precedent set in the case of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, undoubtedly we can expect our authorities to throw the bum out post-haste (he said with a sarcasm unbecoming of the season).
Sources close to the Royal House have stated that the Queen was quite sour (NL) about the news of the Somali plot in Holland coming out immediately after her Christmas speech. She felt her message to indigenous Dutch to show even more understanding and tolerance towards immigrants was completely wiped off the table.
Apparently Queen Beatrix was not in the loop about the arrests. Afterward she is said to have preferred the news of the arrests to be withheld until after Christmas, so as to preserve her message of blessed multi-culturalism to the Dutch. She feels somewhat humiliated and is quite miffed some lowly civil servant made her multi-cult excoriation of the Dutch null and void, by releasing the news that a number of her exotic wards were plotting harm in direct opposition to her idealistic image of immigrants to the Netherlands.
The Queen feels she has made a fool of herself. And she would be right. For years now the Dutch have given all but the shirt of their back to accommodate immigrants. And most immigrants give their best in return, it has to be said. But there is a certain group of immigrants, of a certain faith, who persist in rewarding the opportunities given them with ingratitude, contempt and outright hostility. How much tolerance and understanding do we grant those that would take that and use it to plot against the very people showing that tolerance and understanding? One would hope the Queen is not too proud to draw some wisdom from this little episode.
[UPDATE001] The last Somali suspect has been released today, pretty much as predicted. In the mean time, over on Brussels Journal, Koenraad Elst proposes an alternative reading of the Queens speech. It is worth a thought or two, but, as the cliché goes: Your mileage may vary…