Pim Fortuyn`s Murderer Revealed As Immigration Enthusiast

Almost a year ago, I


the left, center, and the "
right have Pim Fortuyn`s blood on their hands?

Holland`s flamboyant
gay immigration reformer had been gunned down on the
verge of what later proved  to be a

major electoral breakthrough
– just after Jean-Marie
Le Pen`s surprise second place finish in the opening
round of the French presidential election last April had
set off a continent-wide two-week campaign of virulent
hatred toward immigration reformers.

Obviously alarmed,
the European Establishment reacted defensively to
Fortuyn`s murder. As I

at the time:

"Norman Lamont, the former Tory chancellor of the

, `Britain has been fortunate to avoid the rise
of extreme Right-wing, hateful politicians like
Jean-Marie Le Pen and Pim Fortuyn, the Dutchman who was
murdered in Hilversum.`"

"Belgian Foreign
Minister Louis Michel implied that the dead man had been
just too darn democratic for a modern Euro-democracy:
`Democratic parties have to campaign in a very

cautious way,
and in a balanced and serene way to
try to orientate the debate toward democratic values.`"

"The Irish Times editorialized, `It is the very
essence of democracy to allow anti-democratic views to
be expressed.` Apparently, trying to

win an election
on an anti-immigration plank is
inherently `anti-democratic.` The Irish Times
went on: `Nevertheless the murder will serve to
highlight the rise of the far right in European politics
and may in the long run gain votes for those involved in
simplistic, racially-motivated campaigns. Today, on the
57th anniversary of the defeat of fascism, such trends
strike a sad note.`"


reports emerged
that the leftwing lawyer who had
shot Fortuyn was an

animal rights activist,
the European Establishment
breathed a sigh of relief. The gunman was just some
animal rights loony.


immigration reformers
had nothing to do with it.


Well, guess what? The
assassin, Volkert van der Graaf, finally made his
confession in court this last week. And—what do you
know! – he says he killed Fortuyn largely for
opposing Muslim immigration

The London Daily


"Facing a raucous court on the first day of his murder
trial, he said his goal was to stop Mr. Fortuyn
exploiting Muslims as `scapegoats` and targeting "the
weak parts of society to score points" to try to gain
political power. He said: `I confess to the shooting. He
was an ever growing danger who would affect many people
in society. I saw it as a danger. I hoped that I could
solve it myself.`"

The Boston Globe


"Van der Graaf said that
he had sensed an increasingly unpleasant and anti-Muslim
atmosphere in society after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks
in the United States—a time when Fortuyn`s star was
beginning its meteoric rise. Van der Graaf said Fortuyn,
54, had tried to use that atmosphere for his own
aggrandizement. `I saw him as a highly vindictive man
who used feelings in society to boost his personal
stature. The ideas he had about refugees, asylum
seekers, the

, animals. . . . He was always using or
abusing the weak side of society to get ahead.`"


"Van der Graaf claimed,
according to the Algemeen Dagblad, he was
greatly influenced by politicians who compared Fortuyn
with Austrian far-right leader Jorg Haider and Italian
dictator Benito Mussolini

Fortuyn himself had
foreseen exactly this,

the month before his murder:

"….when I am killed or wounded then you [
Prime Minister Wim Kok] are responsible because you
give me no protection and you make the atmosphere in
this country so poisonous that people want to hurt


of immigration reformers has

The answer to my
question last year:
Pim Fortuyn`s blood is indeed on the hands on the left,
the center and the “respectable” right.

No doubt our own
American immigration enthusiasts – for example at the
Wall Street Journal
– are planning in future to
restrain their

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