More familiar with the current situation in Europe than I and more knowledgeable of the state of the media in the Holland, Bruce Bawer observes that the Dutch gay-bashing story we reported last week “had not appeared in major newspapers in the Netherlands” Just as the attack went unnoticed in American media,
apparently it also went unnoticed in the Netherlands, except by the gay community. Did the mainstream media even hear about this? Is it their attitude that such things are only of interest or importance to gay people?
In an update to his initial post, linking a blog report on media coverage of the beating, Bruce notes the most media reports on the attack “are from marginal publications; none are from top-level national media.” Sounds like the Dutch MSM is not much different from our own.
It wasn’t just the media, Finding “no indication in the Dutch articles that there was” any resistance, Bruce observes:
that’s the scariest part of all this, the sheer passivity. It’s like when Anna Lindh was murdered in Stockholm. People just stood there, waiting for somebody else to do something. Somebody whose job it was. Hayek was right: the capacity for resistance — the capacity of even conceiving of resistance — is bred out of people in social democracies. And it’s not as if gays in Amsterdam can say they were taken by surprise. In the last decade, conditions for gay people in that city have been heading steadily south. It was just about time for something like this to happen. Amsterdam gays should have been prepared.
Sounds like they need to set up an Amsterdam chapter of Pink Pistols, but I doubt European gun laws would allow such an outfit.
Read the whole thing. Since I couldn’t find a post-specific link, you’ll have to scroll down to do so.
Related: Bruce’s essay in Pajamas: First They Came for the Gays.
UPDATE: Bruce writes this morning alerting me to an update on his blog. It turns out that the assault was covered in NRC Handelsblad, a major newspaper–although that story did not appear on the paper’s website.
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