November 5, 2004
He was a filmmaker and the great grandson of the painter Vincent Van Gogh.
Theo Van Gogh was repeatedly shot and stabbed Tuesday on an Amsterdam street after he criticized the way women are treated by radical Islam.
Police have arrested a suspect and he is said to have ties to terrorist groups.
Dutch Muslim groups condemned the killing and called for reconciliation, expressing fears of possible reprisals against Muslims.
We hear this a lot.
Someone kills in the name of their God and then certain groups issue statements condemning the killing.
It is an effective strategy for keeping people off-balance and condemning anyone who wants to take on these thugs as Islamophobes.
What is needed is not statements, but action.
If people like the arrested suspect are an aberration and do not represent the goal of Islam to subdue all nations and make them into Islamic theocracies, then shouldn't they be leading the effort to root out these people?
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.