Chivalry is the code that says that the stronger have an obligation to protect the weaker. This can apply to fathers protecting their families, policemen protecting citizens, soldiers protecting a nation and governments legislating for the benefit of their constituents. The Netherlands see it differently:
The National Anti-terrorism Coordinator (NCTb) has decided to withdraw personal protection from MP Rita Verdonk. She is baffled, she said on TV programme Knevel&Van de Brink.
According to Verdonk, Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin informed her by letter last Tuesday that her bodyguards would be withdrawn on 4 June. She is only still being 'escorted.' This means that instead of permanent bodyguards, she will only have a car behind her following at a distance.
Verdonk is the leader and founder of Proud of the Netherlands (TON). The party, currently running second in the polls, was set up in April. Verdonk is critical of Islam.
Now bodyguards might sound like overkill for the equivalent of a congressman in this country, but in her situation, she is a definite target:
Verdonk, when she was still Integration Minister, came to be closely guarded because there was a realistic threat of an attempt being made on her life. As MP as well, the threat remained of such a nature that bodyguards were considered necessary. But NCTb sees no need for bodyguards any more, despite the recent political murders of Islam critics Pim Fortuyn (2002) and Theo van Gogh (2004).
Verdonk said yesterday in De Telegraaf newspaper: "Muslim radicals and leftwing extremists know one thing: If I come to power, then I will tackle them." (...) "I do not feel safe." (...) "You do not have to google for long to come across very ugly things about me!"
The alignment of events--in which all paternal authority has been eliminated--begs a deeper question. Why withdraw protection so that those who abuse paternal authority have a subtle invitation to act? (I don't mean to sound cryptic--but a whole new project has begun for me. Prayers appreciated.)