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I disagree on your view on the dutch attitude

Reader comment on item: Why I Stand with Geert Wilders
in response to reader comment: not a case yet of "eff off - we're full'.

Submitted by myth (Germany), Jan 23, 2010 at 10:02

Grand Infidel, don't see it as xenophobia on the part of Dutch" my personal impression is that compared to the majority of the dutch, at least those living in the west of the country, I must say that Wilders can never be named a racist or anything like that. From the looks oriental people get in everyday life they can clearly see they are not ,or at least are no longer, welcome. As soon as the shops close the cultures are quite seperated because of that. "are already one of the most cosmopolitan countries". I would consider the dutch culture as very strong and inward. In the business world of course it all looks multicultural and cosmopolitan. On the inside it is quite the opposite. There is some sort of language isolation. The average dutchman speaks many languages and it is very hard as a foreigner to speak dutch to them for they would switch to speaking your language or english instead. Dutch is sort of reserved for the inner-circle of people who are accepted into dutch culture.

That said there are communities of native english speakers in the big cities who have not been learning dutch in ten years and have no problem with it. As for "space and time" my impression is that the dutchman on the street agrees with Wilders' enough-is-enough as of today. Along with what you say "a right to decide who they want in their country". My impression of the dutch mentalitiy is that they are extremely open and outspoken but on the other hand shy of real conflicts. It appears that the biggest sign of rejection is that th


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