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Submitted by myth (Germany), Nov 16, 2015 at 10:13

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCcRiCbWjXc

Ahmed Aboutaleb, mayor of Rotterdam reacts to the Paris attacks on the Dutch evening news ( NOS journaal)

het wordt nu echt tijd om IS, de 40 50 duizend mannen ter plaatse echt helemaal wegtevagen.

Want zo lang ze daar zijn, zijn ze voor sommige lieden elders in de wereld een soort van symbool van "iets".

Nou laat dat "iets" dan maar heel snel "niets" zijn, dan zijn we daar echt van af.

En twee, ik denk dat het heel belangrijk is dat ook de moslim- en de islamitische gemeenschap wereldwijd , maar zeker in Europa, krachtig van zich doet spreken.

Want dit soort gebeurtenissen keert zich in de eerste plaats tegen de moslims in Europa, en tegen de Islam is Europa.

En volgens mij moeten alle vrede- liefende moslims in Europa hier krachtig stelling tegen nemen.

Dat is het enige wat helpt wat wij hier kunnen doen .

In English:

It is now really the time to really brush away completely IS, the 40 50 thousand men on location.

For as long as they are there, they are for some folks elsewhere in the world a sort of symbol of "something".

Well, then let simply that "something" really quickly be "nothing". Then we'll be rid of them.

And two, I thinks it is also very important that the muslim and islamic community worldwide, but certainly in Europe, let itself forcefully be heard.

Because these sort of events in the first place turn against muslims in Europe and Islam in Europe.

That is the only that helps that WE (emphasised Dutch we=wij) can do here.

Aboutaleb's two statments in combination evaluate as ambigous. He ranks muslims first in the order of victims without giving any arguments to support that claim. On the other hand he resolutely demands to kill all of IS in the Mideast. This demand he does explain.

A difference in language tone reflects the difference in content. Statement one is very emotional spoken in an enraged way, in simple way one would address ordinary people. It also very concrete with its use of numbers. The second statement is more structured and polished in terms of language. He speaks like a politician (which he is). It is also vague and abstract using the words "events, peace, community".

I conclude that the Paris attacks seriously challenged his personal integrity as expressed in diverging loyalties to the Western city of Rotterdam and to his oriental muslim faith.

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