Review of Martin Bosma’s new book: ‘Minderheid in eigen land’
Martin Bosma’s new book released today, Minderheid in eigen land, is quite a maneuver. Based on the plight of the Afrikaners (or Boers), in South Africa, the Dutch Freedom Party representative in the Lower House foresees the same fate awaiting the native Dutch population.
‘Liberals like to leave the aftermath of their idealism in their wake’
In his view, the future looks bleak. Under pressure from mass immigration and demographic developments, an Islamic majority will be created in the Netherlands, writes Bosma. Undoubtedly, this will make life miserable for the Economically Successful Minority – the non-Islamic indigenous population.
Deprivation of civil rights
Violence, confiscation of assets, racism, and deprivation of civil rights: that is what happened to the Boers, that is what is happening to other successful minorities elsewhere in the world and the same fate will befall the ‘European population of the Netherlands’.
The recent heated debates about Black Piet and the celebration of Christmas and Easter, wreaths commemorating 4th Mayat football matches,the aggressive reactions to any criticism of Islam, the resurgence of anti-Semitism: this is just the beginning according to Bosma. “Will the newcomers have any understanding of our culture, our symbols, our lieux de mémoire? Of course not, they are already chanting ‘Hamas, Hamas, gas the Jews.”
Harbingers of multiculturalism
What do the harbingers of multiculturalism do in such situations? Bosma evidently takes pleasure in naming them in his book: people like Ed van Thijn, Freek de Jonge, Doekle Terpstra, Femke Halsema and others, his beloved opposition. Do not be surprised if they of all people, representatives of the successful elite with sufficient funds and means, leave the country by that time, the author suggests. Just as their children avoid black schools, those places that are a depressing product of the political preferences and deeds of their parents. They will become the Dutch equivalent of the ‘disillusioned’South African penitents, according to Bosma. “Liberals like to leave the aftermath of their idealism in their wake”.
‘The statistics at the end of the book, not just on the Netherlands, but on a number of European Union countries, give food for thought’
Bosma’s manuscript was previously rejected by Prometheus/Bert Bakker. However, the book has nevertheless been published by another publisher. On the sidelines, the usual suspects are scoffing without having read the book. ‘That oddball Bosma, with his idiotic speculations about a future aggressive, Islamic majority in the Netherlands. If only he would get lost.’ But Bosma belongs to the Dutch Freedom Party that regards Islam as an ideology of conquest, out to subjugate those with differing opinions. And the statistics at the end of the book, not just on the Netherlands, but on a number of European Union countries, give food for thought.
It is not to Bosma’s credit that he warns again about the pending apocalypse when Islam rules Europe, that is no more than rhetoric from the Freedom Party’s manifesto. It is his chapters on South Africa, about the fate of the Boers – towards whom he is naturally kindly disposed – and the many interesting anecdotes about warm relations between the Dutch and their ‘cousins’ far away in Africa, that Minority in their own country, that make the book worthwhile.
Bosma highlights many issues when an account of the history of the ‘Afrikaners (or Boers)’ and their inevitable decline would have sufficed. The projection onto the Dutch and European situation is useful in a political sense – Wilders’ criticism that Bosma is too busy with his Boer hobby becomes less compelling as a result – but at such moments, the book exudes that desperate Freedom Party “pamphletism”. Evidently the crusade against the naïve left must be fought until the end, but in this case it is flawed.
Bosma will be fiercely criticised, statisticians will tear apart his premise, South African experts will throw the playing down of apartheid at him, Mandela followers will be blind with rage and feel unjustifiably attacked.
To remain ahead of the critics, Bosma supports every allegation with a footnote: these amount to in excess of 2,000 over more than 500 pages. He sends a message to reviewers from the outset: yes, apartheid was a condemnable system, I agree. So if I am critical of the ANC, it does not mean I support apartheid. Just to be clear.
Bosma is critical of the ANC, and justifiably so. The culture of violence, the torture camps, the appalling corruption, the racism, the mismanagement: the author quotes all those aberrations to support his argument that the former anti-apartheid activists in the Netherlands, whose ‘struggle’ was often subsidised by the government, should be ashamed of themselves and apologise. After all, they supported a Moscow-sponsored, armed movement that was undemocratic and violent – not only were they aware of those facts, they endorsed the violence.
Representatives of the politically correct establishment
And there we have them again: ‘V&D millionaire Paul Rosenmöller, former pal of Pol Pot’, Ed van Thijn singing struggle songs with clenched fist, philosopher Hans Achterhuis, the ubiquitous Jan Pronk, Maartje van Weegen, Pia Dijkstra and all those others who at one time represented the politically correct Dutch establishment and imposed a simplistic black-and-white formula on South Africa: white is racist, therefore the ANC is right. Everybody wanted to do the right thing after the war and South Africa– partly due to its historical links with the Netherlands – provided an ideal playing field to do so.
Those people were so very misinformed, they make easy targets for Bosma. That opportunity is not wasted on the author, known for his sarcastic sense of humour. If a large number of experienced South African experts, including author/poet Breyten Breytenbach and Helen Suzman, the anti-apartheid activist who died in 2009, can concede that the ANC is a ‘gang of thieves’ and that life was ‘better’ under the apartheid regime (Suzman), then Dutch ANC fans should also be able to apply that truth and introspection, Bosma believes.
These types of jabs at the politically correct community will be music to the ears of Freedom Party supporters. But dishing out that kind of criticism has been Bosma’s daily routine for years. Of greater interest is the way in which the author appears to be genuinely gripped by his hobby: piecing together that unique history of the ‘Afrikaners (or Boers)’. It will be interesting to see whether Martin Bosma – member of a political party that is after all sullied in the eyes of many intellectuals and critics– will be able to provide a substantive retort.
Martin Bosma, Minderheid in eigen land. hoe progressieve strijd ontaardt in genocide en ANC-apartheid, published by Bibliotheca Africana Formicae.