Wilders Causes Another Row. Pre-Captivity Stockholm Syndrome

In November 2008 a Dutch journalist, Joanie de Rijke, was abducted by Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. She was held captive, raped repeatedly, and released after six days for a ransom of 100,000 euros ($137,000). After her ordeal, she acknowledged that her captors “did horrible things to me,” but added in several media interviews “They also respected me,” and emphasized “They are not monsters.”

In a speech in the Dutch Parliament last Thursday, the Dutch opposition leader Geert Wilders referred to Joanie de Rijke’s case.

“She was raped, but she was not angry. The journalist who went looking for the Taliban in Afghanistan saw her curiosity end in a cruel ordeal of multiple rape. While this would make others angry or sad, this journalist shows understanding. She says: ‘They also respected me.’ And she was given tea and biscuits.”

“This story” Wilders said,

“is a perfect illustration of the moral decline of our elites. They are so blinded by their own ideology that they turn a blind eye to the truth. Rape? Well, I would put this into perspective, says the leftist journalist: the Taliban are not monsters. Our elites prefer to deny reality rather than face it. One would expect: a woman is being raped and finds this unbearable. But this journalist is not angry because the Muslim involved also showed respect. Our elites, whether they are politicians, journalists, judges, subsidy gobblers or civil servants, are totally clueless. Plain common sense has been dumped in order to deny reality. It is not just this raped journalist who is suffering from Stockholm syndrome, but the entire Dutch elite. The only moral reference they have is: do not irritate the Muslims – that is the one thing they will condemn.”

Stockholm syndrome is a psychological response sometimes seen in hostages, where the hostage shows signs of loyalty to the hostage-taker, regardless of the danger or risk in which the hostages have been placed.
Wilders’ words caused instant fury on all benches except those of his own party. Parliamentarians and government ministers reacted furiously to his reference to Joanie de Rijke. “You should be ashamed of yourself,” Femke Halsema of the far-left Green Left Party yelled. Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, a Christian-Democrat, called Wilders’ statement “extremely painful and tasteless.” The PM said the opposition leader was “shamefully abusing” the journalist by turning her “once again into a victim unable to defend herself.”
The Dutch media, too, attacked Wilders. “Everybody is angry with Wilders” the Amsterdam daily Het Parool wrote. Even the conservative weblog De Dagelijkse Standaard headlined: “Geert Wilders insults journalist raped by Taliban.”
Wilders’ remark about the European elites’ “Stockholm Syndrome” seems to have hit a nerve. The Dutch elites – from the left to the right, from the Greens to the Conservatives – tried to distract attention from this by focusing on his alleged “insult” of an abused woman.
Before elaborating, let us take a closer look at the Joanie de Rijke case.

Joanie de Rijke

Mrs. de Rijke is an attractive 43 year old Dutch free-lance journalist with long blonde hair. Though she is a Dutch citizen, she does not live in the Netherlands but in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking northern half of neighboring Belgium. Most of the time she writes for P-Magazine, a glossy Flemish men’s weekly which features pictures of girls in lingerie and skimpy bathing suits, pornographic cartoons, articles about fast cars and political pieces.
Last Fall, de Rijke was traveling in Afghanistan for P-Magazine. Dressed in a burka, she tried to get in touch with the Taliban to do a human interest story about them. She managed to contact a group of Taliban fighters who had ambushed and killed ten French soldiers in August. De Rijke arranged an interview with Ghazi Gul, the commander of the group. When she and her interpreter arrived for the interview, however, Gul abducted her. He sent the interpreter back to Kabul with a message for P-Magazine demanding a ransom of $2 million for the journalist or he would slit her throat.
The Dutch government refused to pay. So did the Belgian government, although Michael Lescroart, P-Magazine’s editor, claims that initially the Belgian authorities were willing to pay but later changed their minds because they are “cowards.” Lescroart also said that he believed the group which abducted de Rijke were not real Taliban but

“some sort of Taliban ‘freelancers,’ scum who were after money. They did not want the real Taliban to know what they were doing, because the real Taliban do not accept that kind of behavior.”

Given P-Magazine’s anti-Americanism and leftist inclinations Lescroart probably harbors sympathy for the Taliban and finds it hard to accept that the “good guys” do evil things.
During her captivity, de Rijke was raped repeatedly by Gul. In her book In de handen van de Taliban, which she published last month, she writes that the Taliban commander

“could not control his testosterone. I had the impression that afterwards he regretted what had happened. He knew it was wrong.”

The noble savage even “invited her to a threesome,” i.e. to have sex with him and one of his three wives. “Ghazi was a very religious man. It is all so hypocritical. He was a complete fool,” she writes.
Because the Dutch and Belgian authorities refused to pay, P-Magazine raised 100.000 euros and offered it to Ghazi in return for the journalist’s release. The commander accepted. De Rijke was freed after six days in exchange for the money, which, says de Rijke, was transferred to the Taliban with the aid of the Dutch authorities.
Abduction and kidnapping of Dutch and Belgian journalists is very rare. It has only happened once before, in the 1980s, when a Dutch journalist was kept hostage for a while in Lebanon. Lescroart demands that the Dutch and Belgian authorities do more for kidnapped journalists in the future: “It is intolerable that the life of journalists should depend on the money which their colleagues manage to collect.”
After her release, Joanie de Rijke, too, criticized the Dutch and Belgian authorities for their refusal to pay ransom. “The Belgians have done nothing. They said it was a matter for the Dutch. And the Dutch authorities said they never pay ransom. In Afghanistan they know well enough that Western governments pay up after an abduction. Germany, Italy and France have all paid ransoms.”
Though de Rijke was angry with the Dutch and Belgian authorities, she told the Dutch media in interviews given after her release that she was not angry with her abductors. “I do not want to depict the Taliban as monsters. I am not angry with Ghazi Gul. After all, he let me live,” she said. About the rape ordeal she declared that though the experience had been horrible, she was also shown respect. “It’s not black and white. These things can exist side by side. That doesn’t mean that I’m suffering from Stockholm syndrome.”
Some of her colleagues, however, tend to disagree. Newspaper columnist Elma Drayer wrote in Trouw (14 May) that de Rijke’s case was a “classic example of Stockholm syndrome – the phenomenon in which the victims afterwards tell us that the culprits had noble motives and could not help doing what they did.”
In his speech in parliament last week, Geert Wilders argued that the entire Dutch elite is suffering from Stockholm syndrome and behaves in a fashion similar to Joanie de Rijke. Rather than trying to refute Wilders, the Dutch establishment attacked him, accusing him of “immorally abusing de Rijke’s ordeal for his own political goals.” De Rijke, too, said she was appalled at Wilders’ statement. “I did feel angry because of the rape,” she explained, “what I tried to make clear was that the acts of the Taliban cannot be reduced to rape. The fact that I wanted to stress that aspect of my feelings is not the same as the Stockholm syndrome people like Wilders like to talk about. In a war situation people seem only able to think in black and white. I wanted to refine the story. A person is not a monster because he calls himself Taliban.”
Her reaction confirms precisely what Wilders was trying to say. In reality the Taliban are not monsters because they call themselves Taliban, but because they behave like monsters. People like de Rijke, however, no longer judge people by their behavior and their actions, but condone them for the noble motives which they imagine have driven them to commit their acts. As Wilders said, “They are so blinded by their own ideology that they turn a blind eye to the truth.”
This attitude led Joanie de Rijke to travel to Afghanistan in the first place, with the aim of interviewing Taliban terrorists who had killed ten French soldiers. This attitude leads her editor to question whether the Taliban who abducted and raped de Rijke are “real Taliban” because “real Taliban do not behave that way.” This attitude recently led an American woman in Bakersfield, California, to approach a man lurking in the parking lot where she had parked her car because, as she told the police, though the man looked like a thug she did not want to appear racist. The man held her at gunpoint, threatening to kill her 11 month old daughter, and robbed and raped her. This attitude has led Western Europe to open its doors to large scale immigration from Muslim countries. This attitude, and here Wilders does not take the argument far enough, is worse than the Stockholm syndrome.
Those who have been abducted and suffer from Stockholm syndrome usually have not placed themselves in danger willingly. They had the misfortune to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. The phenomenon illustrated by the case of Joanie de Rijke is that of people who for ideological reasons deny the existence of danger and subsequently put themselves in danger. Unlike ordinary Stockholm syndrome sufferers they do not begin to shown signs of loyalty to the criminal while in captivity, but have already surrendered to the criminal before their captivity, and, indeed, have ended up in captivity as a consequence of their ideological blindness.
And so, in a way Joanie de Rijke is right. She did not develop Stockholm syndrome while in captivity. She had the syndrome even before she left for Afghanistan. It is natural that she should resent her state of mind being described as Stockholm syndrome, because she considers it to be the state of mind of a righteous and intelligent modern intellectual. It is the state of mind which she shares with almost the entire political and intellectual class of Europe today, that of the hostage to political correctness.

The adventure aswell

The adventure aswell corroborates Takuan Seiyo's advocacy to Western patriots to get out of the way and let the traitors aftertaste the abounding after-effects of their treason. But there is a botheration with that. Is it safe for patriots to accord our enemies the abundant abundance of animal basic represented by our traitors? Since Joanie yearns for servitude, conceivably she and her adolescent traitors should be bedevilled of treason, and if not executed, accursed to a activity of bondage for the account of her own country instead of its enemies. (Cf. the contempo alms abandon victim in Paris who apologized for his attackers.)
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RE: Wilders...

 Women, land, wealth, symbols, children. Is contemporary Islamisation not conquest by another name?

Wliders Is right on

The ruling elites were confronted by the truth through what Wilders said. He should be commended not vilified and attacked. This journalist and the dutch elite would rather cower in corners than standing up to what is wasting their country from the inside out. Excellent job Mr. Wilders!


As to the journalist, perhaps she needs to return to those who kidnapped her and become wife #3, 4, 5 or 6. To say anything positive about such pieces of filth, states so much more than the actual words by this journalist. I am sure her book is a real prize. I hate rape and those who are so low they commit it. No women deserves this kind of treatment, even if they are served tea and biscuits before and after such a horrendous crime is commited.

Most women like the islamic savages of India

As in this "de Rijke’s case was a “classic example of Stockholm syndrome" I find most Indian women like the islamic tormentors and savages for largely unknown reason.

That is the reason, men of India increasingly feel unsafe looking at their own women getting subverted by the smiling assassins and grinning extortionists out for ever more "infidel tax."

Drone for pakkis

We may also ask why "American tax payers' money be wasted for a Predator drone with a price tag of $ 4.5mio per unit to defend the honour " of pakkis fascists.

The international community is being duped into giving billions of infidel tax (prescribed in quran) thru 'donor conference', thru refugee aid, (earlier for earth quake), etc etc. while its filthy rich arab buddies (awash with 'crude' oil money) dont even pay any heed (let alone paying dollars) to the fellow muslims in fakistan all that much. Isnt that a cruel irony??

Reckless and unthankful

I know Joanie from in Afghanistan 2006 and Kosovo 2007. In Kosovo she drove the Belgian campcommander crazy by leaving the camp without his permission. She certainly "used" the Belgian army at that point (flight, place to sleep and protection). She was there on invitation of a Belgian band in the first place. But instead of giving them an interview, or even thanks in her article, she went on to Pristina to inform some underground figures about the coming elections and independence.

Oversexed overpaid and over there among the noble savages

"...could the U.S. armed forces in the region kindly dedicate a Predator drone to Ghazi Gul?"

You are joking, right? Why on earth should the American tax payers' money be wasted for a Predator drone with a price tag of $ 4.5mio per unit to defend the honour of a Dutch slut who has none and then writes books about it? She is no better than those debased, perverted critters who marry death row inmates.

She deserved everything she got and didn't get, by a long margin, all she deserved.

Stockholm sindrome ?

I offer an alternative explanation. What if the lady wanted to be raped by tough guys? And enjoyed being raped? And who's to blame? Probably, dutch men, who prefer to make love no war with each other.

Predator for Gul

Many thanks to Thomas Landen for this outstanding article. Meanwhile, could the U.S. armed forces in the region kindly dedicate a Predator drone to Ghazi Gul? Both Gul and and the Dutch elite need an object lesson in how real men handle rapists and killers of fellow NATO soldiers.


Kudos to Geert Wilders for his handling of the situation and his enlightened comments. I am glad neither the Dutch nor the Belgians paid for this woman, what a waste of taxpayers' money. These elites are really clueless.

Stockholm syndrome

Great article by Thomas Landen, who brings out the most significant points of this story. It corroborates my maxim that liberals would rather die than give up their liberalism. Joanie says, at least they didn't kill me, they're not monsters. But who can doubt that if they had killed her, her ghost would be saying, at least they didn't rape me, they're not monsters. If they had raped and killed her, it would be, at least they didn't burn me alive, they're not monsters. And so on.

The story also corroborates Takuan Seiyo's recommendation to Western patriots to get out of the way and let the traitors taste the full consequences of their treason. But there is a problem with that. Is it safe for patriots to give our enemies the substantial quantity of human capital represented by our traitors? Since Joanie yearns for servitude, perhaps she and her fellow traitors should be convicted of treason, and if not executed, condemned to a life of servitude for the benefit of her own country instead of its enemies. (Cf. the recent subway violence victim in Paris who apologized for his attackers.)

The article is rich with other profitable insights. How happy criminal defense attorneys will be to learn of the testosterone defense offered by Joanie for her abductor! He was just the victim of his own hormones! How gratifying for Taliban killers to learn they are regarded as being too noble and pure to rape infidel whores--if they did not take offense at such an insult to their manhood. A new line of apologetics appears on the horizon--instead of Stalin's Betrayal of Lenin, it will be Gul's Betrayal of Osama, and we will glorify the revolutionary purity of pre-9/11 jihadism.

Although it can be good policy not to pay ransom, the Dutch should have tried to rescue Joanie or to punish her captors after her release. If she were not committed to exculpating them, she could be legitimately angry at her government's failure to act.

Thank God for Geert Wilders--at least there is one honest man in European government.