In Extremist Muslim Groups, "Violence Has Replaced Dialogue"

November 14, 2004

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: AP/Reuters

On November 14, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "The same day Dutch mourners gathered outside a crematorium for a final goodbye to slain filmmaker Theo Van Gogh, police on the other side of the world made a horrific discovery in a hut: the decapitated body of a Thai laborer... A note impaled on Van Gogh's body by the alleged Muslim killer threatened further attacks against Dutch politicians in the name of Islam. The body of the 60-year-old Buddhist worker in Thailand also was found last week with a message: 'More will be killed' in revenge for the deaths of 85 Muslim protesters last month in a region with a mounting Islamic insurgency. 'We are seeing more tears in the fabric between Muslims and non-Muslims,' said Mohammad Khalil, who researches Islam and modern society at the Middle East Institute in Washington. 'In too many minds, violence has replaced dialogue; calls for separation have replaced efforts at coexistence. These are not good signs.'