After Pim Fortuyn, the gay anti-Islamist Dutch political leader was gunned down by an animal rights crusader, hard leftists and even liberals did all they could to minimize the seriousness of what had happened. It’s getting harder. The trial of Volkert van der Graaf is revealing that the assassination was motivated by an attempt to stop Fortuyn’s criticism of Islamist intolerance:

Facing a raucous court on the first day of his murder trial, [van der Graaf] said his goal was to stop Mr Fortuyn exploiting Muslims as “scapegoats” and targeting “the weak parts of society to score points” to try to gain political power. He said: “I confess to the shooting. He was an ever growing danger who would affect many people in society. I saw it as a danger. I hoped that I could solve it myself.”

This was a leftist extremist hit-job, by someone who had absorbed the anti-Fortuyn propaganda of Europe’s liberal elites. If it had been done by a neo-Nazi against a liberal politician, the papers would be full of dire warnings about a new wave of political extremism. But this time, the extremism is from the far left, allied with Islamism.

BAGHDAD BROADCASTING CORPORATION: Yes, I know they use more quotation marks in headlines than Americans do. But hjow about this subhead: “The US delegation has walked out of the United Nations as Iraq condemns US aggression.” Yep, aggression. Some things are so transparent they don’t need quote marks.