Ian Buruma Quotes.

1. "Citizenship of a democratic state means living by the laws of the country. A liberal democracy cannot survive when part of the population believes that divine laws trump those made by man."
- Ian Buruma, Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance

2. "The solution to the Muslim problem is a Muslim Voltaire, a Muslim Nietzsche—that"
- Ian Buruma, Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance

3. "Without ideology, and with nothing but jobs for the boys at stake, party politics was losing its raison d’être, and trust in the old democratic order could no longer be taken for granted."
- Ian Buruma, Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance

4. "I am skeptical about the idea that we can learn much from history, at least in the sense that knowledge of past follies will prevent us from making similar blunders in the future... And yet it is important to know what happened before, and to try and make sense of it. For if we don't, we cannot understand our own times."
- Quote by Ian Buruma

5. "The fact that both killers arrived on bikes added a peculiarly Dutch flavor to their murders."
- Quote by Ian Buruma

6. "Yahudi intikamı siyasal destek görmediği için, hiçbir zaman uygulanamadı. Siyonist liderler savaşla kana bulanmış Avrupa ülkelerinden uzakta, çöl arazisini işleyen ve gururlu yurttaş-askerler olarak düşmanlarıyla çarpışan yiğit İsrailoğulları teması üzerine kurulu farklı türden bir normallik yaratmaya çalıştılar. İçe kapanık bir yaklaşımla geleceğe baktılar. Gerçi o gelecek de katliamla, etnik ve dinsel çatışmayla dolu olacaktı ama dökülen Alman kanı olmayacaktı."
- Ian Buruma, Year Zero: A History of 1945

7. "Gerçekle yüz yüze gelmeyi, çoğu kez hayal kırıklığı izler. Beauvoir'nın anlattığına göre, Sartre ABD'den "bütün gördükleri biraz afallamış" olarak döndü. İnsanlardan elbette hoşlanmış ve Roosevelt'e hayran kalmıştı; ama Beauvoir'nın ifadesiyle "Batı yarıkürenin uygarlığında ekonomik sistem, ayrımcılık ve ırkçılık dışında onu şoka uğratan birçok şey vardı - Amerikalıların tutuculuğu, değerler ölçeği, efsaneleri, iyimserlikleri, her türlü trajik şeyden kaçınışları."
- Ian Buruma, Year Zero: A History of 1945

8. "On May 7 crowds had gathered on Dam Square in the center of Amsterdam in front of the Royal Palace, cheering, dancing, singing, waving the orange flag of the Dutch royal family, in anticipation of the triumphant British and Canadian troops whose arrival was imminent. Watching the happy throng from the windows of a gentlemen’s club on the square, German naval officers decided in a last-minute fit of pique to fire into the crowd with a machine gun mounted on the roof. Twenty-two people died, and more than a hundred were badly injured. Even that was not the very last violent act of the war."
- Ian Buruma, Year Zero: A History of 1945

9. "Islam may soon become the majority religion in countries whose churches have been turned more and more into tourist sites, apartment houses, theatres, and places of entertainment. The French scholar Olivier Roy is right: Islam is now a European religion."
- Ian Buruma, Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance

10. "LIBERATION IS PERHAPS not the right word to describe the end of the war in colonial societies. Most Asians were more than happy to be rid of the Japanese, whose Asian liberation had turned out to be worse than the Western imperialism it temporarily replaced. But liberation is not quite what the Dutch had in mind for the Dutch East Indies in 1945, or the French for Indochina, or the British for Malaya."
- Ian Buruma, Year Zero: The History of 1945

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