Friends Describe Suspect in Murder of Dutch Filmmaker as Moderate, Friendly

Source: The Washington Post

On November 28, 2004 The Washington Post ran a feature article on Mohammed Bouyeri, a suspect in the murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh: “Bouyeri’s move from community organizer to alleged terrorist was swift and shocking to friends, teachers and co-workers. They describe him as a friendly person and good student who, like many of his generation, found himself perched uneasily between the traditional values and culture of his Moroccan immigrant family and those of modern Dutch society.

At first, Bouyeri worked passionately to channel the frustrations of young Muslims like himself into positive programs. But he increasingly turned to a radical brand of IslamIslam in Arabic literally means “submitting” or “submission.” One who submits or surrenders his or her will to God is called a Muslim. While the whole of God’s creation is described as being inherently Muslim, human beings must choose whether to..., lashing out against perceived enemies and critics and becoming part of a small circleIn some Pagan traditions, a “circle” refers to the people who gather for a ritual. When standing in a circle, all the participants are able to see each other, with no one member elevated over any other. This practice is often felt to encourage egalita... of believers under the influence of a Syrian-born militant known as Abu Khatib, according to Dutch intelligence officials.”