During the Second World War, when he was an adolescent, the former Dutch Christian Democrat politician Wim Aantjes joined the Germaanse SS and refused to work for the Waffen SS later on. After more than thirty years an authoritative professor misjudged his case and Mr. Aantjes stepped down as party leader in Parliament. Recently during an interview on television he said he believes that he must take responsibility of his deeds after his death in front of the divine authority, His behavior will be judged. He was apparently afraid for this defining moment.
It is unclear in which direction he points, but the Islamic fundamentalist must have had much exercise, because his shoulders remain perfectly balanced. At the same time, we don’t get distressed anymore when we listen to his familiar threats.
Throughout the town there are orange flags because of the European Championship. Two blocks away, in my own avenue, a resident has permanently placed the Indian elephant god Ganesh in his front yard. In combination with the flags it reminds me of the Tibetan villages in Nepal. Indeed, there was Buddha instead of Ganesh and the flags had more colors, but the flapping and whispering of the gods was the same.