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.
When we lived in Bamako 4 years ago, we had a Touareg security guard. Skinny Muhammad wasn’t very popular among his colleagues, I sensed. We could hardly communicate with him, because we did not speak his language and his French wasn’t good enough. During our parting he gave a leather pillow gift, made by his brother. I wonder how he’s doing now the French have started a desert war in Mali. The Tuareg people must have a sense of insecurity in Bamako nowadays.
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.