Islamic Terrorism And Islamic Extremist Violence

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On the 13th of November 2015, a terrorist attack was carried out in the city of Paris killing 130 civilians (BBC src. A 2015). This attack surfaced many underlying fears of increased immigration from Islamic countries such as Syria. France and the Netherlands, along with other Western European powers, are becoming increasingly wary of opening their borders to the Syrian refugees out of fear of Islamic extremism―and with good reason. Previous to the Paris Attacks― in January of this year―France witnessed another terrorist attack at the headquarter of a satirical magazine: Charlie Hebdo (BBC src. B 2015). The Netherlands has also fallen prey to Islamic extremist violence in the case of the public murder of Theo Van Gogh, a controversial film…show more content…
A and B). The Netherlands, the most progressive of the two, was the first nation in the world to legalize gay marriage (Pew Research 2015). Also in both governments, the executive branch is split into the head of state and the head of government. The Netherland’s government varies in that it takes the form of a constitutional monarchy. In the legislative branch, both countries take the shape of a traditional parliament, functioning fundamentally parallel (CIA src. A and B 2015). Both countries represent a multiparty system containing coalitions of center-right and center-left parties. A significant anomaly present in both countries is the rise of right-wing parties: Front National (France), and the Party for Freedom (the Netherlands) under the political leadership of Marine Le Pen in France and Geert Wilders in the Netherlands.
These right-wing parties promote anti-islamic platforms and support the reduction of immigration in efforts to preserve their national identity. In the most recent regional elections in France, the National Front lead in six of the thirteen regions winning “27.73% of the vote in the first round, followed by Mr Sarkozy 's Republicans on 26.65%, and President Francois Hollande 's Socialists with 23.12%” (BBC src. D 2015). The National Front’s success in the first round of elections was thought to serve as representation of the future presidential election in
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