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Sunday, October 09, 2005

Going Dutch

(Welcome Peaktalk and Tim Worstall readers!)

A nugget of info has come to me via Pieter of Peaktalk.

Princess Irene of Holland Counsels Negotiating with Al-Qaeda

Yes, ole Princess Irene of the Netherlands, middle sister of Queen Beatrix, and long-time radical activist, was interviewed the other day by a leading Dutch newspaper, De Volkskrant, counselling the West to enter into negotiation talks with Al-Qaeda.

Now before you say anything like, "so what?", let me give you some background on this lady.

Princess Irene was infamous in the 1960's for having to renounce her claim to the Dutch throne due to her marriage to the Catholic Prince Carlos-Hugo of Bourbon-Parma, the Carlist pretender to the Spanish throne.

She was then 2nd in line to succeed her mother, the amiable but rather slow-witted, Queen Juliana.

That is a story in and of itself, but not one for this blogpost perhaps.

But let's just say that her marriage was EXTREMELY controversial not only because of religious considerations, but because Prince Carlos-Hugo (of whom Madrileño wags nicknamed, "Ugo de Naranja", orange juice -- teehee), and later she, were both deeply committed Falangists : the Party of Franco.

In other words, they were Fascists.

In better, less militant times

They attended a notorious Falangist rally in the 1960's, wearing the Falangist beret, and Princess Irene was seen raising her arm in that disgusting Fascist salute, seemingly as committed to the cause as any of the Generalissimo's henchmen.

This, of course, alienated most of her former countrymen in the Netherlands, when that photo was printed in Dutch newpspapers the next day.

Holland was undergoing deep social change of its own, led in large part by the counter-culture movement of the Provos (ironically having similar tactics of intimidation as the Falangists, but merely on the other side of the political spectrum), so everyone had little sympathy with the Dutch Royal Family to begin with.

But by the 1980's, Princess Irene had been divorced from Prince Carlos-Hugo, and she then did a 180° by converting herself into an outspoken member of the fringe protest movement.

She even wrote a book called Dialogue with Nature, in which she sensationally mentioned her conversations with trees and dolphins, causing much mirth all around.

(As an aside, her sister Princess Marijke-Christina, who was born partially blind, and whose mother, the Queen, once used the intervention of a "female Rasputin" to try to cure her in the 1950's, used to live in South Florida. She had married a Cuban-American gentleman named Guillermo, and it was with her children that I once saw her in a Publix supermarket carpark, in the toney neighbourhood of Coral Gables. Now I know my historical characters very well, thanks to Hello! magazine, ahem, but I could barely believe it when I saw this elephantine woman come out with her groceries, surrounded by her unruly children and what was probably her driver-maid. In she went inside her forest green SUV, and proceeded to...take her bra off through her shirt! In full view of toute-le-monde, if you please. This is not a sane family, people. Give me my daffy, but comparatively prosaic Royal Family any day...actually, strike that. Give me a Republic)

Any one of these identity crises volte-faces would be enough to discredit Princess Irene's views on most matters, but you see, certain people are still paying attention to what she has to say.

It's just that those certain people would pay attention to ANYONE, if they repeated what they wanted to hear.

Suggesting entering into peace negotiations with the murderous, state-less, terrorist organisation that is Al-Qaeda, sounds quite similar to another suggestion proposed earlier his week, when a leading news organisation seriously considered embedding journalists with the Iraqi insurgency -- fair's fair, and all that.

Like Princess Irene, it seems there are those who play the moral equivalency game as if they were to the manor born.


  • I understand Going Dutch, but you could have called it Going Nuts!

    By Blogger Jose Aguirre, at Sun Oct 09, 04:36:00 pm GMT-4  

  • I understand Going Dutch, but you could have called it Going Nuts!

    Yeah. :)

    But I thought Pieter already had her number when he titled his blogpost -- "Princess Moonbat".

    BTW, she's not the only royal princess to have dodgy mental credentials out there, and I don't mean her sister married to the Cubanazo. ;)

    The present Queen of Spain's sister, another Irene!, was a professional classical pianist, but also a disciple for years of the Bagwhan Rashneesh. She and her mother, Frederike, both, actually.

    And I thought my family were eccentric. :)


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Oct 09, 05:04:00 pm GMT-4  

  • BTW, she's not the only royal princess to have dodgy mental credentials out there, and I don't mean her sister married to the Cubanazo. ;)

    Now, was that really necessary?

    By Blogger Jose Aguirre, at Sun Oct 09, 06:53:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Now, was that really necessary?


    You're so teasable, Jose. :)


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Oct 09, 09:36:00 pm GMT-4  

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