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Bomb cars at the Leidseplein

3 June 2007 - “The white of the paintwork has been changed for the black of eternity”. Thus described writer Abdelkader Benali the wrecks of two bomb cars, that were put on display this afternoon at the Leidseplein.

Beforehand, the initiators had told each other that even BNN, the network that faked a kidney donor television show, would not do such a thing. However, this apparently was not a stunt; at least, the wrecks were there alright this afternoon. Only they were not black, but rust-coloured.

Femke Halsema, party leader of GroenLinks, described the bomb car as the weapon of the weak. For a few hundred dollars you make world headlines: misery, blood and screaming people create powerful images.

Even if there is little we can do about them, the Netherlands share in the responsibility for the victims of the car bombs and we should not close our eyes to that, Halsema said. Among the onlookers, signatures were collected for an investigation into the Dutch involvement in the Iraq war.

The cars had been shipped to Amsterdam in order to break through the apathy concerning what happens in Iraq. A wasted effort, thought artist Jonas Staal. Real empathy is not possible, according to Staal: the wrecks only fulfil our own moral and aesthetic needs.

Meanwhile, everybody took another photograph of the little boy playing with one of the wrecks.

See also: Baghdad car bomb wreck delayed


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