Der Speigel Article: The Slippery Dutch Slope from Drug Tolerance to Drug Terror
The Dutch drug fairytale is well and truly over and rather than legislating they’ve spent years looking the other way and fudging solutions the result as Der Speigel succinctly puts it, is the following
Drug gangs in the Netherlands have long since graduated from hashish to cocaine – and from dealing on the streets to a spree of contract killings. Police, lawyers, journalists: All are at risk of falling victim to the drug violence that has gripped the country.
Who is next on the kill list? Schouten? De Jong? De Vries? Schouten looks out through bulletproof glass and sees De Vries walking alone on the street. The car drives up to him and Schouten asks: “Peter, what are you doing here alone in the dark?” De Vries: “I am walking to my car.” Schouten, according to his recollection of the conversation, replies: “But that’s insane.”
“In the problem areas off southeastern Amsterdam, young men are queuing up to commit murder on behalf of the gangs.”