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Book Review: Why the Dutch are Different by Ben Coates

By Bronwen Maddox   November 2015

Nicholas Brealey, £10.9951PQ4TxaWCL._SX316_BO1,204,203,200_

Standing in an Afghan refugee camp in Peshawar in 2000, I was talking to a senior United Nations official, who was Dutch, and who needed, as part of the task of getting food and aid to Afghans, to deal with the Taliban. “These people are evil,” he said, railing against them for praising the closing of a girls’ school as a good day’s work, and for devising an identity card for women that, like a black joke, had to be folded many times to entomb the picture in…

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