Geert Wilders: Muslims ‘Burning In Hell’ And All Other Moderate Views
GEERT Wilders is in London. He’s in Westminster showing his anti-Islamic film, Fitna, at the House of Lords. Wilders is the Dutch far-right politician with designs on Hollywood. Anti-racism protesters arrive to scream that intolerance will not be tolerated. Members of the English Defence League scream that the English way of life – liberty, freedom and democracy – is under threat and anyone who says it isn’t can **** off. Wilders says Islam and democracy are “incompatible“.
Everyone has an opinion. Here is the pick of the best, and worst:
* Because unlike many opponents of mass immigration, he’s not a fascist or a racist – the British establishment would love Wilders to reveal himself to be another Nick Griffin or Jorg Haider, someone with lots of skeletons dressed in SS uniform in his closet, but he’s not. He’s just a normal mainstream conservative who sees, like many others, that the liberal establishment suffers from sort of groupthink madness when it comes to the subject of immigration.
As he said this week: “We’re going to take the Netherlands back from the leftist elite that coddles criminals and supports Islamisation.” Now if only David Cameron had said that last Sunday… – Ed West, Daily Telegraph
* The electoral breakthrough for Wilders comes at a time when the far right is making advances across the EU – remember the European Parliamentary elections last year. Is this a backlash against the excesses of multicultural ideology or does it represent something more fundamental? – Alex Rossi, Sky
* This afternoon, several hundred EDL supporters assembled outside the Tate Britain, downriver from Parliament. When the march initially failed to get going, police allowed them to wander off to the pub for an hour or so. (By comparison, a smaller crowd of anti-racist protesters, organised by Unite Against Fascism, had been kept tightly corralled by police outside Parliament’s St Stephen’s Gate since the morning.)
Before marching towards Parliament, the crowd was addressed by Guramit Singh – virtually the only non-white EDL supporter present – who claimed to be one of the “twelve leaders” of the EDL. He called “on all religions” to “eradicate militant Islam”. While Singh, and a subsequent speaker at the rally, occasionally made a distinction between “moderate” Muslims and “extremists”, the crowd’s biggest cheer was reserved for Singh’s closing words:
“God bless the Christians, Jews, Sikhs, even God bless the Muslims – they’ll need it when they’re burning in fucking hell.” – New Statesman
* One only hopes that if Wilders is able to secure a cabinet position that the political trials will come to an end. Also, that he’ll drop the idiotic stance that the Koran should be banned. As irony it works, but as a real political goal it is every bit as fascist as the Islamists who want to ban Koran desecration – Jawa Report
* Like Mr Eugenides, I’m on record opposing the disgraceful ban that prevented Geert Wilders from entering the United Kingdom. So in that sense it’s a good thing that he’s in London today to show his little film to Lord Pearson and his pals.
What I don’t understand, like our redoubtable Greek friend, is why UKIP should be so keen to associate themselves with Wilders. For a party that I’d thought spent a lot of time stressing that it should in no way, shape or form be considered a kind of mini, more respectable BNP it’s curious how keen they are to chum around with people such as Wilders.
And last month, the country of Spinoza, legalized hash, and window-dwelling prostitutes, decided to prosecute Wilders for being a “hate criminal” and making a short film that Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende said served “no purpose other than to offend.” (Can one by buy Cannibal Holocaust in the Netherlands?) For good measure, the British government decided that Wilders was a horribly dangerous alien and blocked his entry into the United Kingdom last year (while defending former London Mayor Ken Livingstone’s hug-in with Yusuf al-Qaradawi as a glorious step towards interfaith tolerance and electing George Galloway to parliament).