Saturday, April 18, 2009

What, Me Worry?

That’s what the Dutch government seems to be saying about the prospect of Geert Wilders’ planned sequel to Fitna. Our Flemish correspondent VH has prepared a summary based on material from the Dutch media:

What, Me Worry?The Minister of Internal Affairs, Guusje ter Horst (PvdA, Socialists, Labour) commented yesterday: “Before Fitna came out, we had extensive consultations among ourselves [in the cabinet and with the Terrorism Co-ordinator], but there is no reason to do so now.” She also said she would not to be willing to pay “too much attention to it.” Ter Horst also said: “The sequel is often worse than the first. So I’m curious.”

She was pretending not to worry a lot about it (this time). Wilders’ party, the PVV, is the largest party in the polls. And with every move the government parties (CDA, PvdA) make against Wilders, the PVV gains in the polls. So maybe the old guard will retreat a little, waiting for an opportunity to strike.

Afshin Ellian published an interesting theory yesterday to explain that “calmness” about Fitna II:

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Analysis

Now an objective analysis of the facts and circumstances surrounding MP Geert Wilders and his anti-Islam battle:

1) The State of the Netherlands. With the first Fitna, even before there was a film it was seen as a serious threat. The Government called on him to not make the film. The rest you will remember, the crisis atmosphere that was caused by Prime Minister Balkenende himself. But now it is different. The National Terrorism Coordinator (NCTb) finds it yet too premature to respond to the Wilders’ plans for a new film, according to Elsevier. The Balkenende cabinet did consult the NCTb about the possible consequences of the film, however.
2) Fitna owed its fame and impact to a Government in panic. This time the Dutch government will try to emit calmness. The question, however, is how long they can keep up this calmness. In any case, the government and the terrorist co-ordinator are planning not to make the same mistakes again.
3) However, this time a real chance exists that in some Islamic countries disturbances will arise as a result of a new film by Wilders. This can happen if the movie is a substantial provocation. What can be considered a provocation will not be determined by Wilders, but by the Jihadists. Why might the Jihadists become angry? Two reasons. First Wilders nowadays is a well known personality in the Islamic countries, and secondly it appears from Jihadist websites that extremist Muslims have the desire for new, heavy cartoon riots.

Message

What is the provisional conclusion? Possible calmness with the Dutch government, but unrest in the Muslim world.
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Who will benefit from this? Wilders or the government? The Dutch government, of course. Because then the CDA [Christian Democrats, government party] will tell the Dutch people: Wilders is a pyromaniac and the Islamic boycott will leave more people unemployed by the crisis. What then will the message be? Those who vote Wilders are choosing a violent conflict with the Islamic world.

Question

Now it’s still a question whether the Dutch people will follow this possible view of the CDA. Nobody knows the answer, but one should not exclude the possibility that people in an atmosphere of Islam-fatigue and Wilders-fatigue will decide not to vote for Wilders on a massive scale.

With Fitna I, Wilders might have benefited from unrest in the Muslim world. A revolt against Fitna would have served as additional evidence for the truth of the content of Fitna. The CDA would just have lost then.

Advantage

But now it is exactly the opposite: the CDA, in a time of economic crisis, might benefit from a violent insurgency in the Muslim world in response to Fitna II.

The CDA may present Wilders then as a fanatic who does not care about the welfare of his constituents, but only of his “fanatical battle” against Islam. And the Labour Party [PvdA, the other government party]? In any case, the PvdA will try to stay out of this fight.

Conclusion

Ultimately, the future around Fitna will not be decided by Wilders, nor the CDA. Everything depends on the decision and the power of the Jihadists.

It would not therefore surprise me if the government does very little about Fitna II.

Most parties of the “old politics”, such as the CDA, PvdA, VVD and D66 are trying to adapt their tactics to stop the PVV’s rise in the polls.

The D66 leader Pechtold, for instance, said he will emigrate when Wilders wins the next elections. That helps the D66, being both the party for the appeasers and the party of the bureaucracy and civil servants who want to maintain the status quo (thus their jobs).

The PvdA tries to pretend to be tough every now and then, but fails because they are limited in their options by an increasing part of their electorate who are immigrants.

The VVD tries to come along with Wilders a little, but is not convincing the electorate (who increasingly prefer to support the PVV).

The CDA tries to stay calm, to avoid mistakes and to pretend to be the only solid reliable government candidate. They will wait for a clear and clean opportunity to strike back. Not easy while Wilders is positioning the PVV as a solid and stable common sense party.

5 comments:

Henrik R Clausen said...

Fitna owed its fame and impact to a Government in panic.One of the few examples of a panic bringing benefit. Due, of course, to the calm of Wilders in proceeding undeterred, and the blogosphere putting up a fiece battle to keep it available in face of abject cowardice by MSM and government. It was a very fine hour for grass root media.

This time the Dutch government will try to emit calmness. Having failed to prevent the impact the first time around, it runs another experiment on how to avoid the obvious:

Asserting that free speech is unconditional. Period.Until it does exactly that, I predict further improvements of PVV polls :)

Fellow Peacekeeper said...

Asserting that free speech is unconditional. Period.Indeed, the conflict occuring with Islamic contact exposes inherant contradictions and failures in the new-labor/cultural_marxist/leftist/progressive/liberal.democratic_socialist programs. As long as the electorate are not certifiably cattle those flaws can be exploited, as Wilders is doing (but others are failing to do). Precious little the new left can do to fight back without dirty tricks, since for much of them their dirty secret is that free speech is in fact not acceptable to them.

Good luck Geert. Stay sharp.

I dare suggest that Fitna II should be inoffensive to western viewers sensibilities in order to avoid various "-ism" labels, so that the Islamoid backlash is firmly seen as utterly unreasonable even by the most bleeding hearted.

erdebe said...

I dont think islam-fatique will be a problem at all. Simply because the problem with the muslim immigrants will progressively get worse. And its really hard to ignore something that is in your face!

Furthermore, i think the dutch by now are ready for conflict. Its the whole point of voting Wilders. To stop appeasement, to stop islamization, even to stop the EUSSRization. They allready know this will lead to opposition, which can only be overcome by conflict.

But im getting the feeling, more and more people are ready to take a stand instead of slowly being led to slaughter. Im even betting there will some kind of big clash between dutch and immigrants this summer. But maybe im being overly optimistic about the scale and intensity of the "resistance".

thll said...

erdebe: "I dont think islam-fatique will be a problem at all. Simply because the problem with the muslim immigrants will progressively get worse. And its really hard to ignore something that is in your face!" Of course! Islam demands a solution because it makes itself impossible to ignore. It's always the same story with fanatics.

Zenster said...

... it appears from Jihadist websites that extremist Muslims have the desire for new, heavy cartoon riots.

Nothing could be better. Those cartoon riots in the MME (Muslim Middle East), killed more than a few Muslims.

Furthermore, this is one of those rare occasions where traditional public ignorance actually may have an upside. After all, how many people can tell you exactly who Geert Wilders really is? Therefore, when the usual frothing crowd of swivel-eyed Muslim loons begins to vent their collective spleen, it will appear as though they are doing so about next to nothing.

Few things better serve the counter-jihad agenda than having murderous raving arsonists rioting over some totally obscure film clip that next to no one even knows about. It just makes the Muslims look all the more silly and psychotically predisposed to their usual violence.