news report on Geert Wilders that recently appeared on Australian television. The program’s host displays the customary attitude — a mixture of hostility, condescension, moral disapproval, and just a trace of fear — towards Mr. Wilders, which is what we have come to expect from any major media outlet in the West. Nevertheless, Mr. Wilders’ message was allowed to come though at length in his own words.
Anne-Kit includes these notes:
SBS is your standard multicultural, intellectual, lefty tv station, and host George Negus is an insufferably puffed-up, politically correct “celebrity” journalist with all the right opinions which, as you will see, he sees fit to pontificate on at any given opportunity.
This notwithstanding, the programme manages to give Geert Wilders quite a decent platform, and I am pleased to see that the interviewer and video journalist, during the “deconstruction” at the end of the segment, manages to stay reasonably neutral and fair on his subject.
Check the comments (115 at the moment of writing): 63 are supportive of Wilders, which in itself is surprising on such a “progressive” website, but check the “Agree” and “Disagree” icons! On the comments which are critical of Wilders up to 200+ people disagree …
Vlad Tepes has YouTubed the program in two parts. Part 1 is below (Warning: There is a small amount of profanity from a culture enricher near the end of this segment):
Our Flemish correspondent VH has also sent some translated material from the Dutch media on this topic, which will be posted later today with the second part of the video.
Here are a few points that struck me about Part 1:
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The undercurrent of violent threat. The title of this post is taken from what a young Dutch Muslim tells the interviewer near the end of this portion of the program. The producers of the documentary may not realize it, but clips like this make Geert Wilders’ case for him.
Despite all the feel-good multiculti sentiment, the fact remains that it is very common for Muslims in the Netherlands to threaten (and sometimes carry out) murder against politicians and other prominent people whose views about Islam they don’t like. Theo Van Gogh’s corpse lying on the sidewalk with a knife stuck in his chest has not been forgotten by the Dutch people, especially with young punks like the one in this video jogging their memories virtually every day. This is one of the main reasons for Geert Wilders’ success in the polls.
The sense of grievance. “No matter what you [Muslims] do, it’s never enough.” That’s what Fatima Lamkarat tells the interviewer. Despite being welcomed into one of the most affluent and tolerant nations on Earth, despite being housed in conditions that are palatial compared to their countries of origin, despite being handed generous welfare benefits and offered free high-quality education — despite all that, Muslim immigrants in the Netherlands are aggrieved. The Dutch people are just so mean to them.
Kitman. There is a large amount of dissembling by Muslims interviewed in this video. They talk about how well they behave, and therefore don’t deserve to be “kicked in the stomach” by the PVV.
There is no discussion of the persistent refusal of large numbers of immigrants to integrate. No one mentions the demands for special privileges, halal food, separate swimming for women, and all the other accommodations that Muslims require of their infidel hosts. No one refers to the exceptionally high crime rate among immigrants, or their attacks on Jews, homosexuals, and anyone else considered traditional prey for faithful Muslims.
None of these things are mentioned by the oh-so-benign Muslims featured in this video. But you can bet that ordinary Dutch people are well aware of them — as are most Australian viewers, who are all too familiar with the behavior of Muslims in certain culturally enriched areas of Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and other cities.
Muslims are thinking about leaving the Netherlands. The threat by aggrieved Muslims to leave the Netherlands is obviously intended to instill feelings of shame and regret in viewers. The makers of this program, however, may be so removed from the ordinary people who make up their audience that they don’t realize the thrill of hope that such declarations actually awaken in most viewers.
Without truly coercive measures, it’s unlikely that Dutch Muslims will actually carry through with their threat (promise) and shake the dust of the polders from their feet. Like so many other dishonest public statements, this one is designed to play on white guilt and manipulate their infidel hosts into taking back all their mean demands.
Still, I can imagine the average Dutch citizen standing up in front of the TV, pumping his fist into the air, and shouting “Ja!” when he hears these words.
And then he makes sure to vote for the PVV again in the next election.