Friday, May 11, 2012

Fjordman on Geert Wilders’ Book


Fjordman’s latest essay, “Geert Wilders: Marked for Death”, has just been published at FrontPage Mag. Some excerpts are below:

The courageous Dutch politician Geert Wilders released his book Marked for Death: Islam’s War Against the West and Me in May 2012. The foreword to this title was written by the eloquent Canadian-born political commentator and cultural critic Mark Steyn, who has a special talent for writing about serious topics in a humorous way. He has published several books and written essays for publications ranging from the Jerusalem Post and the Chicago Sun-Times to the National Review, The Australian and Canada’s National Post.

Steyn is honest enough to admit that when he was first asked to contribute to Wilders’ new book, his initial reaction was to say no. The main reason for this is the potentially high cost of being associated with a man who lives with constant death threats.

Yet, after taking a stroll in the woods, Mark Steyn felt ashamed at the ease with which he was caving in to the enemies of freedom, and decided to accept the offer after all. He recalled how the Canadian Islamic Congress boasted that their attempts by legal aggression to silence Steyn’s critical writings about Islam had cost his magazine substantial sums, and thereby attained their “strategic objective” of increasing the cost of publishing anti-Islamic material.

In the case of Geert Wilders, that cost is not merely limited to money. Despite being an elected Member of Parliament in what used to be one of Europe’s freest and most tolerant countries, he is regularly vilified by Western mass media. When trying to enter Britain, a nation that once was a champion of liberty, he was detained by plainclothes border guards on arrival at London’s Heathrow airport in February 2009 and deported from the country.

The democratic Dutch MP had been invited to the House of Lords, where Baroness Cox and Lord Pearson wanted to show his 17-minute Islam-critical film Fitna. The Home Office refused him entry on the grounds he “would threaten community security and therefore public security,” not because he threatened to use violence, but because Muslims might use it.

Lord Ahmed from the Labour Party, Britain’s first Muslim member of the House of Lords, the upper house of the British Parliament, pledged to bring a 10,000 strong force of angry Muslims to lay siege to Parliament. A spokesman for the Muslim Council of Britain claimed that Wilders has been an open and relentless preacher of “hate.” At the same time, London has become a notorious intentional center for Islamic militants, who spew hate on a daily basis.

Geert Wilders accused the Labour government of Prime Minister Gordon Brown of being “the biggest bunch of cowards in Europe.” He was later allowed entry to the UK, however. He was also put on trial in the Netherlands accused of criminally insulting religious and ethnic groups. Wilders was eventually found not guilty in 2011, but the entire process took several years.

As Mark Steyn puts it, “He is under round-the-clock guard because of explicit threats to murder him by Muslim extremists. Yet he’s the one who gets put on trial for incitement. In twenty-first century Amsterdam, you’re free to smoke marijuana and pick out a half-naked sex partner from the front window of her shop. But you can be put on trial for holding the wrong opinion about a bloke who died in the seventh century. And, although Mr. Wilders was eventually acquitted by his kangaroo court, the determination to place him beyond the pale is unceasing: ‘The far-right anti-immigration party of Geert Wilders’ (the Financial Times)… ‘Far-right leader Geert Wilders’ (the Guardian)… ‘Extreme right anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders’ (AFP) is ‘at the fringes of mainstream politics’ (Time). Mr. Wilders is so far out on the far-right extreme fringe that his party is the third biggest in parliament.”

Maybe those who are out on the fringe are the ones who think that disliking Islam is “far-right.”

Read the rest at FrontPage Mag.

For a complete archive of Fjordman’s writings, see the multi-index listing in the Fjordman Files.


Nick said...

I have an email saying that my order has been despatched, so I should have a copy of the book in a day or two.

Yorksh said...

Living as I do in Geert Wilders country Limburg I live about 30 miles south of Venlo where he comes from Press coverage is on the whole quiet mild that of course is because 30% voted for him in the last election and I expect that it will go up a few % in the next election. There was also a lot more interest in the court case as the main actors came from Limburg. The Prosecuting lawyer came from Heerlen. the Defence Bram Moszkowicz from maastricht, his father Max Moszkowicz was the only one of his family to survive Auschwitz arriving back in Limburg after the war he was brought up in a Catholic family and married into the Catholic faith. Limburg is over 90% catholic he is one of there own, the people here don't take too kindly to the Protestant Haag trying to manipulate the courts. Particularism is a concept that is very difficult to understand unless you have live in Europe and it is giving Geert a very strong base. He could certainly walk freely in the village where I live without fear for his life. Most of the criticism now is not from the Dutch. His position is central in dutch politics and the party is critical for any coalition now and in the future Mark Rutte the present Prime Minister is very circumspect in how he critizes Geert because he know that he might need the PVV to form a coalition after the next election and so do all the other parties. Geert has crossed the valley of death and is at the centre of the Politcal process. Personal attacks have lost there power, calling a politican a right wing fascist islamophobe is not going to win you any brownie points when you are the leader of the third largest party in Holland because that means that you are labelling 15% of the Dutch who voted for the party and Geert. It doesn't stop them of cause a rumour was spread that he was emigrating to the USA when he went over to publicise his book nothing more than wishful thinking on there part, and the people know it. While I detest the personal attacks I do not see them as a problem in the long run with the disintegration of the EU his position will only get stronger. However much certain politicians would like to see his personal protection done away with none are going to advocate it because they fully realize that they themselves might need it in the not too distant future. Geert is in a very stong position.

Anonymous said...

Not only has mister Wilders a strong voice about islam , now he begins to speak out against the mighty EU.

This fact could even be more dangerous to him then his visions on islam.

Nemesis said...

Yorksh....thank you for your very informative comment.

Anonymous said...


Question: If the politicians really fully realize that they might need protection in the near future, then what kind of madness is it for them to pursue policies that will bring that about? Just wondering and trying to understand their mind set.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said... 5

Question: If the politicians really fully realize that they might need protection in the near future, then what kind of madness is it for them to pursue policies that will bring that about? Just wondering and trying to understand their mind set.
5/11/2012 9:42 PM

Perhaps you should read the book 'The march of folly' by Barbara W. Tuchman.

Anonymous said...

This yorksh comment is absurd. Why mention the nature of religion in Limburg and the Hague. It is irrelevant. Yorksh is trying to insert some sectarian agenda which I find utterly revolting. Tolerance extends wider than the Muslim community, pal.

Anonymous said...

It's about time somebody starts reading history - from the Crusades to Spain's toss-out of the Muslims in 1492 to the battle of Lepanto to now... it's always the same. When is the world going to wake up?