Geert Wilders, unapologetic about comment. Â (Vlad Tepes)
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(Funny how no one is asking the South African government to apologize for chanting, ‘kill the white man’ dancing around with machine guns in front of the president. Or asking Zimbabwe to apologize for throwing out all the white farmers with no compensation. Or Saudi Arabia for having two cities where no non-muslims are even allowed to enter at all or practice their religion in any way within the country as a whole. But asking to reduce the number of immigrants who typically belong to a culture that is parasitical and seeks the destruction of the host nation, people and culture in Holland, somehow that warrants extreme contrition and prostrations)
Daniel Pipes: Â Hating Geert Wilders
In its frenzied loathing of the Netherlands’ most important politician, Geert Wilders, the Dutch press will do almost anything to attack him.
He’s now inÂ hot waterÂ for calling on a reduction in the number of Moroccans in the Netherlands. Tom-Jan Meeus of the leading newspaperÂ NRC HandelsbladÂ asked my opinion on this development. I wrote a response that both endorsed and criticized Wilders:
As is often the case, I disagree with Mr Wilders’ tactics while sympathizing with his goals. It is entirely understandable that the indigenous peoples of a country feel stress when large numbers of immigrants from an alien civilization, more than a few of them hostile, move in.
Wanting to bring this transfer of peoples under control is sensible – just as Moroccans feel when Dutch and other Europeans turn up in Marrakesh, just as a Dutch newspaper reported in 2010 (seeÂ http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2010/05/european-immigrants-in-marrakech). That said, I wish that Mr Wilders went about protesting this issue in a more cautious way.
Meeus devoted a whole article to this little response, “Amerikaanse geldschieter neemt afstand van Wilders,” which translates as “U.S. money-lender distances himself from Wilders.”
This title is inaccurate in two ways: First, the Middle East Forum Education Fund did not lend money to Wilders but paid his lawyer to cover his legal expenses. Second, I did not distance myself from Wilders here but merely reiterated long-standingÂ differences with him. In his article, Meeus also ignored my point that Moroccans likewise are uneager to have more Europeans live among them.
In brief,Â NRC HandelsbladÂ dropped the nuances of my response to recruit me as another voice against Wilders. Shame on it. (March 22, 2014)
Geert Wilders’s political opponents called on those who felt “insulted” by Wilders to press criminal charges against him. The police have facilitated such complaints by providing pre-filled “Wilders forms” and offering to come to people’s homes if they intend to press charges, rather than having them come to the police station as is normal. The aim is clearly to bog Wilders down in costly court court cases, perhaps for years.
Smear campaigns are currently going on against Nigel Farage and Geert Wilders, Europe’s two most outspoken defendants of national sovereignty. The reason is obvious: the upcoming elections for the European Parliament on May 22ndÂ and May 25th. In these elections, the citizens of the 28 member states of the European Union [EU] will decide whether or not they want to see their nation-states evaporate into a sort of United States of Europe ruled by the unelected, unaccountable and untransparent EU bureaucracy in Brussels.
The European political elite is trying to transform the EU, which started in 1957 as a vehicle for free trade and economic cooperation, intoÂ one Union to rule them allÂ – a genuine pan-European state. This transformation process has been going on for decades, despite the clear opposition in many ancient European nations, whose people refuse to be reduced to provinces of a supra-national superstate.
Early last week, opinion polls in Austria, France, Denmark, Britain, the Netherlands and other countries, reaffirmed that parties opposing the EU project are set to become the biggest winners in May. However, while many of these parties want a less ambitious EU, two parties in particular – the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) in Britain and the Party for Freedom (PVV) in the Netherlands – advocate a downright exit of their respective nations from the EU. UKIP and the PVV are convinced that the very nature of the EU is flawed. Indeed, according to its 1957 preamble, the EU’s purpose is the forging of “an ever closer union” between its member states.
In hisÂ speech at UKIP’s party conference, last February 28th, Nigel Farage called his party “the patriotic fightback” and emphasized the importance of the coming elections. “This is it, this is the big one for UKIP,” he said. With a predicted 30% of the votes, UKIP would becomeÂ Britain’s largest party, defeating Labour with 28% and the governing Conservatives with 21%. Farage warned his supporters, however, that the entire establishment, the major political parties, the media, the trade unions, and even some big banks and multinationals, will try to do everything to prevent UKIP from winning.
And, indeed, barely two weeks after his speech, the British media were depicting Mr. Farage as an entirely untrustworthy fellow. It was alleged that he had an extramarital affair with his spokeswoman. These malicious stories, though spread by the woman who had earlier been passed over for the very job of UKIP spokesperson, were eagerly printed by the media. Some papers pontificated that Farage’s love life would beÂ his undoing at May’s Euro elections.
In other stories, UKIP wasÂ describedÂ as a “freak show,” its headquarters in London as a “zoo” where people bring animals into the office, take their clothes off and have sex on their minds instead of politics. The smear campaign was successful to the effect that it forced Farage’s spokeswoman, in an attempt “to get her life back,” toÂ quit her jobÂ in the middle of UKIP’s most important electoral campaign ever. The smear campaign, however, disgustedÂ The Guardian, a leftist newspaper otherwise fiercely critical of UKIP, so much thatÂ it wrote: “You don’t have to be a fan of Nigel Farage to object to this style of politics. It’s personal, lowest common denominator, play-the-man-not-the-ball nonsense.”
The anti-Farage smear campaign, however, is nothing compared with the smear campaign currently going on against PVV leader Geert Wilders in The Netherlands. At first this campaign was strikingly similar to the one against Farage, with stories of an alleged affair of Wilders with his pretty former press secretary. It turned nastier early last week when aÂ video clipÂ was released of a Dutch rapper of Moroccan origin, showing a Wilders lookalike being abducted by armed men, forced to kneel before an al-Qaeda flag and being executed. Mr. Wilders, who is at the top of an al-Qaeda hit list for his criticism of Islam, has been living under constant police protection for almost ten years.
|A Geert Wilders lookalike is about to be executed by jihadists in this still image captured from a music video by Dutch-Moroccan rapper Hozny.|
But the dirt really hit the fan last Wednesday after a PVV rally for the Dutch municipal elections in The Hague, where Wilders said that he wanted “fewer Moroccans.” In The Hague, as in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, non-Western immigrants – mostly Moroccans – already make up over one-third of the population, and almost half of the population under 21 years of age. Moreover, Moroccan criminality is a huge problem in the Netherlands.
Moroccans top the Dutch crimeÂ statistics. They are 5 times more involved in vandalism, 6 times more in violence, and 22 times more in robbery than indigenous Dutch. Two years ago, Diederik Samsom, leader of the governing Labour Party, said that Moroccans have an “ethnic monopoly on trouble” in the Netherlands. They are also overrepresented among those who live on welfare benefits. As the cost to the Dutch taxpayer of accommodating the number of Moroccans is enormous, the PVV has proposed to reduce these numbers by adopting three measures. First, stopping all immigration from Islamic countries. Second, promoting voluntary repatriation. And third, depriving criminals with dual nationality of their Dutch nationality and sending them back to the country of their other nationality.
These proposals have been on the PVV party platform for years, but led to an outburst of indignation when Wilders asked his followers three questions at Wednesday’s party. He asked them whether they wanted to have less or more Brussels, less or more Labour Party and fewer or more Moroccans.
Media outlets at once compared Wilders toÂ Nazi leadersÂ such as Hitler and Goebbels. Schools began to issue guidelines to instruct pupils on how toÂ deal with Wilders. His political opponents, including Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten demanded that WildersÂ retract his statementsÂ or face serious political and judicial consequences. They called on those who felt “insulted” by Wilders to press criminal charges of discrimination against him. The police have facilitated such complaints byÂ providing pre-filled “Wilders forms”and offering toÂ come to people’s homesÂ if they intend to press criminal charges, rather than having them come to the police station, as is the normal procedure. The aim clearly is to bog the politician Wilders down in costly court cases for weeks and months, perhaps even years, to come.
People who attended Wilders’s rallyÂ have received threatsÂ and local PVV politicians supporting their party leader also hadÂ charges pressed against them. The pressure against other PVV politicians and their families has led to the departure of two of the 14 PVV parliamentarians, one of the four PVV members of the European Parliament, and several provincial and municipal councilors.
Last Saturday, 5,000 people demonstrated against Wilders in Amsterdam. The Amsterdam mayor, a member of the Labour Party, led the demonstrators who shouted: “We are all Moroccans.” Some of the demonstrators wereÂ carryingÂ theÂ black al-Qaida flag. Others carried slogans such as “Wilders hond van Israel“, which literally means “Wilders dog of Israel.” Calling someone a dog is an Islamic insult.
On Sunday morning, Dutch state television broadcasted aÂ church serviceÂ against Wilders. AnÂ opinion pollreleased on Sunday, showed that the affair has cost Wilders his leading position in the polls. The biggest Dutch party is now the Liberal Democratic Party, which is fervently pro-EU. A sigh of relief can be heard in Brussels.