What kind of “leaders” would those be? What kind of nation can afford to have “fearful leaders” in these trying times?
Leaders fear for Netherlands’ image as anti-Islam populist turns kingmaker
Ian Trainor, from The Guardian (of Muslims) fears along with these ‘fearful leaders’Â and sprays bile and venom at Wilders, in typical wanker fashion:
Geert Wilders’s plans to joins New York protests against Ground Zero mosque prompt confidential memo to diplomats
The Dutch government has launched a damage-limitation campaign to try to counter what it fears is the disastrous international impact of the Islam-bashing populist Geert Wilders.
Wilders, whose success in June’s general election catapulted him into the role of kingmaker in attempts to form a new coalition government, is to travel toÂ New York to take part in protests on 11 September against the proposed Muslim community centre near Ground Zero.
Maxime Verhagen, the acting foreign minister and Christian Democrats’ leader, has voiced fears that Wilders’s speech in New York will tarnish Dutch reputations. He has also taken the unusual step of circulating confidential orders to Dutch diplomats around the world on how to answer questions about Wilders’s influence in a new government and on the fallout for Muslims in theÂ Netherlands.
With characteristic robustness, Wilders has told Verhagen to mind his own business. He clearly intends to grab attention with a tub-thumping exercise in Islamophobia in New York.
“Good feeling. Important speech. No one will stop me. No mosque at Ground Zero,” he tweeted after booking a flight to New York. “Stop Islam, defend freedom” is his rallying cry.