A friend of mine (and a journalist) from Holland sent me this. Echoes of some of the irrational speech that is passing for political talk in the US today. First there is the text of an email from some concerned Dutch journalists that cites facts about Holland and its Muslim population, then the text of the irresponsible Geert Wilders, a member of the Dutch Parliament. Wilders is practicing the technique that Hitler perfected, the Big Lie, repeated over and over. Responsible journalists need to be reporting on the facts over and over, to put the lie to charismatic speakers who propagandize without reference to facts. See http://pewforum.org/Muslim/Muslim-Networks-and-Movements-in-Western-Europe.aspx
From our friend John Bokina we received the speech of our right wing extremist politician Geert Wilders with some worrying remarks underneath it. We, media researchers at the Free University of Amsterdam and the Netherlands News Monitor, like to respond on this.
There is no sense denying that there are problems with Moroccan youth who call people names, and attack gays. However, we also have problems with Dutch, Surinam, Polish, and other foreign youth who drink too much, are rude and are criminal. Fanatical protestants are no less anti-gay (and anti-woman) than Muslim extremist, and in both cases form a very small portion of their respective community: 93% of Dutch Muslims can be characterized as “moderate” according to a study by Gallup in 2010.
It is ridiculous to think that schools or other public places accept the sharia or eat halal food in order ‘not to offend the islam’. The Netherlands has a vibrant school system where public and publicly funded denominational (christian, Montessori, …) schools co-exist, allowing parents to choose a school that fits their principles.
There is currently NO “Islamic” mass immigration. The number of immigrants from Muslim countries decreased tremendously the last years. If there was an increase in immigration it came from we saw from eastern EU countries because of free movement and labor within the EU, the majority of whom are Christian. In total we have 1 million Muslims in the Netherlands, with a total population of 16,5 million, and most of these Muslims are (descendants of) invited labor in the fifties and sixties. When we had a labor shortage, we invited Turkish and Moroccan men (mostly) to come over here to work. We stimulated these people to come and funded their migration.
The liberties that Wilders talks so grandiloquently about and are enshrined in our constitution include non-discrimination, freedom of the press, and freedom of religion. These are the same rights that Wilders wants to deny a large number of Dutch citizens, by discriminating them based on religion and the country their (grand)parents came from; by forbidding their books; and by denying them the right to build religious houses, hold services, and express their religious opinions in public while staying within the bounds of the law.
Wilders has 15% of the votes in Holland and received this with a brilliant communication strategy that started the moment he resigned as member of the Conservative Liberal Party (VVD). This latter party is now the biggest in Holland and Rutte is the prime minister now. The party is to Dutch standards right wing conservative. Anyway, in 2004 Wilders started his own party (Party for Freedom) and got 6% of the votes with his rhetoric about a ‘tsunami of islamization’. During that election only 25% of the voters thought of his party when mentioning the issue of immigration and Integration (most people thought of the VVD by that time). However, continuing on only that issue and repeating over and over the problems concerning islam (mass immigration, a ban on the Koran, a tax on a head scarf for ruing the public space when wearing such a ‘head rag’) made that in 2010 almost 90% of the voters thought of PVV when the word Immigration/integration was mentioned. And for 10% of the voters the fear for Muslims was the reason to vote for the party they voted for : PVV.
Currently, Wilders has 15% of the vote in the Netherlands, and is a parliamentary supporter of the conservative government. He reached this level through beating the anti-immigrant drum over and over again. Interestingly, most of his voters never even met a Muslim. The towns and provinces where he receives most votes (e.g. Limburg, Volendam) are especially those places where there are no immigrants but instead lots of trouble with local (“white”) youth. They prefer to blame distant ‘foreigners’ rather than face their own problems.
Wilders is an excellent speaker who in a natural way knows to provoke politicians and journalists in such a way that he creates constant media attention. With the same message wrapped in new packaging he feeds the sentiment of fear that reigns among a number of Dutch. He blames a scapegoat for the cultural and economic uncertainty caused by globalization, secularization, and the recent crisis. He uses this fear to get more power for himself and to give away the very liberties that he says he is fighting for. We sincerely hope our fellow Americans, with more experience of the benefits migrants can bring to a country, will know better.
Wouter van Atteveldt
ps. We hope you send this email to the people you received Wilders’ speech from.
Here is the disturbing text of Geert Wilders speech. He is a Member of the Dutch Parliament:
Might have been around before, but everyone should refresh one’s memory.
This Will Give You Cold Chills!?Geert Wilders is a Member of the Dutch Parliament.
In a generation or two, the US will ask itself: “Who lost Europe ?” Here is the speech of Geert Wilders, Chairman, Party for Freedom the Netherlands, at the Four Seasons in New York , introducing an Alliance of Patriots and announcing the Facing Jihad Conference in Jerusalem .
Dear friends,?Thank you very much for inviting me.??I come to America with a mission. All is not well in the old world. There is a tremendous danger looming, and it is very difficult to be optimistic. We might be in the final stages of the Islamization of Europe. This not only is a clear and present danger to the future of Europe itself, it is a threat to America and the sheer survival of the West. The United States as the last bastion of Western civilization, facing an Islamic Europe.??First, I will describe the situation on the ground in Europe. Then, I will say a few things about Islam. To close I will tell you about a meeting in Jerusalem .??The Europe you know is changing.??You have probably seen the landmarks. But in all of these cities, sometimes a few blocks away from your tourist destination, there is another world. It is the world of the parallel society created by Muslim mass-migration.??All throughout Europe a new reality is rising: entire Muslim neighborhoods where very few indigenous people reside or are even seen. And if they are, they might regret it. This goes for the police as well. It’s the world of head scarves, where women walk around in figureless tents, with baby strollers and a group of children. Their husbands, or slaveholders if you prefer, walk three steps ahead. With mosques on many street corners. The shops have signs you and I cannot read. You will be hard-pressed to find any economic activity. These are Muslim ghettos controlled by religious fanatics. These are Muslim neighborhoods, and they are mushrooming in every city across Europe. These are the building-blocks for territorial control of increasingly larger portions of Europe , street by street, neighborhood by neighborhood, city by city.??There are now thousands of mosques throughout Europe. With larger congregations than there are in churches. And in every European city there are plans to build super-mosques that will dwarf every church in the region. Clearly, the signal is: we rule.??Many European cities are already one-quarter Muslim: just take Amsterdam , Marseille and Malmo in Sweden. In many cities the majority of the under-18 population is Muslim. Paris is now surrounded by a ring of Muslim neighborhoods. Mohammed is the most popular name among boys in many cities.??In some elementary schools in Amsterdam the farm can no longer be mentioned, because that would also mean mentioning the pig, and that would be an insult to Muslims.??Many state schools in Belgium and Denmark only serve halal food to all pupils. In once-tolerant Amsterdam gays are beaten up almost exclusively by Muslims. Non-Muslim women routinely hear ‘whore, whore’. Satellite dishes are not pointed to local TV stations, but to stations in the country of origin.??In France school teachers are advised to avoid authors deemed offensive to Muslims, including Voltaire and Diderot; the same is increasingly true of Darwin. The history of the Holocaust can no longer be taught because of Muslim sensitivity.??In England sharia courts are now officially part of the British legal system. Many neighborhoods in France are no-go areas for women without head scarves. Last week a man almost died after being beaten up by Muslims in Brussels , because he was drinking during the Ramadan.??Jews are fleeing France in record numbers, on the run for the worst wave of anti-Semitism since World War II. French is now commonly spoken on the streets of Tel Aviv and Netanya, Israel. I could go on forever with stories like this. Stories about Islamization.??A total of fifty-four million Muslims now live. San Diego University recently calculated that a staggering 25 percent of the population in Europe will be Muslim just 12 years from now. Bernhard Lewis has predicted a Muslim majority by the end of this century.??Now these are just numbers. And the numbers would not be threatening if the Muslim-immigrants had a strong desire to assimilate. But there are few signs of that. The Pew Research Center reported that half of French Muslims see their loyalty to Islam as greater than their loyalty to France. One-third of French Muslims do not object to suicide attacks. The British Centre for Social Cohesion reported that one-third of British Muslim students are in favor of a worldwide caliphate. Muslims demand what they call ‘respect’. And this is how we give them respect. We have Muslim official state holidays.??The Christian-Democratic attorney general is willing to accept sharia in the Netherlands if there is a Muslim majority. We have cabinet members with passports from Morocco and Turkey .??Muslim demands are supported by unlawful behavior, ranging from petty crimes and random violence, for example against ambulance workers and bus drivers, to small-scale riots. Paris has seen its uprising in the low-income suburbs, the banlieus. I call the perpetrators ‘settlers’. Because that is what they are. They do not come to integrate into our societies; they come to integrate our society into their Dar-al-Islam. Therefore, they are settlers.??Much of this street violence I mentioned is directed exclusively against non-Muslims, forcing many native people to leave their neighborhoods, their cities, their countries. Moreover, Muslims are now a swing vote not to be ignored.??The second thing you need to know is the importance of Mohammed the prophet. His behavior is an example to all Muslims and cannot be criticized. Now, if Mohammed had been a man of peace, let us say like Ghandi and Mother Theresa wrapped in one, there would be no problem. But Mohammed was a warlord, a mass murderer, a pedophile, and had several marriages – at the same time. Islamic tradition tells us how he fought in battles, how he had his enemies murdered and even had prisoners of war executed. Mohammed himself slaughtered the Jewish tribe of Banu Qurayza. If it is good for Islam, it is good. If it is bad for Islam, it is bad.??Let no one fool you about Islam being a religion. Sure, it has a god, and a here-after, and 72 virgins. But in its essence Islam is a political ideology. It is a system that lays down detailed rules for society and the life of every person. Islam wants to dictate every aspect of life. Islam means ‘submission’. Islam is not compatible with freedom and democracy, because what it strives for is sharia. If you want to compare Islam to anything, compare it to communism or national-socialism, these are all totalitarian ideologies.??Now you know why Winston Churchill called Islam ‘the most retrograde force in the world’, and why he compared Mein Kampf to the Quran. The public has wholeheartedly accepted the Palestinian narrative, and sees Israel as the aggressor. I have lived in this country and visited it dozens of times. I support Israel. First, because it is the Jewish homeland after two thousand years of exile up to and including Auschwitz; second because it is a democracy, and third because Israel is our first line of defense.??This tiny country is situated on the fault line of jihad, frustrating Islam’s territorial advance. Israel is facing the front lines of jihad, like Kashmir, Kosovo, the Philippines , Southern Thailand, Darfur in Sudan , Lebanon , and Aceh in Indonesia. Israel is simply in the way. The same way West-Berlin was during the Cold War.??The war against Israel is not a war against Israel . It is a war against the West. It is jihad. Israel is simply receiving the blows that are meant for all of us. If there would have been no Israel , Islamic imperialism would have found other venues to release its energy and its desire for conquest. Thanks to Israeli parents who send their children to the army and lay awake at night, parents in Europe and America can sleep well and dream, unaware of the dangers looming.??Many in Europe argue in favor of abandoning Israel in order to address the grievances of our Muslim minorities. But if Israel were, God forbid, to go down, it would not bring any solace to the West It would not mean our Muslim minorities would all of a sudden change their behavior, and accept our values. On the contrary, the end of Israel would give enormous encouragement to the forces of Islam. They would, and rightly so, see the demise of Israel as proof that the West is weak, and doomed. The end of Israel would not mean the end of our problems with Islam, but only the beginning. It would mean the start of the final battle for world domination. If they can get Israel , they can get everything. So-called journalists volunteer to label any and all critics of Islamization as a ‘right-wing extremists’ or ‘racists’. In my country, the Netherlands , 60 percent of the population now sees the mass immigration of Muslims as the number one policy mistake since World War II. And another 60 percent sees Islam as the biggest threat. Yet there is a greater danger than terrorist attacks, the scenario of America as the last man standing. The lights may go out in Europe faster than you can imagine. An Islamic Europe means a Europe without freedom and democracy, an economic wasteland, an intellectual nightmare, and a loss of military might for America – as its allies will turn into enemies, enemies with atomic bombs. With an Islamic Europe, it would be up to America alone to preserve the heritage of Rome , Athens and Jerusalem …??Dear friends, liberty is the most precious of gifts. My generation never had to fight for this freedom, it was offered to us on a silver platter, by people who fought for it with their lives. All throughout Europe , American cemeteries remind us of the young boys who never made it home, and whose memory we cherish. My generation does not own this freedom; we are merely its custodians. We can only hand over this hard won liberty to Europe ‘s children in the same state in which it was offered to us. We cannot strike a deal with mullahs and imams. Future generations would never forgive us. We cannot squander our liberties. We simply do not have the right to do so.??We have to take the necessary action now to stop this Islamic stupidity from destroying the free world that we know.??Please take the time to read and understand what is written here, Please send it to every free person that you know, it is so very important.