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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Speech in New York by Geert Wilders


Geert Wilders


This morning, I received the below speech by Geert Wilders from a friend via e-mail. I have decided to post it here since I have followed Mr Wilders for quite some time. For those who don't know him, Wilders is a Dutch politician who has been very outspoken regarding the spread of radical Islamic elements in the Netherlands and other European countries. Most recently, he produced a short film entitled "Fitna", which is quite critical of radical Islam and Shariah law. As a result, Wilders has stirred controversy in the Netherlands, and anger in the Muslim world. Some quarters in the Muslim world have attempted to force the Netherlands to censor the film and have called for Wilders' arrest and prosecution. It goes without saying that Wilders now has to live under heavy security for fear of assassination.

Being one who has lived in Europe for 8 years of my life and continues to go back often, my personal wish would be that the Muslim inhabitants of European countries could assimilate into the popluations of the host countries and live in harmony with the local population. I am particularly mindful of the large Turkish population in Germany, a people who have traditionally practiced a moderate form of Islam. I have been to Turkey twice, and I genuinely like the people. Having spent so much time in Germany, I am well aware of the history of the Turkish immigrants in that country. Their presence in Germany over tha past couple of generations has been rocky, and it is not all their fault. They have experienced real discrimination over the years.

Nevertheless, after considering these factors, I have decided to post Mr Wilders' speech because I believe that the problem in Europe is severe-much more so than here since, contrary to Europe, Muslim immigrants in the US have generally been more educated and thus better able to assimilate. (I still see a lot of growing radicalization on the part of younger US Muslims-especially in the universities.) With few exceptions, Europe's Muslims, mostly all working-class, have not assimilated into European societies.

As for Europe, Wilders words-though sometimes inflammatory- describe a serious problem facing most European countries. His words should be heard and considered. I also firmly believe that we should never buckle under to threats and intimidation when we question or criticize this movement, a large segment of which has declared war on the West and the non-Muslim world.

So here are the words of Geert Wilders. Judge for yourselves.

"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, New York, introducing an Alliance of Patriots and announcing the Facing Jihad Conference in Jerusalem. The speech was sponsored by the Hudson Institute on September 25.

"Dear friends, Thank you very much for inviting me. Great to be at the Four Seasons. I come from a country that has one season only:20a rainy season that starts January 1st and ends December 31st. When we have three sunny days in a row, the government declares a national emergency. So Four Seasons, that’s new to me.

It’s great to be in New York. When I see the skyscrapers and office buildings, I think of what Ayn Rand said: “The sky over New York and the will of man made visible.” Of course. Without the Dutch you would have been nowhere, still figuring out how to buy this island from the Indians. But we are glad we did it for you. And, frankly, you did a far better job than we possibly could have done.

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 danger I see looming is the scenario of America as the last man standing. The United States as the last bastion of Western civilization, facing an Islamic Europe . In a generation or two, the US will ask itself: who lost Europe ? Patriots from around Europe risk their lives every day to prevent precisely this scenario form becoming a reality.

My short lecture consists of 4 parts.

First I will describe the situation on the ground in Europe . Then, I will say a few things about Islam. Thirdly, if you are still here, I will talk a little bit about the movie you just saw. To close I will tell you about a meeting in Jerusalem .

The Europe you know is changing. You have probably seen the landmarks. The Eiffel Tower and Trafalgar Square and Rome ’s ancient buildings and maybe the canals of Amsterdam. They are still there. And they still look very much the same as they did a hundred years ago.

But in all of these cities, sometimes a few blocks away from your tourist destination, there is another world, a world very few visitors see – and one that does not appear in your tourist guidebook. It is the world of the parallel society created by Muslim mass-migration. All throughout Europe a new reality is rising: entire Muslim neighbourhoods 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 corner. The shops have signs you and I cannot read. You will be hard-pressed to find any economic activity. These are Muslim ghettos controll ed by religious fanatics. These are Muslim neighbourhoods, 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, neighbourhood by neighbourhood, 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 neighbourhoods. 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 in many cases no longer be taught because of Muslim sensitivity. In England sharia courts are now officially part of the British legal system. Many neighbourhoods 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 in Europe . 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 the ir 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 favour of a worldwide cal ip hate. A Dutch study reported that half of Dutch Muslims admit they “understand” the 9/11 attacks.

Muslims demand what they call ‘respect’. And this is how we give them respect. Our elites are willing to give in. To give up. In my own country we have gone from calls by one cabinet member to turn Muslim holidays into official state holidays, to statements by another cabinet member, that Islam is part of Dutch culture, to an affirmation by the Christian-Democratic attorney general that he 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 behaviour, 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. Some prefer to see these as isolated incidents, but I call it a Muslim intifada. I call the perpetrators “settlers”. Because that is what they are. They do not come to integrate into our societies, they come t o 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 neighbourhoods, their cities, their countries.

Politicians shy away from taking a stand against this creeping sharia. They believe in the equality of all cultures. Moreover, on a mundane level, Muslims are now a swing vote not to be ignored.

Our many problems with Islam cannot be explained by poverty, repression or the European colonial past, as the Left claims. Nor does it have anything to do with Palestinians or American troops in Iraq. The problem is Islam itself.

Allow me to give you a brief Islam 101. The first thing you need to know about Islam is the importance of the book of the Quran. The Quran is Allah’s personal word, revealed by an angel to Mohammed, the prophet. This is where the trouble starts. Every word in the Quran is Allah’s word and therefore not open to discussion or interpretation. It is valid for every Muslim and for all times. Therefore, there is no such a thing as moderate Islam. Sure, there are a lot of moderate Muslims. But a moderate Islam is non-existent.

The Quran calls for hatred, violence, submission, murder, and terrorism. The Quran calls for Muslims to kill non-Muslims, to terrorize non-Muslims and to fulfil their duty to wage war: violent jihad. Jihad is a duty for every Muslim, Islam is to rule the world – by the sword. The Quran is clearly anti-Semitic, describing Jews as monkeys and pigs.

The second thing you need to know is the importance of Mohammed the prophet. His behaviour 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. He advised on matters of slavery, but never advised to liberate slaves. Islam has no other morality than the advancement of Islam. If it is good for Islam, it is good. If it is bad for Islam, it is bad. There is no gray area or other side.

Quran as Allah’s own word and Mohammed as the perfect man are the two most important facets of Islam. Let no one fool you about Islam being a religion. Sur e, 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.

This is what you need to know about Islam, in order to understand what is going on in Europe . For millions of Muslims the Quran and the live of Mohammed are not 14 centuries old, but are an everyday reality, an ideal, that guide every aspect of their lives. Now you know why Winston Churchill called Islam “the most retrograde force in the world”, and why he compared Mein Kampf to the Quran.
Which brings me to my movie, Fitna.

I am a lawmaker, and not a movie maker. But I felt I had the moral duty to educate about Islam. The duty to make clear that the Quran stands at the heart of what some people call terrorism but is in reality jihad. I wanted to show that the problems of Islam are at the core of Islam, and do not belong to its fringes.

Now, from the day the plan for my movie was made public, it caused quite a stir, in the Netherlands and throughout Europe. First, there was a political storm, with government leaders, across the continent in sheer panic. The Netherlands was put under a heightened terror alert, because of possible attacks or a revolt by our Muslim population. The Dutch branch of the Islamic organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir declared that the Netherlands was due for an attack. Internationally, there was a series of incidents. The Taliban threatened to organize additional attacks against Dutch troops in Afghanistan, and a website linked to Al Qaeda published the message that I ought to be killed, while various muftis in the Middle East stated that I would be responsible for all the bloodshed after the screening of the movie. In Afghanistan and Pakistan the Dutch flag was burned on several occasions. Dolls representing me were also burned. The Indonesian President announced that I will never be admitted into Indonesia again, while the UN Secretary General and the European Union issued cowardly statements in the same vein as those made by the Dutch Government. I could go on and on. It was an absolute disgrace, a sell-out.

A plethora of legal troubles also followed, and have not ended yet. Currently the state of Jordan is litigating against me. Only last week there were renewed security agency reports about a heightened terror alert for the Netherlands because of Fitna.

Now, I would like to say a few things about Israel. Because, very soon, we will get together in its capital. The best way for a politician in Europe to lose votes is to say something positive about Israel . The public has wholeheartedly accepted the Palestinian narrative, and sees Israel as the aggressor. I, however, will continue to speak up for Israel. I see defending Israel as a matter of principle. 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.

Samuel Huntington writes it so aptly: “Islam has bloody borders”. Israel is located precisely on that border. 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 Philip pines, 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. Therefore, it is not that the West has a stake in Israel. It is Israel.

It is very difficult to be an optimist in the face of the growing Islamization of Europe. All the tides are against us. On all fronts we are losing. Demographically the momentum is with Islam. Muslim immigration is even a source of pride within ruling liberal parties. Academia, the arts, the media, trade unions, the churches, the business world, the entire political establishment have all converted to the suicidal theory of multiculturalism. So-called journalists volunteer to label any and all critics of Islamization as a ‘right-wing extremists’ or ‘racists’. The entire establishment has sided with our enemy. Leftists, liberals and Christian-Democrats are now all in bed with Islam.

This is the most painful thing to see: the betrayal by our elites. At this moment in Europe’s history, our elites are supposed to lead us. To stand up for centuries of civilization. To defend our heritage. To honour our eternal Judeo-Christian values that made Europe what it is today. But there are very few signs of hope to be seen at the governmental level. Sarkozy, Merkel, Brown, Berlusconi; in private, they probably know how grave the situation is. But when the little red light goes on, they stare into the camera and tell us that Islam is a religion of peace, and we should all try to get along nicely and sing Kumbaya. They willingly partic ip ate in, what President Reagan so aptly called: “the betrayal of our past, the squandering of our freedom.”

If there is hope in Europe, it comes from the people, not from the elites. Change can only come from a grass-roots level. It has to come from the citizens themselves. Yet these patriots will have to take on the entire political, legal and media establishment.

Over the past years there have been some small, but encouraging, signs of a rebirth of the original European spirit. Maybe the elites turn their backs on freedom, the public does not. 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 to our national identity. I don’t think the public opinion in Holland is very different from other European countries.

Patriotic parties that oppose jihad are growing, against all odds. My own party debuted two years ago, with five percent of the vote. Now it stands at ten percent in the polls. The same is true of all smililary-minded parties in Europe. They are fighting the liberal establishment, and are gaining footholds on the political arena, one voter at the time.

Now, for the first time, these patriotic parties will come together and exchange experiences. It may be the start of something big. Something that might change the map of Europe for decades to come. It might also be Europe’s last chance.

This December a conference will take place in Jerusalem . Thanks to Professor Aryeh Eldad, a member of Knesset, we will be able to watch Fitna in the Knesset building and discuss the jihad. We are organizing this event in Israel to emphasize the fact that we are all in the same boat together, and that Israel is part of our common heritage. Those attending will be a select audience. No racist organizations will be allowed. And we will only admit parties that are solidly democratic.

This conference will be the start of an Alliance of European patriots. This Alliance will serve as the backbone for all organizations and political parties that oppose jihad and Islamization. For this Alliance I seek your support.

This endeavor may be crucial to America and to the West. America may hold fast to the dream that, thanks to its location, it is safe from jihad and shaira. But seven years ago to the day, there was still smoke rising from ground zero, following the attacks that forever shattered that dream. Yet there is a danger even 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.

This is not the first time our civilization is under threat. We have seen dangers before. We have been betrayed by our elites before. They have sided with our enemies before. And yet, then, freedom prevailed.

These are not times in which to take lessons from appeasement, capitulation, giving away, giving up or giving in. These are not times in which to draw lessons from Mr. Chamberlain. These are times calling us to draw lessons from Mr. Churchill and the words he spoke in 1942:

“Never give in, never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy”.""

10 comments:

Lance Christian Johnson said...

I realize that you have no intention of seeing the film, (see the review on my blog if you're at least mildly curious about it) but Bill Maher interviewed this guy for Religulous, the point being that in some European countries (like the Netherlands) they are trying so hard to be tolerant that they're tolerating intolerance.

I honestly don't think that the U.S. will follow the same route - mainly because our history is so different from theirs. I still believe that the First Ammendment is the key to making sure that things don't get like that though.

Gary Fouse said...

lance,

I don't know if you have ever been to The Netherlands, but I have many times-both for vacation and work (with Dutch cops).

Their tolerance is a reaction to the Nazi occupation and is understandable, but it has created a really screwed-up country in my view.

Now they are paying the price for their "tolerance". They forgot that some things are intolerable. Geert Wilders, a voice in the wilderness, is trying to remind them of that fact.

Bryan said...

I don't feel like reading his whole spiel right now, but from what I've read about the man, he appears to be a hate-monger who enjoys fueling anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiments. He assumes that Judeo-Christian religion is inherently superior to Islam. What does he even base this assumption on? Has he ever read the Old Testament (the "Jewish Bible")? I have. It's full of massacres, bloodshed, killing in the name of God. I don't believe in assimilation. I believe in cultural relativism for the most part. In other words, I don't think one cultural is inherently "better" than the other. They're just different. That's not to say that there aren't unjust practices in some cultures. In fact, there are in ALL cultures. If Muslims eventually become the majority in the Netherlands or any other country, so be it. I don't mind, so long as the society is still a free and peaceful one.

According to the CIA (I just looked this up), only 5.8% of the people in the Netherlands are Muslim. Yet this man wants to create a false sense of "invasion," whining that there might some day be more Mosques than Churches. And this is from a guy who also claims he is not religious. Give me a break.

Gary Fouse said...

"If Muslims eventually become the majority in the Netherlands or any other country, so be it. I don't mind, so long as the society is still a free and peaceful one."

Bryan,

It won't be.

"I don't believe in assimilation. I believe in cultural relativism for the most part. In other words, I don't think one cultural is inherently "better" than the other. They're just different."

That is true, but for me, I believe in immigration, but with the understanding on the part of the immigrants that assimilation will take place normally over generations-and should. The decision to maintain the old language etc. and traditions is a family one. Those who don't assimilate, even while maintaining old traditions and language, will be losers. As for Muslims, while they are pretty well assimilated here professionally and economically, there seems to be a resistance to assimilating further when it comes to religion. I don't know if you have noticed, but Asian-Americans-who are well assimilated, have a high rate of intermarriage and also conversion to Christianity.

But with the decision to move to another country, there has to be some accommodation to the values and norms of that country. While being a multi-cultural nation makes us more interesting, I don't want to see us divided into competing tribes who don't socialize and don't trust each other.

My own family is a case in point. My wife immigrated to this country with her family over 40 years ago. Her father is now the patriarch of a 4 generation family that is well assimilated in every way-even while holding onto the Mexican-American identity. As each generation comes, the level of Spanish has declined. This may be off-topic, but I fear that those who come here illegally are having a harder time assimilating. Their kids are at a disadvantage in school-at least initially. The result we see is a lot of kids going into gangs.

Full assimilation, in my view, takes at least one generation-for each family. Meanwhile, thousands more are arriving each day and assimilation will never catch up.

But you and I are not in agreement on assimilation, so I'll stop there.

Gary Fouse said...

"If Muslims eventually become the majority in the Netherlands or any other country, so be it. I don't mind, so long as the society is still a free and peaceful one."

Bryan,

It won't be.

"I don't believe in assimilation. I believe in cultural relativism for the most part. In other words, I don't think one cultural is inherently "better" than the other. They're just different."

That is true, but for me, I believe in immigration, but with the understanding on the part of the immigrants that assimilation will take place normally over generations-and should. The decision to maintain the old language etc. and traditions is a family one. Those who don't assimilate, even while maintaining old traditions and language, will be losers. As for Muslims, while they are pretty well assimilated here professionally and economically, there seems to be a resistance to assimilating further when it comes to religion. I don't know if you have noticed, but Asian-Americans-who are well assimilated, have a high rate of intermarriage and also conversion to Christianity.

But with the decision to move to another country, there has to be some accommodation to the values and norms of that country. While being a multi-cultural nation makes us more interesting, I don't want to see us divided into competing tribes who don't socialize and don't trust each other.

My own family is a case in point. My wife immigrated to this country with her family over 40 years ago. Her father is now the patriarch of a 4 generation family that is well assimilated in every way-even while holding onto the Mexican-American identity. As each generation comes, the level of Spanish has declined. This may be off-topic, but I fear that those who come here illegally are having a harder time assimilating. Their kids are at a disadvantage in school-at least initially. The result we see is a lot of kids going into gangs.

Full assimilation, in my view, takes at least one generation-for each family. Meanwhile, thousands more are arriving each day and assimilation will never catch up.

But you and I are not in agreement on assimilation, so I'll stop there.

Ingrid said...

Gary, I have told Lance about this subject over a year ago and he pretty much called me paranoid. I live in Germany, I see what is happening. Bryan is very naive about believing that a Muslim society is free and peaceful. I lived in Iran albeit under the rule of the Shah, but Muslim just the same. No personal freedom there. Germany, like Holland, is tolerant because of it's history. Germans are afraid to speak out against anything because they don't want to be called Neonazis. What they think is another matter, but they won't stand up for their beliefs anymore. As long as the West supports Israel, right or wrong, the Muslims will march on and take over.

PS Does McCain really believe that Iran would drop a nuclear bomb on Israel? The fallout would surely hurt them too. Are they really that dumb? Just asking.

Gary Fouse said...

Ingrid,

"As long as the West supports Israel, right or wrong, the Muslims will march on and take over."

When the West (US) stops supporting Israel, that's when they will march.

As for Iran, listen to the words of Ahmedinejad himself.

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Ingrid said...

I have listened to Ahmedinejad, I never heard him say that he would drop the bomb on Israel. McCain sang "bomb Iran". I am not a friend of Israel and they are more of a threat to people in the Middle East then Iran is.

Nicolas Krebs said...

"A total of fifty-four million Muslims now live in Europe . San Diego University recently calculated that a staggering 25 percent of the population in Europe will be Muslim just 12 years from now."

Really?