The Weekly Wilders Round-Up

27 02 2010

Alright, here we go.

Reuters – Dutch parties tussle over approach to far right – and Wilders poised for quick Dutch election start:

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Right-wing Dutch MP Geert Wilders is poised to do well in the Netherlands’ local elections next week, a poll showed on Wednesday, giving him more momentum ahead of a national vote on June 9.

Wilders’ Freedom Party will win 30 percent of the vote in the March 3 municipal elections in the city of Almere, Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant said, followed by the Labour Party on 20 percent.

Read the rest here.

The Daily Rasp – Geert Wilders Battle Continues

Small Dead Animals – Free Geert Wilders

Infidels Paradise – Outspoken Anti-Islamic Geert Wilders Has Dutch Politics In A Bit Of A Tizzy

Charlotte Conservative News – More indications Geert Wilders may be gaining for coming elections

The Huffington Post – Feeling the Hate at CPAC 2010 With Andrew Breitbart, Hannah Giles and the Crazy Mob

Reuters – UPDATE 1-Dutch parties tussle over approach to far right

The First Post – The anti-immigration pol who wants to lead Dutch

But, that’s just my opinion – Stop the Trial of Geert Wilders


Janet Albrechtsen, for The Australian – Menace in mad march of the thought police

The Libertarian Republican – More indications Geert Wilders may be gaining for coming elections

Atlas Shrugs – The Anti-Conservative’s CPAC – More Coverage of the FDI Event: Jihad: The Political Third Rail, “single most important event of this three-day conference” – Dutch Government Collapses…Going Wilders? – and FOX News Dhimmis Down on FDI CPAC Write Up

Why you Should Support Geert Wilders? Here is why:

National Security Online Resource Center – Exerpt from Essay on Wilders

EuropeNews – The Railroading of Geert Wilders

Financial Times – Netherlands braces for fresh election

Neoconservative Outlook – The Dutch Inquisition

Time Mag – How the War in Afghanistan Sank the Dutch Government

The Waking Giant – Geert Wilders – Warning To America

The UWM Post – The Dutch Inquisition – How to tell what’s what in Afghanistan

Counter-Jihad Alliance – On Fitna and Geert Wilders – Vlad Tepes

Vlad Tepes – Bruce Bawer interviews Geert Wilders

NRC Handelsblad – Bitter election campaign looms

Station WTFO – The Heresy Trial of Geert Wilders

Liberal Conspiracy – An opening for the controversial Geert Wilders?

LaurenceJarvikOnline – Salim Mansur on the Trial of Geert Wilders

Counter Jihad – Geert Wilders will breed Muslim terrorism

Salim Mansur, via the Toronto Sun – Unveiling the truth behind Shariah

[Related] – Counter Jihad News will cease operations today

BusinessWeek – Dutch May Take Months to Form New Cabinet After Latest Collapse

Daily Times – Dutch looking away from Europe, world

Assyrian International News Agency – Stop the Trial of Geert Wilders

Vlad Tepes – On Fitna and Geert Wilders

Earth Times – Dutch Freedom Party ready to govern, claims Wilders

Full Comment – Adrian MacNair: Anti-Islam party benefits from Dutch political chaos

Counter-Jihad Alliance – Stop the Trial of Geert Wilders – AINA

Pajamas Media – Right and Left upside down: Geert Wilders and the Tea Party Movement

The Weekly Standard – Geert Wilders Gets His Chance

Atheist Adam – Geert Wilders’ Party Explodes after Expulsion – Geert Wilders’ PVV set to win in Almere

CRI – Netherlands New Coalition Gov’t Awaits Several Months

Pajamas Media – Geert Wilders and the Tea Party Movement

NIS News Bulletin – Poll: Wilders to win overwhelmingly in Almere

The Huffington Post – Our Taliban

Reuters – Balkenende top Dutch PM choice, Wilders 5th – poll

NPR – Dutch Political Uncertainty Boosts Far-Right Party

Financial Times – Far Right seeks to benefit from Dutch election in June

The Black Kettle – Right and Left upside down: Geert Wilders and the Tea Party Movement – Our Taliban

Gulf Times – Dutch looking away from Europe, world

The Daily Herald – Fall of Dutch Govt may delay constitutional renewal process

In Defence of Marxism – The fall of the Dutch government and the crisis in Dutch politics

NIS News Bulletin – Local elections scarcely a prelude to general elections – Press Review Monday 22 February 2010

Gates of Vienna – Towards a New Feudal Netherlands – The PVV: Heading for Victory in Almere – and Then and Now: Part Seven

OneNewsNow – ‘Railroad’ steams through Dutch pol’s trial – Reflections on a Fall – lets be Like Belgium

Radio Netherlands Worldwide – Uruzgan row boosts Labour Party popularity

Deutsche Welle – Dutch elections set for June as queen names caretaker government

Vlad Tepes – Towards a New Feudal Netherlands. V.H. via Gates of Vienna

Cliff May, for – How to Stifle Speech

Tweetmeme – » Overnight Thread: Pat Condell on Geert Wilders, the Netherlands, and the Death of Free Speech – Big Journalism – Christians can’t vote for Wilders, say vicars:

A Christian cannot vote for Geert Wilders’ anti-immigration party PVV, say 75% of church leaders in a poll of 1,200 ministers and church workers in the Nederlands Dagblad.

The ministers represent a cross-section of all the Netherlands’ Protestant churches, representing 2.3 million people, the paper says.

One third of the people polled said there were people who supported Wilders in their communities and 5% said Wilders had a lot of support.

‘Wilders and the PVV’s views contradict Christianity,’ one minister told the paper.

Read the rest here.

Don’t Get Me Started… – How to Stifle Speech


John Hendrix – Very important about Geert Wilders’ trial and freedom of speech

Vlad Tepes – Holland – Wilders goes for headscarf ban in the Hague:

A ban on headscarves for city council workers and in all institutions and clubs which get local authority money will be the most important point in the PVV´s negotiations to join governing coalitions in Almere and the Hague, says party leader Geert Wilders.

Speaking to RTL news, Wilders said the ban would be central to talks to form new local authority executives in the only two cities where the party is contesting the March 3 local elections.

The ban will apply to ‘all council offices and all other institutions and clubs which get even one cent of council money,’ he said.

Read the rest here.

Egregores – “Christians cannot vote for Geert Wilders”

Red County – It’s Official: the Dutch Election for a new government June 9th

Winds of Jihad – Christians can’t vote for Wilders, say vicars

Virtue Online – How to Stifle Speech

Financial Times – Intolerant kingmaker defies Dutch cliches

It Hit Home – New Poll Puts Labour Equal To Wilders’ PVV

Murray’s Capitol Hill Updates – February 26, 2010 – Washington, DC – The Week in Review

Minnesota Prager Discussion Group – The Trial of Geert Wilders for the Crime of “Group Insult” – Dutch anti-Islam politician goes on trial – New poll puts Labour equal to Wilders´ PVV – and Afghanistan stand boosts Labour vote


Geert Wilders Gets His Chance

27 02 2010

By Adam Brinkley, via The Weekly Standard:

Geert Wilders of the Netherlands is one of the oddest men on the world stage. He’s been banned from entering the UK, denounced as a fascist, and largely blacklisted throughout Europe due to his staunch and outspoken opposition to militant Islam. And in a few months he might be prime minister of the Netherlands. The coalition government of Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende collapsed over the weekend, and parliamentary elections are now scheduled for June 9. Recent polling shows Wilders’ “Party for Freedom” in first place with the potential to win 27 seats in parliament, and several parties are grudgingly open to forming a coaltion with him if he wins. 

Wilders’ controversial film Fitna denounces Islam as a whole, and he wants the Koran – which he calls a “fascist book” – outlawed in the Netherlands (on the same grounds that Mein Kampf is currently outlawed in that country). His main campaign theme is halting the supposed Islamic takeover of his country, by way of dramatic restrictions on immigration–so naturally he creates a great deal of unease among Muslim citizens (whose numbers top one million out of a total population of over 16 and a half million).

But Wilders is totally unlike “far-right” leaders in the rest of Europe. He is a harsh critic of racism and anti-Semitism, and he is no friend of “far-right neo-fascist” leaders such as the French National Front‘s Jean-Marie Le Pen or the British National Party‘s Nick Griffin. In fact, while those leaders are broadly anti-Semitic and isolationist, Wilders was actually shaped by years spent in Israel as a young man. Hence, he is one of the Jewish state’s strongest European defenders, an advocate of the war on terror, and a firm critic of Jihad–stances which have won him fans among national security hawks in the U.S. Furthermore, his economic agenda is radically libertarian compared to most Europeans and could be a vanguard for European reform.

Read it all here.

Lessons from Pim

27 02 2010

My friend Eeyore at Vlad Tepes has recently been focusing a little bit on the Dutch establishment’s treatment of the late Pim Fortuyn, a gay hedonist politician who was demonised as a race-baiting hatemonger and subsequently murdered by a man who thought he was actually doing society a favor.

The correlations between the Dutch establishment’s treatment of Pim Fortuyn then, and their treatment of Geert Wilders now, is fairly obvious – although of course there are differences between the two men.

At any rate, here’s the series as it is so far, in no particular order:

Pim Fortuyn attacked with excrement and vomit by leftists. 2002

First reactions to Pim Fortuyn’s murder in Holland

Pim – You are an extremely inferior human being

Pim Fortuyn explains his frustrations with the left, and Islam in Holland

Pim Fortuyn predicts own murder

Menace in mad march of the thought police

24 02 2010

By Janet Albrechtsen, via The Australian:

THE dark spectre of illiberalism is slowly poisoning Western liberal democracies. You won’t hear about it from much of the left-liberal press. It is part of the problem and its silence only confirms that basic liberties integral to Western liberal democracies are under threat. That is why you may not have heard about the trial of Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who is being prosecuted under hate laws in The Netherlands for his opinions about Islam. Agree or disagree with Wilders, this is the thundering march of the thought police. And don’t for a moment imagine that Australia is immune from this menace to democracy. In a trial that began last month, Wilders is being prosecuted for offending a “group of people”, for incitement and discrimination against Muslims. The summons describes scenes from his film Fitna as reason enough to put the leader of the Freedom Party in prison for up to two years.

In a sign of how twisted our Western antennae have become, the violence incited by Fitna is not against Muslims. Instead the film shows footage of Muslims preaching violence against the West. Yet Wilders is on trial for his opinions.

That said, Wilders does have harsh things to say about Islam. He likens the Koran to Hitler’s Mein Kampf and wants it banned. No doubt this is hurtful to Muslims. No doubt this offends them. It may even be hateful. But in June 2009 Dutch prosecutors declined to act against Wilders because “freedom of expression fulfils an essential role in public debate in a democratic society. That means offensive comments can be made in a political debate.”

Flexing its activist arm, the Dutch appeals court decided to prosecute Wilders anyway. Make no mistake. This is a political trial.

Read the rest here.

Dutch parties tussle over approach to far right

24 02 2010

Can you feel the love? By Catherine Hornby, via Reuters:

AMSTERDAM, Feb 23 (Reuters) – A Dutch Labour politician’s call to keep far-right leader Geert Wilders out of a new government has stirred anger among other parties who consider the move undemocratic and likely to drive voters towards him.

Wilders and his Freedom Party have been a focus of debate since the Dutch cabinet collapsed on Saturday, as the election which could be held as early as May will be a key opportunity for the anti-immigration group to increase its influence after a stunning success at European elections last year. [ID:nLDE61J08D]

Frans Timmermans, a member of the Labour party and minister for European affairs, said on Monday that Labour would refuse to govern in coalition with Wilders’ party, and he called on other parties to consider a similar approach.

“The Labour party stands for a completely different Holland than the party of Wilders, and for that reason we cannot be in a government with him,” a spokeswoman for the Labour party said.

“He (Timmermans) dared other parties to think the same thing. Do they want to be in a government that segregates people by race and religion?”

Wilders has described the call as an “arrogant” attempt to ringfence his Freedom Party (PVV) and said it was an insult to the democratic system, telling Dutch media “the voter will seek punishment for this”.

Read the rest here.

The Weekly Wilders Round-Up

21 02 2010

Alas, I’ve been somewhat neglecting this site of late. Sorry about that. That’s what you get for unpaid labor, I guess. At any rate, here’s the latest:

Democracy Project – The Political Origins of the Witch-Hunt against Wilders

Common Sense Political Thought – Freedom of Speech and Geert Wilders


The UWM Post – The Dutch Inquisition

The Final Redoubt – Hard Talk with Geert Wilders

United Conservatives of Virginia – More On Geert Wilders

Vlad Tepes – Pim Fortuyn predicts own murder – and Geert Wilders demonized in the Dutch mass media as was Pim

The Black Kettle – Demonization of Geert Wilders MSM – Election debate highlights left right divide

Barrel Strength – Interview with Geert Wilders

New Zeal – Pat Condell on Geert Wilders and Death of Dutch Free Speech

The Politics of the Cross Resurrected – Robert Sibley on Geert Wilders and Freedom

Newsvine – Anti-Islamic Dutch Lawmaker Event at University Cut Short as Crowd Turns Nasty:

“Where Islam sets roots, freedom dies,” Geert Wilders told the students during his 30-minute address organized by a new student group called Temple University Purpose and funded by the California-based David Horowitz Freedom Center, a foundation that promotes conservative scholarship.

His remarks were met by a mixture of applause and boos, and occasionally gasps — particularly when he stated that “our Western culture is far better than the Islamic culture and we should defend it.”

Read it here.


Radio Netherlands Worldwide – Dutch Lower House debates Iraq inquiry

Islam In Europe – Commentary By Snouck – Pim Fortuyn shows his true colours

Associated Press of Pakistan – Lord Nazir Ahmed opposes ex-General Musharraf’s meeting in the House of Lords

Ovo – Trevor Blake: Islam in the News – GEERT WILDERS WARNING TO AMERICA:

Robert Sibley – Geert Wilders calls on a Muslim woman to defend him against charges of being anti-Muslim – Wilders’ court speech shows courage in defending western culture against Islamization – and The cases of Geert Wilders and Zakaria Amara share one thing: naive western attitudes

Radio Netherlands Worldwide – Anti-Islam book launch cancelled:

A conference centre in The Hague has cancelled the launch of a book criticising Islam. The book launch was scheduled for Thursday at The World Forum, but was cancelled because the director of the venue does not believe he can guarantee the safety of his guests.

The book in question is Islamofobie? (Islamophobia?), written by Islam critic and PVV supporter Frans Groenendijk. The PVV, or Freedom Party is an anti-Islamic opposition party led by Geert Wilders.

Green Left party member Tofik Dibi, who was to receive the first book at the launch, says he regrets that the conference centre acted out of fear. The venue says it has not received any threats.

Read it here.

Counter Jihad – Wilders Event at University Cut Short as Crowd Turns Nasty  – Open letter to Islamophobe Dutch MP Geert Wilders – and Geert Wilders will breed Muslim terrorism:

The Belgian novelist and journalist, Thomas Blondeau, said On Sunday that Wilders will breed Muslim terrorism should he be part of the next Dutch cabinet. According to the writer, all hardliners play into the hands of Muslim terrorist as he experienced while writing his new book, Donderhart.

Dondenhart by Thomas Blondeau

Thomas Blondeau, a self-proclaimed expert in Muslim terrorism, studied the Muslim homicide bombing of London in 7/7 2005. He interviewed journalists and ordinary Londoners, read blogs and studied the way the media reported on the Muslim terror attacks.

Thomas Blondeau

“Immediately after the Muslim terror attacks, Prime Minister Blair called on Londoners to get back to work. He said that the Muslim terrorist wanted to play a game he did not want to participate in.”

Blondeau wishes that the Dutch would adopt a similar policy on Muslim terror in the unfortunate case the Netherlands end up being a target of Muslim terrorism.

“I’m afraid that the Dutch politicians will react like George Bush. Should Wilders be a minister, he would immediately declare war on Muslim terrorism. That is exactly what the Muslim terrorist want: fear.

Read the rest here. – ‘Wilders kweekt terrorisme’

Daily News Egypt – Open letter to Islamophobe Dutch MP Geert Wilders

Fox News – CPAC Session on Jihad, Free Speech Attracts Complaints

Infidels Paradise – CPAC To Turn Its Attention To Radical Islam..Obligatory Muslim Outcry Ensues, “It’s Muslim Bashing!”

Isi Leibler, in the Jerusalem Post – Geert Wilders and European democracy

Lancaster Unity – The Wilders/EDL final solution…

Nidur – Quranic Way of Life :: The Best Way to Live life

Our Changing Landscape – Starting a New Counter-Jihad Organization Is Not the Solution to the Problem

Patriots 28560 – Observations from the Netherlands, Read Last Man Standing (top tab) First

Macleans – The absurd trial of Geert Wilders

Salim Mansur, for the Toronto Sun – Unveiling the truth behind Shariah

FrontPage Mag – A New Threat to Free Speech on Campus

Commonsense & Wonder – The Trial of Geert Wilders

[ Related ] CTV News – Afghan war debate brings down Dutch government

San Jose Republican Examiner – Coughlin’s Revenge

The Liberty Boys – Could Geert Wilders Become Prime Minister of the Netherlands?

Radio Netherlands Worldwide – Dutch cabinet on collision course

Korrektiv – Mark Steyn on the absurd trial of Geert Wilders

The Yorker – Dutch Cabinet falls over Afghanistan mission

Charlotte Conservative News – Dutch Government Collapses Over Afghanistan Debate – Is Geert Wilders In As PM?

Al-Masry Al-Youm – Islamophobia on trial in Holland

Libertarian Republican – Dutch Governing Coalition collapses: Libertarian Geert Wilders “delighted”

Vlad Tepes – Dutch TV interviews imam Fawaz Jneid – and The Absurd Trial of Geert Wilders

No Apologies – Freedom on Trial in the Netherlands with Geert Wilders on the Stand: Steyn

I Love South Africa – Why The Netherlands is Not Fit to be Part of Europe

The National Post’s Full Comment – Chris Selley’s Full Pundit: Zamboni saves the day!

Blazing Cat Fur – The absurd trial of Geert Wilders

Radio Netherlands Worldwide – Dutch government falls over Afghanistan mission

Enough Room – Trial of Geert Wilders

Gates of Vienna – The Imam says Geert Wilders is Hitler 

LaurenceJarvikOnline – Mark Steyn on the Trial of Geert Wilders – Press Review Friday 19 February 2010

Sevenload – Bruce Bawer interviews Geert Wilders

NewsReal – CPAC Day 2 – Jihad: The Political Third Rail – and Dutch Government Falls Over Afghanistan Debate – Is Geert Wilders In As PM?

Idea Anaconda – Steyn on Wilders

Yahoo News – Dutch government falls over Afghan troop mission

NRC Handelsblad – Minorities quick to abandon ballot box

Weasel Zippers – Geert Wilders Next Dutch PM? Government Falls Over Afghan Mission, Wilders PVV Party Expected to Be Big Winner in New Elections…

The Washington Times – Panel of former Muslims says U.S. needs to “wake up”; overtolerance could pave the way for shari’a in America

Financial Times – Dutch government collapses over Afghan troop mission

Newsnet14 – Geert Wilders Kangaroo Court

Ghost of a Flea – The absurd trial of Geert Wilders

The Telegraph – Dutch troops to pull out of Afghanistan by the end of year after coalition falls

Un:dhimmi – Netherlands Government Collapses – It’s Time for Geert Wilders

Merle Widmer’s Peoria Watch – Geert Wilders Trial

The Jakarta Globe – Dutch government falls over Afghan mission: PM

SteynOnline – Something Wilders this way comes

Vlad Tepes – Holland

The absurd trial of Geert Wilders

21 02 2010

By Mark Steyn, for Macleans Magazine:

At a certain level, the trial of Geert Wilders for the crime of “group insult” of Islam is déjà vu all over again. For as the spokesperson for the Openbaar Ministerie put it, “It is irrelevant whether Wilders’s witnesses might prove Wilders’s observations to be correct. What’s relevant is that his observations are illegal.”

Ah, yes, in the Netherlands, as in Canada, the truth is no defence. My Dutch is a little rusty but I believe the “Openbaar Ministerie” translates in English to the Ministry for Openly Barring People. Whoops, my mistake. It’s the prosecution service of the Dutch Ministry of Justice. But it shares with Canada’s “human rights” commissions an institutional contempt for the truth.

As for “Wilders’s witnesses,” he submitted a list of 18, and the Amsterdam court rejected no fewer than 15 of them. As with Commissar MacNaughton and her troika of pseudo-judges presiding over the Maclean’s trial in British Columbia, it’s easier to make the rules up as you go along.


And in Amsterdam the eventual verdict doesn’t really matter any more than it did here. As Khurrum Awan, head sock puppet for Mohamed Elmasry, crowed to the Canadian Arab News, even though the Canadian Islamic Congress struck out in three different jurisdictions in their attempt to criminalize my writing, the suits cost this magazine (he says) two million bucks, and thereby “attained our strategic objective—to increase the cost of publishing anti-Islamic material.” Likewise, whether Mijnheer Wilders is convicted or acquitted, a lot of politicians, publishers, writers and filmmakers will get the message: steer clear of the subject of Islam unless you want your life consumed.

But at that point comparisons end. Had the CIC triumphed at our trial in Vancouver, the statutory penalty under the B.C. “Human Rights” Code would have prevented Maclean’s ever publishing anything on Islam, Europe, demography, terrorism and related issues by me or anybody of a similar disposition ever again. I personally would have been rendered legally unpublishable in Canada in perpetuity. But so what? I’m an obscure writer, and my fate is peripheral to that of the Dominion itself.

Geert Wilders, by contrast, is one of the most popular politicians in the Netherlands, and his fate is central to the future of his kingdom and his continent. He is an elected member of parliament—and, although he’s invariably labelled “far right” in news reports, how far he is depends on where you’re standing: his party came second in last year’s elections for the European Parliament, and a poll of the Dutch electorate in December found it tied for first place. Furthermore, if you read the indictment against him, you’ll see that among other things Wilders is being prosecuted for is proposing an end to “non-Western immigration” to the Netherlands: the offending remarks were made in response to a direct question as to what his party would do in its first days in office. So the Dutch state is explicitly prosecuting the political platform of the most popular opposition party in the country, and attempting to schedule the trial for its own electoral advantage. That’s the sort of thing free societies used to leave to Mobutu, Ferdinand Marcos and this week’s Generalissimo-for-Life.

Read the rest here.