Geert Wilders, the Dutch parliament member, fresh from the refusal of her majesty’s government to allow him to enter England, has been visiting New York City. He is making the rounds of talk shows to publicize the grave dangers the Islamization of Europe poses for the free world. Last night I had the opportunity to meet and listen to him speak of those dangers. Accompanying him on this mission to the last best hope of humanity were Barry Madlener, Lars Hedgaard and Bjorn Larsen. Barry Medlener is another Dutch parliamentarian, a member of Geert’s Party for Freedom (PVV).
Lars and Bjorn are the President and Treasurer respectively of the International Free Press Society (IFPS) which emerged as a development of their Danish Free Press Society. The origins of this society lie in the Danish cartoon crisis which pitted journalistic freedom against the censorship of critiques of Islam and Mohammed demanded by Islamist groups around the world.
Geert and the IFPS have joined forces to press for the equivalent of the United States First Amendment for the Netherlands and Europe as a whole.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
The exact wording of their proposed law has not been finalized, so I cannot comment on concrete facts at this time, but the general theme of ensuring freedom of speech and a free press are worthy principles that should be set in the bedrock of the core legal framework of any free civilized nation, and I wholeheartedly support their efforts in this regard.
Geert Wilders has also produced a short (17 minute) film, Fitna, which juxtaposes quotations from the Koran with video and soundtracks of Islamist atrocities. This film set the stage for Geert’s talk and the question and answer period which followed. The discussion centered on the growing Islamization of Europe and the danger and damage to western civilization that has ensued. The concrete steps that Geert Wilders proposes appear reasonable, prudent and accomplishable for any government that recognizes the imminent danger to it’s people, itself and it’s institutions. None of them are draconian in their concept.
- Abolish hate speech laws and regulations. These serve only to stifle free speech and expression.
- Limit immigration. This would include stopping immigration of ‘refugee’ status immigration over a limit of 5,000.
- Punish criminal immigrant behavior. Immigrants convicted of serious criminal behavior would be stripped of the Dutch portion of their dual citizenship and deported to their country of origin.
- Encourage acculturation of immigrants. Require that children be enrolled in schools with a western cultural tradition. Prohibit the institution, construction and operation of schools that serve to prevent immigrant youth from exploring the western traditions of their new country.
These proposals all focus on the measures any individual country or groups of countries (such as the EU) could enact to protect against internal subversion with a large unacculturated immigrant population. They do not go so far as to address solutions for the global issue of radical Islam.
While Geert Wilders makes the important distinction that Islam is an ideology of world domination, not just a religion as we in the free world have come to define religion, his failure to develop or express solutions to the more global problem is something that he will need to develop in the future as his political career carries him further in his country and Europe. He remains an optimist about the European ability to prevail against this latest ideological assault and I have to agree with his optimism. Europe is not dead. Under assault and reeling from a seemingly unending stream of subversive attack, but still able to recover if decisive action is taken in a reasonably short period of time. The primary obstacle there, as here, is the alliance the socialist left has forged with the radical islamists. A marriage of convenience for the Islamists, a marriage of necessity for the socialists.
The only way to defeat the socialists would be to educate a sufficient number of ordinary people to the imminent danger they are facing to ensure that those politicians who favor a fairy tale belief in detente, with a movement that understands only submission, are eliminated from public office and replaced with those who have a more firm grasp of reality. The false icons of political correctness and cultural relativism need to be cast aside in favor of the defense of the principles of a free society. One will never be free who submits.