Mark Steyn on Geert Wilders and the Dutch courts. As expected, Steyn nails it.

Each incident that Mr. Steyn mentions in this article has been clearly detailed and documented here on Vlad. You can dig around for the links if you want to verify any of it. Its worth mentioning that as usual, Mark understated his own case. The Dutch policy of ‘non escalation’ was the grounds to prevent Dutch news crews from filming the destruction of the mural mentioned here in this article. But ultimately its to one purpose. To create a false impression of Islamic tolerance of it’s host nation.

From National Review…

Dutch courage [Mark Steyn]

Last year, The New York Times ran a story (front page, above the fold, gosh) on my troubles with the Canadian “thought police”, at the end of which I’m quoted as follows:

“Western governments are becoming increasingly comfortable with the regulation of opinion. The First Amendment really does distinguish the U.S., not just from Canada but from the rest of the Western world.”

The latest jurisdiction to get way too “comfortable with the regulation of opinion” is the Netherlands. As Andrew noted below, the Amsterdam Court of Appeal has ordered prosecutors to put the politician and film-maker Geert Wilders on trial for “making anti-Islamic statements”.

The Dutch, like the Canadians, think they can maintain social peace by shriveling the bounds of public discourse and bringing what little remains under state regulation. But one notices that the coercive urge, which comes so naturally to Euro-progressives, only goes in one direction. The Swedish Chancellor of Justice shuts down the investigation into the Grand Mosque of Stockholm for selling tapes urging believers to kill “the brothers of pigs and apes” (ie, Jews) because that’s simply “the everyday climate in the rhetoric”. The masked men marching through the streets of London with placards threatening to rain down another 9/11 on the infidels are protected by a phalanx of Metropolitan Police officers. The PC nellies of the Canadian “Human Rights” Commission, happy to hound the last neo-Nazi in Saskatchewan posting to the Internet from his mum’s basement, won’t go anywhere near Abou Hammaad Sulaiman Dameus al-Hayitia, the big-time Montreal imam whose book says infidels are “evil people”, Jews “spread corruption and chaos”, and homosexuals should be “exterminated”.

Instead, the state’s response to explicit Islamic intimidation is to punish those foolish enough to point out that intimidation. You don’t have to be as intemperate as Minheer Wilders can sometimes be: In the Netherlands even the most innocuous statement can get you into trouble. To express his disgust at Theo van Gogh’s murder, the artist Chris Ripke put up a mural outside his studio showing an angel and the words “Thou shalt not kill”. But the cops thought this was somehow a dig at the local mosque and so came round, destroyed the mural, arrested the TV news crew filming it, and wiped their tape. The Dutch have determined to commit societal euthanasia, and dislike fellows pointing out it might not be as painless as they’ve assumed.

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12 Replies to “Mark Steyn on Geert Wilders and the Dutch courts. As expected, Steyn nails it.”

  1. WESTERN POLITICIANS ARE DECEIVED FOOLS! Depraved Islam has NOTHING to offer to the human family! Islam is non compatible in any way or form! The koran is the work of a demented pervert that promotes the freedom, rights and equality of women. I look forward to the day when this debased filthy violence riddled scum is driven off this planet – “asap”
    Thanks for allowing me. Disgusted Canadian senior J. Brouwer, Canada

  2. I think you meant, ‘destroys the rights and equality of women’ rather than what you actually typed. But the rest is dead on.

  3. correction on yesterday’s post;
    YES, of course! Islam flagrantly violates the EQUAL rights of muslim women! If beautiful muslim women are forced to wear bedsheets for cover by the male superiors, then these women should force these males to daily go about in the nude – SHOW YOUR SUPERIOR STUFF!

  4. Steyn is, as usual, dead on target. The current state-sanctioned persecution of Geert Wilders is typical of a government that would rather appease the Muhammedians, instead of confronting them on their own hatred of their host country. The inceasing and undisguised hostility, even hatred, of radical Muslims in Europe to those who would dare to oppose them is merely a sign of things to come. The very concepts of liberty, freedom of expression, and, above all, freedom of religion, are foreign concepts in Islam, which is itself a one way street that leads to tyranny and totalitarianism. Great Britain, my native land, has all but surrendered to the radical Imans and their followers, hence the presence of not less than 85 Sharia Law courts in the land.

    Canada too, is sleepwalking into a nightmare of multicultural madness in the name of “diversity.” Overly tolerant, “liberal” Canadian law makers invite all comers to live here, but emphasize that, unlike the Americans, (a nation that was supposedly despized by all “informed” Canadians until Barak Obama came along), tell our new “Canadians” that it’s OK to hold on to their language, culture, religion and general way of life. The last thing they are told is to show some respect for Canada’s history, institutions, culture and Christian heritage. Hence we see our immigrants gather together to live in enclaves, Balkanizing the nation in the process. It’s OK, apparently, to live here for 20 years or more and not learn to speak English or French, yet enjoy the economic prosperity that the country provides. Indeed, becoming “Canadians” is the last thing on their minds. The very suggestion I recently made to colleagues at work about bringing over whites from Europe or South Africa, provoked expressions of horror.

    It would seem that 15 university professors in Saskatchewan are opposed to Free university tuition for dependents of Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan. The very idea glorifies militarism, they claim. But what if those children were the offspring of visible minority soldiers? Or Native soldiers? Or even the children of Afghans themselves? Would these self-hating white Marxist elitists object then?

    Back to Geert Wilders. I sincerely hope that he becomes the next Prime Minister of Holland. Who knows? Perhaps Europe will recover its sanity and follow suit. But I’m not holding my breath.

  5. Bill G Excellent well said. If you happen to have a link to any info about those 15 prof’s, I will try and make a little hay with it.

    Thank you.

  6. Why are our countries allowing this. Is is all so unbelieveable and very very frightening. I pray that Geert Wilders becomes prime minister. Maybe it is’nt too late to stop these radicals. Thank God, I am in the later years of my life. History is beginning to repeat itself. This time it is’nt Hilter but people who are much much worse. Will we ever learn. And Governments wonder why we are beginning to hate. Is it any wonder.

  7. What bothers me the most is how many people are completely , blissfully ignorant of the muslim situation in Europe (coming to a country near you) and how it will affect us here in wonderful, tolerant , decent Canada. It seems that the first people to jump on your back if you should dare to state the obvious are other , white , educated , christian people , people that muslims view as the morally corrupt infidels that deserve no more than what the holy qouran advises as reasonable treatment for “apes and pigs” like subjugation and or death.
    In the last few years I’ve read many books , watched many movies and spoken to many soldiers (my father was a UN peacekeeper) and tried to educate myself on the topic of islamification . I can tell you this much , look at what has happened to England , beleive you me you dont want what has happened there to happen here.
    The christian values that we have constructed our great nations on and the medeival , brutal ideology that is islam cannot and will not be reconciled , they our welcoming tolerance as weakness to be exploited.
    We still have a choice , speak to your elected officials and tell them in no uncertain terms how you feel about our immigration policy and the “human rights commission”.

    “The only thing required for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing”

  8. How is it explainable that everybody is letting this happen.
    When are we sending these people on their places on their own expence and
    confiscate whatever they have. Their believe and view on including death
    trheats to non believers and all different relegions is its own enough grounds
    to get rid of them. If I do the same in microscopic way I would be slammed in jail. Is our whole race stupid or cowards. If we would have a little bit of dignity left we would fight for our rights and so called democratic freedoms.
    Yes I am totally sick of it. From our political leaders ( short term non thinkers) we can not expect anything. All they get is a pay cheque and don’t even say thank you. I have to quit this, because I can go on and on.

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