December 15, 2008

Geert Wilders in Jerusalem "The Jihad against Israel is the Jihad against the West."

We are privileged to have freedom fighter Geert Wilders with us in
Jerusalem. His remarks are captivating and important to everyone who values freedom, whose mind is clear, and whose heart is not filled with irrational sympathy for the wicked, and hatred for the innocent.

- From Naomi Ragen's Newslist

By Andrew Bostom On December 14, 2008

December 14, 2008


Thank you very much.

It's a privilege for me to be here in this beautiful city Jerusalem, the
capitol of the only democracy in the entire Middle East. When I was a
teenager I lived some years here in this city and after that I visited
Israel more times than I can count. Israel: the only country in the region
with a functioning parliament, a rule of law and free elections. The only
country in the region that shares the values of our Western societies, in
fact is one of the foundations of our Judeo-Christian identity.

We are here to voice our concern over the growing Islamisation of the West.
We do this in this city, the city of David. The city that, together with
Rome and Athens, symbolizes our ancient heritage.

Perhaps a few of you may be new to Jerusalem, yet, Jerusalem is not new to
any of you. We all carry Jerusalem in our blood, in our genes. We all live
and breathe Jerusalem. We talk Jerusalem, we dream Jerusalem. Simply
because, the values of ancient Israel have become the values of the West. We
are all Israel, and Israel is in all of us.

This city is the capital of a democracy under threat. Israel is under siege,
like the Jewish community in the Land of Israel is under siege for over a
century now. Israel with all its glory and splendour is unique, and its
history unparalleled. Yet, Israel's security situation is not unique, and
neither is its enemy.

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, just like Kashmir, Kosovo, the Philippines, Southern
Thailand, Darfur in Sudan, Lebanon, and Aceh in Indonesia. Israel is simply
in the way of the Islamic advance. Just like West-Berlin was during the Cold
War.

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 places
to release its energy and its desire for conquest. Therefore, the war
against Israel is not a war against Israel. It is a war against the West. It
is jihad. Thanks to Israeli parents who see their children go off to join
the army and lie awake at night, parents in Europe and America can sleep
well and have pleasant dreams, unaware of the dangers looming.

At present the front-line of jihad runs not just through the streets of Tel
Aviv and Haifa, but through the streets of London, Madrid, and Amsterdam as
well. Jihad is our common enemy, and we better start Facing Jihad before it
is too late.

Therefore, if we voice our concern over the Islamisation of the West, we
have to do it here, where our civilization borders on Islam. Where jihadists
fire Qassams into civilian homes in Sderot and Ashkelon, and where a doctor
like Aryeh Eldad is characteristic of our civilization by treating
terrorists the same way as he treats the Israeli victims. I salute Professor
Eldad for his work for humanity, and for his patriotism. And I thank him for
hosting this conference in this great city. Aryeh I am proud to be your
friend.

I will say a few things about the Islamisation of Europe and my film Fitna.
I will use some examples from the Netherlands, because they are indicative
for the situation on the continent.

The mass migration to the Netherlands continues full-speed ahead. Currently,
a staggering number of new immigrants arrive every year, many of them
Muslim, often uneducated, if not illiterate. Bringing along with them the
local customs of the mountains and deserts of backward Islamic countries.
Thousands and thousands of Muslims arrive in the Netherlands every year,
while already one million Muslims are living in our tiny country.

There are many problems concerning this massive influx: immigrants are
overly represented in social benefits and crime statistics and the overall
costs are staggering. The financial costs of mass immigration in the
Netherlands exceeds 100 billion euro's.

But what we have to fear most is the creeping Islamisation, the stealth
jihad. Because every Islamic neighbourhood, every Islamic shop, every
mosque, every Islamic school, every burqa, every veil is regarded by many
Muslims as building blocks towards a larger goal, towards domination.

This is in fact the essence of the problem. Not crime, not even the
financial burden. The biggest problem is the demographic development, and
the way it influences our society at large. Immigration from Muslim
countries and the demographics will result in the Eurabia that the brave Bat
Ye'or is warning about. It will become reality if we don't act now.

A decade and a half ago, a then unknown American politician used the
following slogan in his political campaign: "it's the economy, stupid." From
now on the motto of my party will be: "it's demographics, dumbo".

More than forty years ago a British politician gave a famous speech. He
stated that, looking into the future, he saw 'rivers of blood' as a result
of the uncontrolled influx of immigrants. Enoch Powell's speech was the
starting point of a debate on mass immigration in Europe. As usual, the
leftist establishment labeled him an extremist and his career went down. But
the British people loved him, and supported Powell. London's dock workers
took him to their hearts, marching by the thousands in support of Mr.
Powell.

Looking back, I share Enoch Powell's alarmist views on mass immigration, but
'rivers of blood' is not something I see happening. We will not face civil
war. Our political elite is trying to make us believe that the influx of
Muslim immigrants is similar to the waves of immigration that took place
centuries ago. Or they say that "Christianity developed towards modernity,
and therefore Islam will do the same".

How are we to remain a democracy if a large part of the growing Muslim
population is in favour of introducing sharia law? How is Amsterdam to
remain the gay capitol of Europe if gays are regularly beaten up by non
western immigrants, often Muslims? How are the Jewish communities of Europe
to survive with a growing presence of an ideology that is so blatantly
anti-Semitic? How are we to remain a centre of cultural and scientific
excellence if Islam opposes art, and academic exploration? How are we to
remain an open and tolerant society if we are faced with part of the Muslim
community favouring self-segregation and showing no desire for assimilation?
How can we look to the future with confidence, when a large part of the
population turns to a seventh century desert for answers?

These are the questions the multiculturalists don't want to answer.

Instead of providing leadership our political elite fooled us by using our
own principles against us. I will give you five examples.

First. Our tolerance is used as an argument to bring in more Islam, to bring
in more Muslims, and a way to tell us that we should not criticize their
Islamic culture, if you do you are labeled intolerant and racist.

Second. Democracy. A growing Muslim electorate is too hard for politicians
to resist, so they give in to their grievances and demands to win their
vote. Before long sharia law will be introduced, legally and democratically,
by means of majority vote. The former Dutch Minister of Justice once said
that sharia law could be part of the Dutch legal system if a two third
majority of the population would be in favour of it.

Third. Our religious freedom is utilized by an ideology that has no plans
whatsoever to play by our rules, yet demands the same rights our traditional
religions have had for centuries;

Fourth. Our welfare state that once was the envy of the world, now functions
as a magnet for a lot of non-Western immigrants, dreaming of a cushy life in
wealthy Europe.

Fifth. Our open borders came to symbolize our open mindset, an example of
our cosmopolitan hospitality. But now we have lost control of our borders
and we can't even keep track of who is entering our countries, let alone
prevent them from entering.

Our Western principles are hollow if they are not accompanied by a desire to
sustain our culture and our civilization, based upon knowing who we are and
where we come from. We are not from Saudi-Arabia. We are not from Iran. We
come from Rome, Athens and Jerusalem. That makes our civilization special,
and certainly worth preserving.

In spite of all that, the political elite are still madly in love with their
pet project, the multicultural society, as they call it romantically.
Apparently they don't live in the neighbourhoods that are turning Islamic.
They will tell you "they are nice people. I don't see the problem?" The
Muslim immigrant's demands sound reasonably to them, like: "let us have an
extra-large mosque".

It is very difficult to remain optimistic in the face of the growing
Islamisation of Europe. The tide is turning against us. We are losing on
every front. Regarding the demographics, Islam is gaining momentum. The
ruling elite is even proud of the Muslim immigration. After all, this way
they can show everyone that they are not racists. 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
and cultural relativism.

Cultural relativism is the biggest disease modern day Europe suffers from.
Not all cultures are equal. Our Western culture is better than the Islamic
culture. In the words of the brave Dr. Wafa Sultan: "It is a clash between
civilization and backwardness, between the civilized and the primitive,
between barbarity and rationality". Indeed also here in Israel you are not
fighting a territorial war, it's not about territory it's about ideology.
The Islamic ideology does not seek cooperation or assimilation but aims for
submission and dominance over non-Muslims. There is no moderate Islam, there
will never be a moderate Islam. There might be moderate people who call
themselves Muslim, but there is no moderate Islam.

Leftist journalists and leftist politicians hasten themselves to label
anyone critical of the Islamisation a 'right-wing extremist'. The entire
establishment has sided with Islam. Leftists, liberals, and
Christian-Democrats are now enslaved to Islam. They are Dhimmi's. Lenin once
labelled ignorant people that unknowingly aided his cause 'useful idiots'.
Well, the West is now full of these 'useful idiots', and they are even proud
of it.

Now some words about my film Fitna.

I felt I had the moral duty to educate people about Islam and the
Islamisation of Europe. The duty to make clear to everyone that the Koran
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.

I have warned against the dangers of the Koran and Islam in numerous
interviews, opinion articles, speeches and of course parliamentary debates,
but pictures often say more than words. That is why I made Fitna.

Fitna is a documentary that shows what is being done in the name of Islam.
Without placing all Muslims into the same category, I think I have succeeded
in showing that the Koran is not some dusty old book, but that it is still
used today as a source of inspiration for, and justification of hatred,
violence and terrorism across the world.

A few weeks ago the world has once again seen what Islam is capable of. In
Mumbai, jihadists separated Muslims from non-Muslims, according to a witness
in a Belgian newspaper. The non-Muslims, the Kaffirs, were subsequently
shot. The terrorists also went straight for the tiny Jewish centre in
Mumbai, where, according to reports made to an Indian news website, they
horribly tortured Jewish people before brutally murdering them.

Most of the Western media stick to naming the culprits as being members of
'separatist movements'. In doing so, they are missing the main point and are
unjustly ignoring the Islamic nature of the terror attacks. After all, if it
is a conflict about borders, why are they killing Jews in Mumbai? Why, in a
city of tens of millions, find the jihadists the shortest way to the only
rabbi in town – in order to kill him and his wife? Why are Israel's enemies
always shouting "Allah hoe-Akbar" and "kill the Jews" if all they want is
peaceful coexistence and mutual understanding? Maybe, I'm just guessing, is
it because they have an ideology that tells them to kill Jews, to kill
unbelievers, and to advance Islam until there is world domination. Islam,
after all divides the world in a dar-al-Harb, and dar-al-Islam. Islam is a
totalitarian ideology full of hate, violence and submission.

From the day the plan for my short film was made public it caused quite a
stir, in the Netherlands, in Europe and across the world. First there was a
political uproar, with government leaders across the continent in sheer
panic. The Dutch Minister for Foreign Affairs called on me to abandon my
film project. The Minister of Justice let it be known that post hoc criminal
proceedings could be initiated if the movie was shown. The Dutch government
investigated the possibility of having Fitna banned in advance. The Dutch
branch of the Islamic organization 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 the Grand Mufti of Syria stated
that I would be responsible for all the bloodshed after the screening of the
film.

In Afghanistan and Pakistan the Dutch flag was burned on several occasions.
Dolls representing me were burned as well. The Indonesian President
announced that I will never be admitted into Indonesia again, while the UN
Secretary General and the European Union issued statements in the same
cowardly vein as those by the Dutch government. I could go on and on. It was
an absolute disgrace, a sell out. It was treason to our Western principles,
it was treason to freedom of speech, it was treason to liberty itself. My
own government was not defending me, but became my worst enemy in the
process.

Because of Fitna the State of Jordan is currently litigating against me.
Jordan wants to prosecute me for blasphemy, demeaning Islam and slandering
the Prophet Muhammad; violations of the Jordanian Penal Code, even though
the alleged violations did not even occur in Jordan. As you all know, Jordan
is a non-democratic country, without an independent or impartial judicial
system and without a strongly developed civil society. According to a recent
study by Human Rights Watch, torture is a routine and widespread practice in
Jordan.

Jordan's attempt to prosecute me is an infringement on the sovereignty of my
country, the Netherlands. It is an infringement on freedom of speech.
Jordan's attempt is in fact a hostile act towards freedom itself.

If Jordan succeeds in prosecuting a democratically elected member of a
Western parliament, what kind of precedent would that set? But its not about
me. The principle is not Geert Wilders. If you look at the press and the
rest of the political elite in the Netherlands, nobody cared. Nobody gived a
damn. This was the worst thing. A nondemocratic country like Jordan cannot
use the international or domestic legal system to silence anyone. If this
starts, if we allow this, we can get rid of all parliaments, and we should
close down every newspaper, and we should shut up and all pray to Mecca five
times a day.

But there is some hope. For instance there is some hope with the middle
class workers. Underneath the empty bravado of the elite, the middle class
worker, the average Joe, is starting to realise that there is something
terribly wrong with Islam. In the Netherlands, sixty percent of the
population considers mass immigration to be the worst mistake since the
second world war. And an equal sixty percent sees Islam as the number one
threat to our national identity. But the Freedom Party is the only political
party in the Dutch parliament that shares their view.

And there is hope that political parties critical about the Islamisation of
the West are gaining momentum all over Europe, are getting stronger. And we
will work together with common legislation, with common initiatives, perhaps
even with a common group in the European parliament as defenders of the
West, defenders of our culture, defenders of our identity, defenders of our
freedom.

We need a new way of thinking, a new paradigm, to defend our liberties. Just
reiterating our devotion to tolerance and democracy is not good enough, as
we are Facing Jihad. We need a new set of goals and ideas. We need new
leaders. And we should always remember where we come from. We all come from
Jerusalem.

Let me wind up. The essence of my short speech today is that Europe is in
the process of Islamisation, and that we need to fight it. Because if we
don't fight the Islamization we will lose everything; our cultural identity,
our democracy, our rule of law, our liberties, our freedom. We have the duty
to defend the ideas of Rome, Athens and Jerusalem. The ancient heritage of
our forefathers is under attack; we have to stand up and defend it.

A century and a half ago, on the other side of the world, a young President
said exactly what I mean. This is what Abraham Lincoln said in 1862, and I
leave you with that:
The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The
occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise — with the
occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must
disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.
(Abraham Lincoln, Annual Message to Congress, December 1, 1862)

It is five to twelve. Freedom must win, we have to win and we will win.

2 comments:

  1. "Democracy. A growing Muslim electorate is too hard for politicians
    to resist, so they give in to their grievances and demands to win their
    vote. Before long sharia law will be introduced, legally and democratically,
    by means of majority vote. The former Dutch Minister of Justice once said
    that sharia law could be part of the Dutch legal system if a two third
    majority of the population would be in favour of it."

    Is Geert Wilders claiming there will be 70% Muslims in Netherlands soon?

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  2. .
    FREE Partij voor de Vrijheid! The Koran shouldn't be banned. Mein Kampf isn't a 'Holy Book', but it shouldn't be banned either, but you should be able to criticize it and the idiots who agree with it.

    As many sane people know, Geert Wilders is NO racist. He is simply against out-of-control immigration; and against immigrants who won't assimilate; and the ones who beat Gays and rape non-Muslim women for not being covered up. He is also very much against the ones who kill their own daughters and sisters for their 'family honor'.
    .
    absurd thought -
    God of the Universe says
    don't criticize religions

    just use Christian words
    substitute for Islam's words

    .
    here's an absurd thought -
    your Supreme God knew
    Jesus as a pedophile

    and a raping terrorist
    converting slaves by the sword
    .
    Muslims are not a 'race' anyway, they are followers of a religion/ideology and its Sharia Law. Most Muslims aren't even Arabs, which by the way, is also not a 'Race'.

    But their duty is, according to their Koran, to spread Sharia law over the whole Earth. It might take 100-200 years, if they succeed.

    Is that the kind of world we want for our great-grand childrens' great-grand children? A Taliban Planet? I bet not. Muslims are the biggest victims of Islam. Wilders is NOT against Muslims, he is against Islamic Fundamentalism.

    We all should read the Koran, but be careful, for the Koran prohibits non-Muslims from reading it. I wonder why.

    This is BIG, this is REAL BIG! SPREAD THE WORD to the world everyone! The EU Mandarins have crossed the line! If this goes to court, how much more of the public will become aware of this tyranny?
    All real freedom starts with freedom of speech. If there is no freedom of speech, then there can be no real freedom.

    The Christians and Jews don’t riot when somebody makes fun of Christ or Jews. People must learn to be civilized, and held to account when they are not. Muslims included.

    Geert Wilders is a hero spreading the painful truth. He MUST be protected!
    .
    here's an absurd thought -
    your Supreme God says
    Christians are a race

    who love the Jewish race
    and the peaceful Buddhist race

    .
    absurd thought -
    God of the Universe wants
    Sharia Law for ALL

    submit to glorious life
    slavery and servitude

    .
    absurd thought -
    God of the Universe says
    outlaw self-defense

    exposing violent crimes
    shall be deemed hate speech

    .
    absurd thought -
    God of the Universe says
    decide to change your race

    just simply change religions
    your religion is your race

    USpace
    .
    All real freedom starts with freedom of speech. Without freedom of speech there can be no real freedom.
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    Philosophy of Liberty Cartoon
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    Help Halt Terrorism Today!
    .

    :)
    .

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