The Washington Times speaks for freedom loving people everywhere in calling for the acquittal of Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders, who is on trial in the Netherlands for “incitement to hatred and discrimination.”
Even though he has made it clear on numerous occasions that his very public criticisms of Islam do not mean that he has a problem with ordinary Muslims and that most Muslims in Holland are law abiding citizens who just want to get on peacefully with their lives he has found himself in court because he dared to criticize an ideology that seeks to remove Western freedoms and have us all live under Sharia, e.g. Islamic law. Wilders hasn’t incited anybody to do anything…he has simply sounded a warning to us all and called for perfectly legal steps to prevent the further Islamization of Dutch society and the erosion and eventual elimination of Dutch values such as freedom of expression, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, equality of the sexes and other basic building blocks of Western societies which are totally opposite to what Islam is really all about.
Islamists have already made it dangerous for anyone to be critical of Islam in the public sphere and the Islamization of Western countries, including the United States, Canada and countries in Western Europe, has well and truly begun. It is no exaggeration to say that the West is in a battle for survival and that a victorious Islam will mean it’s demise and the end of freedom and our ability to think and act as independent human beings. We will all be forced to live under Islamic law, with horrific consequences if we don’t. That is why the Wilders trial is so significant. A conviction means that it would be verboten in the Netherlands to be critical of Islam and Islamization and that freedom of expression would no longer really exist there. The spillover effect on other Western countries would be chilling and enormous and Islam will be that much closer to bringing us all under it’s rubric.
On the other hand, coupled with the backlash which is already occurring and beginning to gather momentum, an acquittal would send a very clear message that we recognize the danger which Islam poses to our way of life, that we will not give up our hard won freedoms easily and that we will not commit cultural suicide, in the name of tolerance, multiculturalism, accomodation, political correctness or anything else. The Dutch would have said for everyone that totalitarian mindsets and systems such as Islam have no place in free societies and that we are willing to fight to keep them from taking us over.
A verdict is expected on November 4th. In the meantime The Washington Times should be congratulated for it’s editorial stance and Geert Wilders should be admired for his courage and prescience and for being the hero he is.