Marked for Death: Islams War Against the West and Me
June 11, 2012
If destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen we must live through all time, or die by suicide. (President Abraham Lincoln, 1838)
Who is this man who is living under the shadow of death? What did he do to deserve such outrage that he now must live as a fugitive in his own country, the Netherlandsa country that prides itself in being tolerant and freedom-loving? Here is a short list of the things that are said about Geert Wilders.
Shooting the Messenger
And so it went. Even Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and the European Union condemned Wilders for showing Fitna. The EU warned that it will serve no other purpose than inflaming hatred.
Wilders troubles only got worse. He was faced with numerous legal cases about Fitna. One of the cases was filed by Sheikh Fawaz Ineid, who had cursed Theo van Gogh and asked Allah to make him suffer in a sermon a few weeks before van Gogh was murdered. The Sheikh had also cursed Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a colleague of Wilders, imploring Allah to give her brain and tongue cancer.
In June 2008, the public prosecutors office in Amsterdam decided that Wilders would not be prosecuted for Fitna or any other statement about Islam and the Koran. It explained that statements may be hurtful and offensive to Muslims but they are not of a punishable nature.
Many objected publicly, including Mohamed Rabbea of the Green Left Party who compared Wilders attitude toward Muslims to the Nazis persecution of Jews. In January 2009, the Court of Appeal in Amsterdam ordered a retrial. This began on January 20, 2010 in the Criminal Court in Amsterdam after many delays, including the disqualifying of the first panel of judges, on June 23, 2011, this Court acquitted Wilders of all charges of hate speech.
A Bitter Irony
This was a major victory for freedom of speech in the Netherlands, but it did nothing to restore Wilders personal freedom and living conditions. He still lives like a prisoner in his own country. For that to change, a far more drastic change is needed in the Netherlands.
Marked for Death, with a foreword by Mark Steyn, provides the reader with a close-up look at the impact of the Islamic immigration into Europe, first of all in the Netherlands, but also in France, Germany, Belgium, and Britain. It describes the creeping, often criminal expansion of Islamic influence, notably in the so-called no-go zones in many neighbourhoods, where the authorities refuse to enforce the law of the land.
There are heartbreaking stories of long-time Dutch residents who helplessly watch their once-safe neighbourhoods becoming rundown and unsafe, as for example, in Kanaleneiland, a suburb of Utrecht. The same thing is happening all over Europe.
This is an excellent, clearly written warning against the Islamization of the Netherlands and all of Europe. Wilders is the messenger bringing the bad news. For that he is demonized and forced to live like a prisoner in his own country.
There is a bitter irony here. The very fact that Wilders now lives with a fatwa of death on his head proves his point that Islam is not a religion of peace, as its apologists claim, but one of power and violence.
|This article originally appeared in Comment magazine, a journal founded by Harry Antonides. Find all of Harry’s pieces, and thousands more, at http://www.cardus.ca/comment|