Sunday, January 24
For those strong of heart-you'll need a strong stomach too..
The following speech, which I have excerpted, was forwarded to me recently. That such outrageous statements like these come my way mystifies me but I felt the need to comment.
Geert Wilders, Chairman, Party for Freedom, the Netherlands, at the Four Seasons, New York, introducing an Alliance of Patriots and announcing the Facing Jihad Conference in Jerusalem.
“I come to America with a mission. All is not well in the old world. There is a tremendous danger looming, and it is very difficult to be optimistic. We might be in the final stages of the Islamization of Europe. This not only is a clear and present danger to the future of Europe itself, it is a threat to America and the sheer survival of the West. The United States as the last bastion of Western civilization, facing an Islamic Europe . . . Let no one fool you about Islam being a religion. Sure, it has a god, and a here-after, and 72 virgins. But in its essence Islam is a political ideology. It is a system that lays down detailed rules for society and the life of every person. Islam wants to dictate every aspect of life. Islam means 'submission'. Islam is not compatible with freedom and democracy, because what it strives for is sharia. If you want to compare Islam to anything, compare it to communism or national-socialism, these are all totalitarian ideologies. . .
Dear friends, liberty is the most precious of gifts. My generation never had to fight for this freedom, it was offered to us on a silver platter, by people who fought for it with their lives. All throughout Europe , American cemeteries remind us of the young boys who never made it home, and whose memory we cherish. My generation does not own this freedom; we are merely its custodians. We can only hand over this hard won liberty to Europe 's children in the same state in which it was offered to us. We cannot strike a deal with mullahs and imams. Future generations would never forgive us. We cannot squander our liberties. We simply do not have the right to do so.
We have to take the necessary action now to stop this Islamic stupidity from destroying the free world that we know. ”
I found this speech beyond offensive. Speaking of extremist, This man is reviled as one in his own country. He was barred from entering the UK because of his racism. Dutch authorities tried to get his film Fitna, which links the Koran to terrorism, banned and no TV company would air it. As reported on the BBC "The Dutch MP had upset the Muslim world before Fitna by calling for a ban on the Koran and likening it to Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf."
Yes there are extremists in Islam, there are extremists in every religion. Terrorists have used them to justify their cause through out history, This is nothing new.
The claims that Islam is taking over Europe is hyperbole at best and racist at worse. To call all Moslems extremists is irresponsible and absurd. Most Moslems are appalled by terrorists appropriating their religion and there are plenty speaking out about it.
We should guard against intolerance and it's partner violence with reason, law and resolve, not with equally inflammatory language. As the last sentence of the message sent to me so ironically put it:
". . . it is so very important that we understand there is NO possibility of a coexistance with a culture that fervently believes they have a Divine Mission to EXTERMINATE all those who refuse to bow to the will of ISLAM”
This applies equally to the idiots who believe this horse shit.