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Wilders says Pentagon fears Europe destabilised by Islam

By Adriana Stuijt     Feb 28, 2009 in Politics
Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders was told by Pentagon officials that they 'feared for European stability due to the continent's rapid islamisation'. Wilders said this in an interview after a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, DC Friday.
Wilders received a warm reception in Washington Friday - in stark contrast to last month's chilly expulsion of the elected Dutch official by the British government. Yet only a week after this British treatment, he was given the Oriana Fallaci's Freedom of Speech award in front of a welcoming audience in Rome Italy.
The British wouldn't let the elected parliamentarian into their country to screen his antij-hadist-film Fitna at the House of Lords, where he had also been invited to hold a speech for the members of the United Kingdom Independence Party's peers in the House of Lords. see
The film features Koranic verses alongside images of Islamic terrorism. Wilders told the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf on Saturday that in contrast to his icy treatment by the Brits, 'his reception in the USA felt like a nice warm bath". During his stay in America this week, which included a meeting with lawmakers at the U.S. Capitol, his screenings of Fitna have provoked exactly what he'd hoped for: a great deal of public discussion and debate about the Free Speech issues he's been raising. see and see
Fitna movie cover.
Fitna movie cover.
Because he's living under a death-order, a Fatwa issued by Islamic leaders four years ago, he had to wear a bulletproof vest underneath his shirt, and was surrounded by a wall of security officials -- but he was able to appear in public. Wilders told the Telegraaf journalists that the US conservatives and even Pentagon officials he'd met this week, told him outright that they were deeply concerned about the rapid islamisation of Europe. see
"Pentagon officials told me that they fear for the stability of Europe of islam's influence spreads more and more.' He showed Fitna in five meetings - including at the prestigious LBJ chamber of the Capitol building.
"Imagine this,' he said, 'In the Netherlands, you end up in prison if you show the film, and in the USA, I'm welcomed in their parliament'. see
During his five-day visit, he gave scores of interviews, and appeared on CNN, Fox news and other top news outlets. In fact, never has any Dutch politician ever been given so much media attention until Wilders showed in in the USA this week.
Yesterday in his national press club speech, he also launched a full-frontal assault on the Dutch political elite: "My prosecution in The Netherlands is a left-wing attack in an attempt to keep islamists happy,' he said.
Referring to the latest opinion polls, showing that he would gain 25 seats in parliament and thus would become the second-largest party in The Netherlands - the coalition-ruling Christian Democrats have 27 seats -- he said that if his party gained hegemony of The Netherlands, there would be 'a stop on immigration from muslim countries'. "I'm a fighter and I don't believe I'll end up behind bars. But it's not about me," he told CBN News. "The question is: will free speech be put behind bars?"
Wilders' strong stance against Islam has come at a heavy price. For the past four years, he and his wife have lived under 24 hour police protection in a number of undisclosed locations. Many jihadists consider him Islam's number one enemy. Al Qaeda, for one, wants him dead.
So what drives him to endure such a difficult lifestyle?
"We have to fight for our freedom because Islam means the end of freedom," Wilders said. "It's a high price to pay. "And well, I manage because I have this mission. I have a lot of support for it and it gives me a lot of energy. I'm still a very positive man."
Some have criticized Wilders for calling for the ban of the Koran. He has compared it to Hitler's Mein Kampf--which was banned in Holland many years ago. It can only be studied by history students with special permission from the Dutch Justice ministry.
CBN News also asked him the question every journalist inevitably has been asking him: how he reconciles his support for a Koran ban with his tireless advocacy for free speech. Are the two viewpoints contradictory?
"We here have a book which is (comparable) to Mein Kampf," he said of the Koran. "It's also another book of a bad and totalitarian ideology. It is also full of incitement of violence and hatred. So if you, 20, 30 years ago were so happy to ban ... Mein Kampf, what about the Koran?"
If convicted of hate speech, Wilders faces up to two years in a Dutch prison. He told us he's confident he'll be acquitted, and that he "won't allow terrorists to chase him out of politics."His party, the Party for Freedom is confident his party will eventually gain the largest numbers of voters in the Dutch proportional voting system.
"Will we leave our children, will we leave Europe's children, the values of Rome, Athens and Jerusalem?"
Wilders asked an overflow crowd at the National Press Club in Washington Friday. "Or the values of Mecca, Gaza and Tehran?"
CBN News sat down with the Dutch parliamentarian before his appearance at the Press Club -- where he called for an international First Amendment that would repeal all hate speech laws.
Wilders says such laws stifle criticism of Islam. "If you are an Imam or a radical Muslim you can say 'kill the Jews,' or 'wipe Israel off the face of the earth,'" Wilders said. "You can say the most terrible things, and if you say it, you will be protected by law. But if somebody stands up and says 'hey, that is wrong, we have to fight all the crazy remarks of these Islamists,' you will be brought to court." see
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