Geert Wilders has made it into the American MSM. In an interview with Fox News, he had many interesting things to say about his views on Islam and his upcoming movie.
Some excerpts from the Fox article:
A Dutch politician known for his views against Islam plans to air a film he produced that is critical of the Koran, which he likens to Adolf Hitler’s hateful writings.
Parliamentarian Geert Wilders spoke to FOX News about the documentary, insisting the Muslim holy book is dangerous and should be banned.
“I believe the Koran is, indeed, ‘Mein Kampf.’ They are the same package,” Wilders said. “I believe that our culture is far better than the retarded Islamic culture.”
Wilders has around-the-clock guards protecting his life, and Dutch television is staying as far from the movie as possible. Wilders said he will release the film one way or the other, even if he has to post it on the Internet.
A number of people have said that the Netherlands is not like Denmark, so it will be interesting to see whether Mr. Wilders’ countrymen fall in behind him or shun him for his opinions.
The government, of course, is worried:
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Dutch authorities are worried about the 10-minute movie being shown, and for good reason:
Two years ago, outspoken filmmaker Theo van Gogh was shot, stabbed and nearly decapitated in Amsterdam over his film “Submission,” which portrayed abuse against women in the name of Islam.
Alaeddin Boroujerdi, head of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, promised widespread protests and a review of Iran’s relationship with the Netherlands if Wilders’ work is shown.
“If Holland will allow the broadcast of this movie, the Iranian parliament will request to reconsider our relationship with it,” Boroujerdi said, according to IRNA, the official Iranian news agency. “In Iran, insulting Islam is a very sensitive matter and if the movie is broadcasted it will arouse a wave of popular hate that will be directed towards any government that insults Islam.
One assumes that Iran is promising not just the Salman Rushdie treatment, but the full burning-cars-and-embassies intifada like the one provoked by the Motoons.
But Mr. Wilders will not be deterred:
Wilders calls his film “a call to shake off the creeping tyranny of Islamicization” and said it could air as early as this week on Dutch television.
“People who watch the movie will see that the Koran is very much alive today, leading to the destruction of everything we in the Western world stand for, which is respect and tolerance,” Wilders, the 41-year-old leader of the right-wing Party for Freedom, said last month in a telephone interview with FOXNews.com.
“The tsunami of Islamicization is coming to Europe. We should come to be far stronger.”
Five months ago, he called for the Koran to be outlawed in the Netherlands.
“I believe our culture is much better than the retarded Islamic cultures,” he told FOXNews.com. “Ninety-nine percent of the intolerance in the world comes back to the Islamic religion and the Koran.”
Notice that the Dutch government blames Geert Wilders if the Muslims get mad enough at him to do their usual number:
The Dutch government has publicly warned him about the potential for violence at the completion of his film and has expressed concern over his personal safety and expressed concerned about peace within the country and interests abroad.
And some fine words from the prime minister:
Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende said the Netherlands is ready to act quickly if the film causes unrest.
“The government will not tolerate such a situation. We are engaged in combating extremism and terrorism. We are working to right wrongs. We champion the cause of both freedom and respect. These are principles we will always defend. This country enjoys a long tradition of freedom of expression, religion and belief.”
Fasten your seat belts, Europe. The next few weeks may prove to be a pretty wild ride.