Based on this article from De Telegraaf, the Netherlands may be turning into the anti-Denmark.
The Dutch government is now considering how it might assuage offended Muslim sensibilities by banning the movie that offends them before it is even shown.
If they carry out their plan, the Dutch will have fully revealed their hand, and demonstrated that the country that was once a beacon of liberty and tolerance has descended into the darkness of tyranny, censorship, dhimmitude, and — yes — submission.
Our thanks to our expatriate Dutch correspondent H. Numan, who brought this article to our attention, translated it, and accompanies it with his own commentary:
Possible ban on Wilders movie
The Hague — The cabinet is examining legal possibilities for banning the anti-Koran movie by Geert Wilders before it is be shown. Thus reported sources close to the council of ministers.
The Country Solicitor [Land Advocaat] mapped legal grounds to ban Wilders’ movie. A court case would not have to be a lost case, due to pressure from abroad. Therefore, the government can ask the court to ban the movie for reasons of state security and public order. Even though a preventive ban didn’t get ministerial approval last Friday, the idea hasn’t been swept from the table, according to insiders. Within the cabinet opinions are divided whether or not Wilders should be muzzled beforehand.
Within the PvdA [labor or socialist] party there is resistance against this idea. Amongst others, vice prime minister Bos points to freedom of speech, and wants to act harshly afterwards. Legal advice for this has already been obtained. The PvdA leader points to the responsibility of Mohammedan nations to prevent violence directed at the Netherlands.
More support for a preventive ban can be found within CDA [Christian democrats] circles. Besides the prime minister, minister Verhagen (Foreign Affairs) is also scared to death of the many ominous reports. Information provided by the intelligence services points to serious dangers for Dutch nationals and companies in a number of Mohammedan nations. Danger also exists within our national borders.
Nevertheless, opinions vary throughout the parties. PvdA Ter Horst (Internal Affairs) and Koenders (Development countries) would like a preventive ban. Koenders had to cancel a trip to Somalia due to security risks.
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Last Friday Prime Minister Balkenende painted a very grim picture around the Wilders movie. The cabinet considers terrorist attacks and economic sanctions likely, and even murders are not impossible. Despite this, the PM only pointed Wilders to his responsibility. That the Wilders movie is monitored very closely within Mohammedan nations was proved last weekend. In Afghanistan hundreds of people marched the streets to protest against this movie, a movie nobody has seen as yet. The same events happened earlier in Pakistan.
Commentary by H. Numan:
Some nations can be proud about their past and present. Denmark comes to mind. The government didn’t cave in, no matter how much pressure was placed on them. Freedom of speech is something very valuable to the Danes. The king stayed in his country during WW2, and almost no Jews were handed over to the German occupying authorities.
Other nations are not allowed to be proud about their past and can certainly not be proud about their present. The Netherlands comes to mind. The queen fled the country during WW2, and practically the whole Jewish community was rounded up and handed over to the Germans by the Dutch themselves.
This is rather ironic: the present mayor of Amsterdam, Job Cohen, is selling his city over to the muslims. His father and grandfather were key members of the Jewish Council (Joodse Raad) who arranged for Dutch Jews to be transported to Germany. A coincidence?