The following article about Geert Wilders’ response to the recent attacks against him was published today in De Telegraaf. Many thanks to the PVV for sending this translation:
Wilders furious at ‘witch hunt’ after the Norwegian drama
“The ‘Left’ can get lost”
Geert Wilders is furious. The chairman of the Party for Freedom feels he is being demonized by left-wing politicians such as Dutch Labour party leader PvdA-leader Job Cohen. In no possible way has he contributed to a climate in which murderers such as Anders Breivik feel called upon to the urge to use violence, states Wilders. Right after the drama in Norway, Wilders disassociated himself of the murderer Breivik, who seems to nourish a fascination for right politicians such as Wilders. A few days ago Wilders sent a statement to the press as he remained under attack. Again he stated he did not have anything to do with Breivik (‘a lonely idiot’). Nevertheless, the pressure remained on the PVV-frontman to explain whether his words and ideas could be a stimulant breeding ground for loners such as Breivik. He received over 200 interview requests from the national and international press, says Wilders. He tells his story to the Dutch newspaper Telegraaf, from his holiday address.
Last week there was a ‘witch hunt’ against him, according to Wilders. “If a Muslim pleads a terrorist attack, it’s not the fault of Islam, according to the leftists; if a crazy maniac pleads an attack in Norway then the Freedom Party all of sudden takes it on the chin.”
The Freedom party PVV-leader feels that he should not be blamed for any of this. “Left-wing parties have grasped this opportunity to try to demolish the PVV and they demonize us with a morbid eagerness. But it’s all in vain — fortunately our voters have common sense knowledge and will not be talked into these lies from the left-wing parties. Our voters know that the PVV is against violence, only uses democratic means, and loathes what happened in Norway.” He said he does have any intention of explaining himself to these leftist politicians as he stated: “They can get lost. All of them”.
He even wants to even take it up a notch. “Islam is the biggest danger threatening our country and the free West. We have too much mass immigration from Islamic countries, and too many hate palaces — Cohen call them mosques, I believe — and immigrants are still overrepresented in the crime figures. Enough is enough.”
Wilders does not shun tough language during debates. Last week Cohen suggested that politicians should watch their words due to the far-reaching influence they could have. Wilders does not feel addressed by this statement. “I speak the truth concerning Islam and the enormous dangers of this violent totalitarian ideology.”
Wilders continues: “And the truth must be told, because the coddlers of Islam such as Cohen of the Party of the Arabs have caused these problems and systematically ignored them. Against Cohen and the rest of the ‘left’ Netherlands I say: Not my words, but your silence concerning the dangers of Islam has a negative influence. Not the discussion of the problems and the coming up with solutions of the Party for Freedom PVV, but your cowardly attitude to just turn your head away from problems, and the coddlers of Islam have worsened the problems!”
Wilders proposes to merely debate about the content. That he would incite hatred as critics reproach him, he calls nonsense. Whoever throws the ball can expect it to be thrown back?
“The truth is that the Islamisation of the Netherlands must be stopped. That is not inciting hatred, as the judge as a matter of fact also finds, but standing up for the Netherlands and our own culture and freedom, where Islam does not belong. Islam and freedom do not go together. Those are the facts, that is the truth. The truth is also that we have nothing to do with that psychopath from Norway and that we only want to reach our goals in a democratic and non-violent way. For this reason it is not a question of what goes around expecting to come around, throwing a ball and expecting it to be thrown back, but a fake political game of left-wing parties and other mentally disturbed people who try to exploit political popularity by abusing this terrible mass murder in Norway. How low can you go?”