Until Geert Wilders published his redesign of the Saudi flag here a couple of weeks ago, I was not aware that he had a brother. Then a man named Paul Wilders began posting comments on that post. Later he returned to say more on the Dutch-language version of Geert Wilders’ open letter to Pope Francis.
When other commenters referred to him as “Geert’s brother”, at first I thought it was a hoax. But as far as I can determine (not being able to read Dutch), Paul Wilders is in fact Geert Wilders’ brother. I’m told he’s nine years older than Geert, and that they do not talk to each other. The elder Wilders brother also has a blog.
In a comment on the open letter, Paul Wilders left a link to his post at Dutch Politics about his brother’s decision to publish material at Gates of Vienna. The machine translation of the piece was inadequate, but its repeated references to Anders Behring Breivik piqued my interest. Knowing that Fjordman would also be interested, I requested a manual translation.
Many thanks to Michael Laudahn for doing the job. The translator includes this note:
I hadn’t known that Geert Wilders has a brother (he looks similar, see this video from Pauw & Witteman), nor that he posts against his famous brother (and the fact that blogs like yours publish him…), nor that the media abuse the situation — but with possibly little or even adverse effect. Just see what he has to say: one ‘ingenious’ thought, and he manages to make a complete article of it, filled with repetitions (even using the same words and terms over and over again).
The translated post from Dutch Politics, with a couple of phrases bolded for further attention:
Gates of Vienna is an ominous platform
by Paul Wilders
Everyone who wishes to spread his message has a vast number of options at his disposal. In doing so, it is only natural to choose a platform as unquestionable as possible. And if only to prevent any appearance of critical association. After all, who would wish to be associated with Anders Behring Breivik? Geert Wilders does not seem to have any problems with that…
The atrocities committed by Anders Behring Breivik are still in everyone’s memory, as if they had happened yesterday. Rightly so, the massacre of a vast number of adolescents committed by him shocked the world, and continues to do so.
What maybe not everyone knows is that Breivik was — and very probably continues to be — an ardent fan of Gates of Vienna, a blog of very ominous contents. Furthermore, Breivik participated actively, looked for encouragement and found it at Gates of Vienna. ‘The Gates’’ owner himself claims that in 2008, Breivik was reinforced several times in his inhumane and gruesome imaginings, and ultimately his acts.
This is a fact which simply everyone knows who is familiar with Gates of Vienna. Now to the root of the matter. Knowing this, Geert Wilders chose purposefully this very same platform to publish his ‘Open letter to his holiness pope Francis’. This same Geert Wilders who turned away and distanced himself from… Anders Behring Breivik, with as much certainty as possible in all the media, in all tonalities possible. This does grace him.
Furthermore, what provokes more question marks is Wilders’ purposeful choice to purposefully [sic — twice purposeful/doelbewust] choose Gates of Vienna as a platform to spread his message. So on the one hand to totally turn away in words from Anders Behring Breivik and his inhumane massacre, on the other hand to intentionally use the platform where the same Breivik obtained his motivation to spread his message. Could you please explain? Innumerable digital media are standing in line to publish whatever ‘open letter’ by Wilders. And which one does he choose? The platform which gave Breivik all the space and reinforced his convictions – ultimately leading to a massacre. This should be some food for thought…
Clearly, Gates of Vienna is not more or less than a very ominous platform for publishing whatever message. That much should be clear by now, seen the more than evident relation to Anders Behring Breivik. That Geert Wilders still purposefully chose this platform to publish his digital brainchild is at least food for thought.
Preaching in front of his own parish no matter what, supported by a broad audience? This is certainly allowed at any time. In the light of the information received above it is up to you to reach your own judgement. Just get going.
The description of Anders Behring Breivik as an “ardent fan” of Gates of Vienna is disingenuous at best. Anyone who actually read his manifesto — and few chose to do so — would have discovered that Mr. Breivik was unhappy with our blog, Fjordman, the EDL, and all the other prominent figures in the Counterjihad movement. From his point of view, we didn’t go far enough: we didn’t advocate violence, as he did.
One would think that such a distinction would be crucial. But apparently it isn’t, not in the mind of a dedicated Progressive.
Note: when Mr. Wilders says that Breivik was “reinforced several times” at our blog, he is referring to the two unremarkable comments that the Butcher of Utøya left back in 2008. Which comments, I might add, were discovered by me and republished here in July 2011 without any lefty having to point them out to me. Readers are invited to follow the link and read the comments, and then make up their own minds about how alarming they are.
I don’t have anything else to say about Paul Wilders’ post. His reiterated phrases may speak for themselves.