Geert Wilders, the leader of the Party for Freedom (Partij voor de Vrijheid, PVV) in the Netherlands, debated the Dutch prime minister in parliament today (video, in Dutch). Below is the English translation of his speech.
Geert Wilders in Parliamentary Debate with Dutch Prime Minister: “We See a Cowardly Cuddling of Islam”
Exactly four weeks ago today, I stood here on behalf of the PVV group and expressed my anger about the incompetent anti-terrorism policies of the cabinet. I called on the government to wake up. To recognize Islam as the cause of the terror and the misery. To close our borders. To halt Islamization. To let Jihadists leave or a least imprison them. And to never allow them to return to the Netherlands.
Meanwhile, four weeks have passed and no progress has been made. Nothing has improved, the situation only became worse. The Netherlands is facing the biggest threat since World War II and the government policies are still being characterized by amateurism and an incredibly dangerous political correctness.
When last summer Muslims paraded with ISIS flags through the streets of The Hague and screamed “Death to the Jews”, there was no cabinet minister to be seen, and the Mayor of The Hague, a VVD member, refused to return from his holiday in France. And now, when without any violence there is a protest against a mosque in Leiden, Minister Asscher hurries to Leiden and within three minutes the Mayor of Leiden expressed his indignation.
What we see are double standards, a selective indignation, a cowardly cuddling of Islam.
Meanwhile, the government is providing extra support to Islam in the Netherlands. As if nothing has happened. As if the problem in our country is that we have not enough Islam in the Netherlands. In Gouda they are now allowed to build a mega-mosque. With a genuine apartheid wall around it, so that the Muslim men with their beards do not have to confront any female legs. Ludicrous!
This country seems to be governed by lunatics. And the judiciary is equally crazy. You know that my party is of the opinion that jihadis should be allowed to leave. Good riddance. Away from here. Deprive them of their nationality and let them never return.
But if, as the government unwisely insists on doing, if you absolutely want to keep them here, and you catch them red-handed in a car with a trunk filled with battle gear, then at least you should assume that they will be imprisoned for thirty years on bread and water. Not so in the Netherlands.
In the Netherlands we have judges who first tell Hakim and Mohammed: “No ankle monitor for you because it makes it difficult for you to exercise. And afterwards, we acquit you because those farewell letters, walkie-talkies, balaclavas and combat clothing were just intended for a skiing holiday in Syria.”
The Alexander Pechtold Award for the most politically-correct silliness of 2015 has already been won by the court in Arnhem.
Meanwhile, this government is still refusing to acknowledge that Islam, this sick ideology of Allah and Muhammad, this ideology of hatred and violence, is the cause of all the misery and terror. Everyone who is critical or even dares to be critical about Islam or its so-called prophet Muhammad, depicts him in a cartoon, ridicules or insults him, signs his death warrant. That these are not empty threats we have recently seen in Paris.
Research now reveals that there are as many as 100,000 Muslims in the Netherlands who in their faith find justification to use violence. We already knew that 80% of the Turkish youths in the Netherlands consider violence against Christians, Jews and non-believers to be OK. And that three quarters of those who leave to wage jihad are Moroccans.
And meanwhile, according to the Spanish police, 30,000 to 100,000 European Muslims have joined the Islamic State. Thousands of them have already returned. It is a major problem that they can enter the Netherlands without any difficulties. Because we refuse to guard our borders. Because the government refuses to protect our borders. Because the external borders of Europe, too, are full of holes.
As long as we keep our borders open, even increasing the budget of the intelligence services tenfold would not be sufficient to allow to follow all these people. What is needed, Mister Rutte, is that we leave the Schengen borderless zone, that we regain control of our own borders and not allow jihadis to enter our country again. As long as the cabinet does not want to do that, at least imprison all those jihadis. And if it cannot be done by using criminal law, introduce administrative detention and lock them up by using administrative law.
Stop Islamization. Stop immigration. Stop the tsunami of asylum seekers. Do not allow the building of hate palaces, such as the Gouda mosque, anymore. Enough is enough!
And do me a favor. Allow Minister Opstelten to retire. He is a nice man. But grant him a pleasant old age. Something with a fishing rod or a stamp collection. Think of something. But let him leave the Ministry of Security and Justice.
Prime Minister, go to work. De-Islamize the Netherlands. Crack down on the source of terrorism. Do your duty. Act or resign!