IN SEVERAL recent posts on Citizen Warrior, we talked about Geert Wilders (see the previous posts here, here, and here). We've got an update on the situation.
Geert was recently invited by Britain's Lord Pearson to show his film, Fitna at the UK's House of Lords, but when Geert arrived in Britain, he was denied entrance into the country and sent back to the Netherlands! Listen to an interview with him about it here (the link goes to a BBC article, but at the top of the page is an 11-minute interview with Geert).
He makes a good point in the interview: This is a simple freedom of speech issue. The UK government says it does not want Geert to come to the UK because he might "disrupt security." Which means they are afraid his presence will cause Muslims to riot, which means the threat of Muslim violence is silencing a legitimate European politician from speaking his mind or even coming into the country.
The public response and the governments' responses to Geert's film is pushing one of the most important issues into the forefront. The issue is what to do about the Islamic encroachment onto the freedoms we've come to take for granted in the free world, and it's an issue that must be resolved successfully if the West as we know it is to survive. If organized violence on the part of a small minority can intimidate the government into silencing critics of the source of that organized violence, we haven't got much chance of saving our civilization.
Even though Geert was barred from entering the country, the film's showing went ahead as planned at the House of Lords and received a positive response, with many calling for a debate on the issues raised by the film.
For more on the story, read this article from FrontPage Magazine: A Chamberlain Moment. Also, watch a short rant by Pat Condell on the incident.
Now, about Geert's case back in the Netherlands: His prosecution in the Dutch courts has mobilized the worldwide counterjihad movement. Here's a report from SITA:
[The protest against Geert's prosecution] is already a great success for the following reasons:
1) We were relayed/promoted by great sites, mainly American: Gates of Vienna, Act For America, Politically Incorrect (D), Faith Freedom International, Jihadwatch, International Free Press Society, Atlas Shrugs. (I have probably forgotten some) and also by a multitude of personal national sites: SITAmnesty, Bivouac-ID (Fr), Gudrun Eussner (D), Citizen Warrior (the USA), Up-Pompéii (U.K.), Actionsita (Fr), hodjasblog (DK), Galliawatch (the USA) … etc. A Google search for Geert "Winston" and Geert "Charlie" Wilders will show you clearly that it is a media success on the internet.
2) We have already gotten thousands of visits for the 2 articles "Winston" and "Charlie" and if one can believe it, the famous Dutch daily newspaper De Telegraaf has reported that hundreds of letters (and also e-mails) have come from many countries, arriving at the Court in Amsterdam as well as to the lawyer Spong, who has asked for police protection following the receipt of death threats. These threats, by the way, are detrimental to our cause because they give ammunition to our enemies. But all this makes a buzz around Wilders which was our intention. Statistics at this page.
What should we do next?
The lawsuit brought against Geert Wilders will go on for months and we must make sure our actions don't let up. It is not necessary for an enormous quantity of mail to arrive every day. A letter from time to time addressed to the Dutch authorities, to the 3 judges, to lawyer Spong and his collaborators will be enough under the terms of the principle of the snowflake: A flake on a roof nothing happens, two flakes … 10 flakes nothing happens, a multitude of flakes, nothing – but suddenly one flake more and the roof collapses. The letter that you send will perhaps be the letter that will make these dhimmis crack! (Get more information about the letter-writing campaign, including the mailing addresses, here.)
Call on all the bloggers to push this issue forward. You can do this whether you are a blogger yourself or not. Bloggers can keep articles about Geert on their home page to prevent the article from disappearing too quickly into the archives. Also encourage your favorite bloggers to publish a photograph of Wilders in their sidebar and link it to an article about Wilders. Thus the reader will be able not to forget Wilders and will be reminded to send a SITA-style letter from time to time. Another possibility is to republish regularly by copying/pasting an article of support each week or each month on the homepage of the blog.
We must give a large Thank You to all those who took part and contributed to make this action a great success. You can also make it last by watching out for articles about the lawsuit against Wilders (try Google News Alerts) and commenting on those articles in support of Geert, and maybe pasting a link to a supportive article.
Let's keep this issue alive. Talk to people about it. Geert Wilders' case is a specific example of the loss of one of our most important freedoms because of the pressure, intimidation, infiltration, and violence of Islamic supremacists. Let's make sure Geert's plight brings this important issue into a productive mainstream dialog, and let's use his trial to help us inform the many as-yet-unaware Westerners about the way Islamization takes away freedoms, one concession at a time.