The Show Trial of Geert Wilders – Part 1


The following was written by Babs Barron, first published on Faith Freedom International:

Definition -
show trial - a trial held for show; the guilt of the accused person has been decided in advance.

Some background:

Geert Wilders is a Dutch politician who is outspoken about the influence of Islam in Dutch society, a point of view which has attracted much support there as well as opprobrium.

Wilders has campaigned to stop the "Islamisation" of Holland. He compares the Qu'ran with Mein Kampf in terms of the violence it advocates against Jews and other non-Muslims who refuse to convert to Islam, and has campaigned to have the book banned in Holland. Even more contentiously, he advocates ending immigration from Muslim countries, and supports banning the construction of new mosques. He was a speaker at the "Facing Jihad" Conference, in Jerusalem in 2008, which discussed the dangers of jihad, and has called for a hard line against what he called the "street terror" exerted by minorities in Dutch cities. His controversial 2008 film about his views on Islam,
Fitna, received international attention and placed his life in danger from Islamists.

Wilders has been quoted as saying about Islam, and the reader will note the distinction made between Islam as an ideological system and Muslim people:

"Islam is not a religion, it's an ideology, the ideology of a retarded culture. I have a problem with Islamic tradition, culture, ideology. Not with Muslim people."

And about the Qu'ran:

"The Koran (sic) is a fascist book which incites violence. That is why this book, just like [Adolf Hitler's] Mein Kampf, must be banned. The book incites hatred and killing and therefore has no place in our [Dutch] legal order."

He is not alone in his perception of and conclusions about the Qu'ran. Dr Wafa Sultan, in her book "A God Who Hates" writes:

"…God, as described in the Koran…is highly strung, violent by temperament, lacking in foresight, capricious, fearful of being disobeyed or gainsaid. His fear is reflected in the nature of his commands, and he attacks without mercy and avenges himself evilly upon those who rebel against him …." (p174)

Elsewhere in the book she takes the longest chapter of the Qu'ran ("The Cow" 2:1 – 286) and points out that kill and its derivatives appears at least twenty-five times in a chapter which is no more than fifty pages long.

The difference between the circumstances of Dr Sultan and those of Geert Wilders is that Sultan lives in the USA, where freedom of expression is still prized, whereas Wilders lives in a country where Islam has been allowed to make its presence felt in a combative, threatening way. Dutch laws cannot, will not protect him from the threats against his life because he spoke out against the influence of Islam in Holland but allows those who threaten him to walk free. The Dutch record in that regard is woeful:

Pym Fortuyn, Wilders' friend and a fellow politician, was murdered for expressing negative views about Islam, as was Theo Van Gogh, another friend of Wilders, who made a film about the treatment of women in Islam. Mohammed Bouyeri shot Van Gogh eight times as he was cycling to work in the early morning of 2 November 2004, and Van Gogh died on the spot. He also tried to decapitate him with one knife and stabbed him in the chest with another. The two knives were left implanted; one attached a five-page note to his body. The note (translated at the link) threatened Western countries, Jews and Ayaan Hirsi Ali (who went into hiding). It also referred to the ideologies of the Egyptian organization Takfir wal-Hijra.

The Trials

Dutch prosecutors, as far back as June 2008, had initially refused to bring charges against Wilders, arguing that he was protected by the right to freedom of speech and that he had spoken out not against Muslims per se, but against the threat to Dutch society posed by the growing assertiveness of Islam in Dutch political and social life. Nevertheless on 4th October 2010, Wilders went on trial in Amsterdam charged with "sowing hatred" after an Appeals Court ruling. The nonsensical nature of such a trial on such a charge was pointed up by Soern Kern.

That first trial unexpectedly collapsed in disarray on its final scheduled day of hearings after Dutch newspapers reported that Tom Schalken, one of the judges who had ordered Wilders to stand trial, had dinner with Hans Jansen, a leading Dutch expert on Islam who also happened to be a defense witness. Jansen said that Schalken had improperly tried "to convince me of the correctness of the decision to take Wilders to court." (An English-language translation of Jansen's accusations can be found here.)

After the allegations about Judge Schalken's behaviour came to light, Wilders' counsel asked the court to summon Jansen so that he could be questioned and cross-examined, but the court refused. In response, Wilders' counsel formally protested that the judges were biased against the defendant and should be dismissed; he also called Schalken's contact with Jansen "scandalous."

A separate review panel was then convened to consider the complaint, which it upheld by ordering a retrial with new judges. Judge G. Marcus said the panel understood Wilders' "fear that the court's decision displays a degree of bias ... and under those circumstances accepts the appeal." At the time, Wilders — who had called the trial a farce, a disgrace and an assault on free speech — welcomed the decision, saying: "This gives me a new chance with a new fair trial."

At the same time the prosecution renewed their requests for the case to be dropped. In spite of this, however, on 23rd May 2011 presiding judge Marcel van Oosten refused their requests saying Wilders' "right to presumption of innocence had not been violated."

The trial proceeded smoothly from then on, although natural justice and proper procedures had been and were still being circumvented or ignored, see below 1. Finally on 1st June 2011 Wilders made his final speech to the court.

The court's verdict is awaited shortly. Given the three ring circus aspect of the trial, Wilders may well be found guilty and if so could face prison and a large fine. The implications of a guilty verdict for freedom of speech and thought in Holland and elsewhere in Europe and the West are almost too dire to contemplate. The conduct of this case from beginning to end offers yet more evidence, if evidence is needed, of the double standards which obtain in the West about Islam, where a supremacist ideology is allowed to engage in hate speech and violence almost without let or hindrance just because it feels that it is not sufficiently respected, and yet is allowed to stifle disagreement by using the protection of Western democratic process, which it openly rejects, to defend itself against the consequences of what it has said and how it behaves.


Wilders' counsel was not allowed to cross examine Hans Jensen, a Dutch expert on Islam, about his allegation that he had been approached by one of the trial judges, Tom Schalken, and about other aspects of the trial which had discussed, actions which were in themselves inappropriate.

Also at that first trial, before the judges were finally replaced because of Schalken's inappropriate behaviour, Wilders' counsel had requested that they be removed and announced that Wilders would maintain his right to silence throughout the trial unless they were. Jan Moors, the then presiding judge then noted that Wilders had been accused of being "good in taking a stand and then avoiding a discussion" of the issue. "By remaining silent, it seems you're doing that today as well," he said. The judge had no right to voice such an opinion.


Wilders' counsel requested 18 witnesses in his defence. These witnesses fell into three categories: renowned legal experts on freedom of speech; experts on Islamic ideology; and jihadist “experiential experts,” such as the killer of Theo van Gogh. The first category of witnesses would argue that harsh critique or rejection of a religious group by a politician is legal, as long as there is a factual basis and a public interest in the things he says. The second category of experts would state that the Koran and Islam form a violent and totalitarian ideology. The third group of witnesses would testify they observe Islamic law by practicing jihad. The court rejected all but three of the eighteen, including the entire third group, (of which one was to have been Mohammed Bouyerie, the convicted murderer of Theo Van Gogh). The testimony of those accepted, which included Dr Wafa Sultan, was heard in camera.

By hearing so few experts on Islam, the court showed no interest in learning the facts about the religion which could define Islam as a totalitarian threat to Dutch open society. This would have given Geert Wilders the legal right to speak out against it outside of parliament.


Anonymous 9:35 AM  

It is the Western Left and the Politically Correct West that facilitates the absurdity of the Geert Wilders trial.

To catch a glimpse of the intellectual monstrosities that the Western Left and the Politically Correct West nurture one can hardly do better than read Joseph Massad’s “Under the cover of democracy”.

(Al Jazeera, that Black Hole of cosmic proportions calling ‘kettles and pots’ black would of course figure in this.)

Massad is Associate Professor for Modern Arab Politics and Intellectual History at Columbia University in New York.


This is Marx meets Islam – well sort of!

Beneath Massad’s Marxist vocabulary is an Islamic heart and soul.

Figuratively speaking, Massad is an “Islamic Wolf in Marxist Sheep Clothing”!

From his professorial seat he liberally spices his articles with the emotive words of “colonialism”, “imperialism” … and wait for it … “Apartheid”.

The ironies are as abundant as atoms in the universe …

That Islam is a supremacist ideology intent on promoting global jihad makes it the most imperialistic phenomenon on the Planet today.

Being imperialistic it cannot therefore but also be … colonialist!

And being supremacist (non-Muslims are lesser people in the Eyes of Islam) it cannot but be an Apartheid system, the worst that the world has yet to know!

In the Islamic hierarchy:

Level 1:Muslims, supreme like the Whites of Apartheid South Africa;

Level 2:Jews and Christians, as People of the Book, would be like the Indians and Coloureds were in Apartheid South Africa - a well defined rung lower and powerless;

Level 3:The remaining non-Muslims would be at the lowest level, and worse off than the Blacks were in Apartheid South Africa!

Nonetheless, the Politically Correct West and the Western Left will swallow all that Massad has to say – in this respect he is also a Kaa of Islam, and like Rudyard Kipling’s Kaa, will mesmerise the Western PC and Leftist intelligentsia.

Anonymous 12:35 PM  

Can we expect more and more Geert Wilders show trials?

Yes, looking at more of the intellectual contraptions built by the likes of Joseph Massad we can be sure to see more and more of this negative energy.

See: “The future of the Arab uprisings”:

Perhaps Massad sincerely strives to be Marxist, although his Islamic and Arabic ‘heart and soul’ will always trump his Marxist wannabe-ism!

In this next tirade against the West, he conveniently omits like all Western Leftists, do to fully contextualise the Cold War.

Communism built a pile of corpses in the 20th Century, especially via Stalin and Mao, that tower well above that of the Nazis!

Collectively Stalin and Mao are estimated to have caused the deaths of many tens of millions of people – the exact number will never be known.

Back then it was Communism that was politically correct.

In the Korean War the war crimes committed by the Communists were dismissed in the same way that the war crimes committed by Islamists are dismissed today.

The same dismissal happened in the Vietnam War.

Try and find any account of war crimes committed by the Vietcong on Al Jazeera or even RTV, Russia’s tv service to the West! All you see is My Lai … the only atrocities performed were seemingly by the Americans!

Various militant left wing groups in Latin America got away with cold-blooded murder and still do.

Che Guevara, a cold blooded murderer, is a hero amongst the Western Left. If he had been wearing a US military uniform he would have been tried for war crimes over and over again!

Instead he is romanticised in the film, Western produced, “The Motor Cycle Diaries”.

Back then it was the ‘Global Jihad’ of Communism that the West had to defend itself against.

Fortunately, Communism is a godless ideology so eventually when it failed in its delivery of Utopia, The People simply gave up on it. There is no imaginary god to pray to!

Today it is the Global Jihad of Islam that threatens the West.

No international court of law is taking stock of the civilians deliberately maimed and killed by Islamists, including the various Palestinian militants.

It seems that as long as the atrocities are performed in the name of anti-imperialism or anti-Zionism it is all fine and (somehow) excusable.

In suppressing its “Arab Spring” revolution Syria has already killed far more civilians (directly and deliberately) than the Israelis did in Gaza via the collateral effect of aerial bombardment.

And they have not stopped yet!

Robert Fisk does some lip service wrist slapping as a pretence but that is about it … Syria is an inconvenience as there is no West that can be criticised for it.

So today it is okay if Islamists kill, in the same way that it used to be okay if Communists killed.

Massad, like all the intelligentsia of the Left would do, conveniently omits all of this in his anti-West tirade.

With the Robert Fisks and Massads of this world in endless supply, we will see more and more of Geert Wilders show trials!

Anonymous 12:50 AM  

To understand how the Geert Wilders show trial has and can come about we need to sharpen our perspective on the Enemy within.

The Mission Statement of the Axis of Logic, a Western based group of writers, has this to say:

“The Enemy:

We identify "Corporate Global Empire" as our common foe and the enemy of the people. We believe that all current, viable political parties in the U.S. are in service to the empire and do not represent the people.”

That is it! That is the Enemy as far as they are concerned!

Infected by the Leftist-Memeplex, the Root of all Evil as far as these writers and like-minded ones are concerned, is the US (and by default the West).

In describing it as “our common foe and the enemy of the people” the Mission Statement makes common cause with all who are anti-West, not just the leftovers of the Communist Era (Cuba, North Korea) but by default Islamists as well.

In this self-contradictory statement they express their worldview:

“Our world view consists of ideals for world peace; democracy (i.e. self-governance by the people); self-determination of all nations (people); respect for national sovereignty; noninterference in the domestic affairs of any nation by foreign governments; fair and just economic systems; responsibility for the preservation and protection of nature and compassion for ourselves and our fellow human beings.”

How they believe they can unite with jihadists to fight against the “common foe” and preserve their worldview is mind-boggling.

Like the Left was destroyed by the Iranian Islamic Revolution these naïve, gullible left wing idealists would find themselves in a similar outcome if they do not reconsider the nature of the “common foe”.

In the meantime they will perpetuate the mind disease of political correctness and the unrealistic view of the “common foe”.

Hence those who seek to raise levels of sanity like Geert Wilders will be tormented for speaking the truth!

Like a Left Wing version of the Spanish Inquisition!

Vested business interests, wherever they occur, should be dealt with not with ball bearings and nails spraying Death indiscriminately in public spaces, not by donning Che Guevara fatigues and executing "collaborators" (poor peasants) as Guevara did - but through mass passive consumer resistance alla Gandhi.

To some extent, Wael Ghonim, if he can overcome his Islamic bondage, showed the way.

Unsung is Avaaz - the Internet petitioning website that has saved many lives already from being stoned to death or killed for being gay.

Anonymous 3:25 AM  

Here comes the American Muslim attack on us.

Sheila Musaji not only trying to smear Raymond Ibrahim but also creating an index of "islamophobes".

Her inclusion of Ayaan Hirsi Ali as one of the "islamophobes" says all we need to know about Sheila Musaji.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is arguably the single greatest feminist in history ... Musaji should rather focus on her crazy clitoris clipping/infidel beheading co-religionists instead of criticising "islamophobes".


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