Wilders trial begins
The trial of Geert Wilders for “inciting hatred and discrimination” against Muslims and non-Western immigrants began today in the Netherlands. It was a one-day session, broadcast on Dutch TV, the purpose of which was to set up the procedures for the actual trial which will commence on February 3. I have heard from a source that Wilders will bring forth 17 witnesses, and that the prosecution intends to have only one witness—Wilders himself. Apparently the prosecution believes that Wilders’s many statements about Islam are so obviously in violation of the law prohibiting the “incitement of discrimination” against protected groups that no other evidence is needed. And there I must admit that the prosecutors have a point. If you pass a law declaring that it is a crime to say that Islam is dangerous, then anyone who says that Islam is dangerous is a criminal. Anyone who speaks the truth about Islam’s calls to war against non-Muslims, indeed, anyone who simply quotes the Koran’s calls to war against non-Muslims, as Wilders does in the movie Fitna, is a criminal
Wilders seeks to reverse the entire premise of the law and to show that it’s Islam that should be on trial, not he.
Could anything be more hideously ironic than that a man who has lived constantly surrounded by security guards for the last five years to protect him from Muslim assassins is the one on trial for his supposed crimes against Muslims?
Could anything be more hideously ironic than that the Dutch government is trying to put in prison the man who just happens to be the leader of the opposition party and the most popular political figure in the country?
I will have much more to say about the Wilders trial in the coming weeks. But for now, just this. The more the Dutch government hear from people around the world who are disgusted by their persecution of a politician for speaking his mind about an issue that is vital to the Netherlands and to Western civilization as a whole, the more likely it becomes that they will back off their attempt to imprison Wilders. The Dutch government do not want to be despised. We have to tell them that they are making themselves despicable.
Regarding your point about writing to the Dutch government about the trial of Wilders, I just sent this letter to the Dutch Consulate in Los Angeles:
Posted by Lawrence Auster at January 20, 2010 08:06 PM | Send