March 19th , the Dutch Labor and conservative liberal parties in the ruling coalition of PM Mark Rutte were crushed in municipal elections in The Netherlands. They were looking for someone to blame for their debacle and seized upon a TV video of Geert Wilders’ election night remarks at a Hague campaign event. He was shown rousing Freedom Party members to address the societal and criminal problems occasioned by Islamization of Dutch Moroccans. The PVV loyalists at a Hague campaign rally were shown saying that country needed to have “fewer, fewer, fewer”, meaning Moroccans criminals.
That footage went viral pushed by the Dutch media and even promoted as race hatred by the Justice Minister who heads the Public Prosecutors Office. Dutch police were supplied with pre-filled Wilders compliant forms, prepared to deliver them to the homes of those requested them. There were even execrable graphic comparison of Wilders innocuous remarks with intercut footage of Hitler and Goebbels. A few PVV parliamentary delegation members left the party over the relentless criticism of Wilders.
As a result of the kerfuffle raised by the political losers in the March 19th municipal elections, Wilders answered unapologetically with a masterful repudiation of the press, ruling coalition Justice Minister and Labor and liberal Conservative party leaders.
Gates of Vienna (GoV) put up a post today of the translation of Wilders’ March 22nd press conference remarks, replete with his characteristic Churchillian phrasing, “To the last gasp of breath, I will always be heard”:
Geert Wilders, the leader of the Party for Freedom in the Netherlands, gave an historic speech on March 22, 2014.
He spoke out spontaneously, without a prepared text, before answering media questions. His remarks were prompted by the recent controversy over an incident when his supporters chanted a call for “fewer Moroccans”.
In the following video you’ll notice a poignant parallel the PVV leader’s words: one of his well-trained bodyguards stands behind him, constantly scanning the room in a professional manner, alert to the possibility that one of the thousands of people who want to kill Mr. Wilders may appear on the scene at any moment.
Many thanks to SimonXML for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling.
Watch the YouTube video of Wilders’ press conference:
We will be publishing a New English Review article about this latest outburst against the truth of Islamization in The Netherlands, “Geert Wilders Once Again Endures a Firestorm of Criticism”.
Note our concluding comments:
To paraphrase England’s Henry II regarding the fate of former boon companion, Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Beckett, the Dutch political and media establishment might say: “who will rid us of this upstart meddlesome blonde.” We hope that those Dutch folks who went to the polls on March 19th and gave the PVV victories in several smaller municipalities may be joined by others in the majority, who didn’t vote. That might provide the PVV with a victory in the May EU parliamentary elections. We have seen Wilders bounce back from previous episodes like a proverbial cat with nine lives. His Eurosceptic alliance partners, especially Ms. Le Pen in France, would deem that a stunning and well deserved turnabout. Wilders’ opinion poll standing may have temporarily been dented by the outbursts of his left liberal opponents in the Hague Parliament. However, the cogency of his warnings about Islamization of Holland through the Dar al Hijrah stealth Jihad strategy of mass Muslim immigration and the enormous cost to the nation still resonate.
It is left to Bat Ye’or who gave this closing comment in an email about this hateful episode unfairly targeting Wilders. In reply to this comment, “It would appear that the world has gone topsy turvy, morally.” she said, “Exactly, and this is called dhimmitude.”
EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on The New English Review.