Wilders furious with Balkenende after threats
Geert Wilders is angry about the lack of support from his political colleagues in The Hague.29 February 2008
AMSTERDAM - Geert Wilders is angry about the lack of support from his political colleagues in The Hague. On Wednesday Al Qaeda called for a jihad against the leader of the Freedom Party PVV.
"I had expected that Jan-Peter Balkenende would condemn the call from Al Qaeda, but he has done nothing at all. While the threat has been confirmed by the National Coordinator for Anti-terrorism. Where is the prime minister?" Wilders said in an interview with NU.nl.
"Reading in the newspaper headlines that a jihad has been called against you, that's something you don't wish even on your worst enemy. I've never experienced a threat like this before."
The Telegraaf reported on Wednesday that a posting on an Al Qaeda-affiliated website (al-ekhlaas.net) called for the PVV politician to be "slaughtered" for his insults to Islam and the prophet Mohammed.
Geert Wilders is outraged at the passive stance taken by Prime Minister Balkenende, who said in January that the Koran film could lead to a "serious crisis situation." "Balkenende announced a crisis while no one knows what the film contains."
"As an elected politician I am making use of democratic instruments within the framework of the law, while a group like Al Qaeda calls for undemocratic actions, like murdering people. It is scandalous that so much effort is being made to fight this film, it doesn't befit a prime minister," Wilders said. "The fear of the film's effects has ensured that Balkenende now stands far removed from his democratic values."
The PVV leader accuses his colleagues in Parliament of "complete disinterest" regarding the threats to his person. "If this were to happen to an MP like Jan Marijnissen then I would have gone to him. Rita Verdonk was the only one who sent me a text message wishing me strength. For the rest it has been worryingly silent."
Wilders says the film should be ready by 1 March. It is not yet known when it will be released however, it could be several weeks after this date.
[Copyright Expatica News 2008]