Wilders furious with Balkenende after threats

29th February 2008, Comments 20 comments

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]

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  • asdf posted:

    on 5th March 2008, 23:38:05 - Reply

    John Doe,

    Your opinions of "Evil Islam" and numbers, some things should be set straight. Firstly, by "Islam" killing millions of people, do you mean Islamic states/kingdoms killing people or Muslim people?(extremely important) Also, how can you stereotype vastly varying ethnic, cultural, and even religious groups with the umbrella term "Islam." YOU should reread the Koran, reexamine the hadith, take a look at the different Islamic philosophical divisions, and then look at the actual interpretations of the Book between different groups that are scattered throughout the entire world.

    Also, if you want to talk death toll, destruction, genocide and other things, Christian states/kingdoms and/or Christian people already top Islam by a significant degree. You are forgetting that Islam is not the only belief with a potential for destruction, with Christian Inquisitions from the Americas to the Indian subcontinent, the destruction of the indigenous population of the Americas (where the population dropped by an estimated 100 million upon contact with Christian Europeans), numerous Christian European invasions and enslavement throughout the African continent (with accompanying massacres, think the dervishes, the Herero, and the Bantu), the massive Christian European crusades against the Seljuq Turks and Arabs of the Middle East(widespread rape, enslavement, and eradication of entire towns and cities), as well as invasions into South, Southeast, and East Asia (more of the same "civilized" European Christian behavior).

    This does NOT say that European Christians are absolutely evil nor that their faith, however misused, is also absolutely evil. Yet the death and depth of suffering they have inflicted is much greater than that inflicted by Islamic states and Muslim peoples, not to mention over a much longer period of time.

    The term "evil" is an easily, perhaps too easily, used word in painting others that we don't agree with. Take care with the sweeping generalizations and categories you would place millions of different peoples in, not to mention the individuals in within these peoples.

    And one more thing, where did you get the figure of 70 million for the killings of Hindus in the Mughal empire in the 17th century? It is much higher than other estimates I have seen (including those for Hindu Kush) and would have been almost half the population of the Mughal Empire at that time. No centralized nation (as the Mughal Empire was) would have survived the elimination of even a quarter of its population this way.
  • Blarfy posted:

    on 5th March 2008, 23:07:11 - Reply

    sounds like you're just trying to be cranky for the sake of being cranky. Wonderful. More power to you. In fact, please lock yourself in your home and refuse to come out until the world has changed to suit you. If more people in NL did that, it'd be a much more pleasant place. In any case, you and Wilders remind of the beginning of an American TV show. It goes like this...

    "You know the kind of guy who does nothing but bad things and wonders why his life sucks?..."
  • john doe posted:

    on 5th March 2008, 19:09:37 - Reply

    Verhagen and Balkenende are snivelling cowards and traitors. They are concerned about one thing only but they will never admit it. The filthy lucre. Holland's trade with Islamic countries, fascist totalitarian regimes like Saudi Arabia. The Dutch economy. Their SUV's and expensive lifestyles are more important to them than truth, freedom and beauty.They are shamefully compromised weaklings who are sleeping with the enemy for the sake of comfort. Fear is what motivates them. They are the problem..not Wilders.These dhimmis do not care about the Dutch people and human rights...not for a second. Anyone who genuinely loves freedom and equal rights and knows what Islam and the koran represents would support Wilders.
  • john doe posted:

    on 5th March 2008, 19:07:06 - Reply

    If you want to talk numbers, Islam has massacred 200 million people throughout its history and is still busy with it. That's double the total murdered by ccommunists. And who knows about and remembers the Hindu genocide by the Mughals in the 17th century....70 million.
    Religion? Political ideology? Who cares what people call it? It's evil. Stop defending the indefensible!
  • Johnny Reb posted:

    on 5th March 2008, 18:38:54 - Reply

    You're truly hysterical. Communism has destroyed more people en masse than any other movement or religion in recorded history. Just because you blather on about something... that doesn't make it true. By your token, I should be mad at NL for betraying many co-citizens during WWII and never having owned up to that fact or dealt with its history of collaboration.

    You may not think Islam is a religion, but most other people in the world recognize it as such. So, you can refuse to call a chicken but its name (chicken), and instead call it something else ('boogly woogly'), but it's still a chicken to everyone else.

    The idea that Wilders, who is by all accounts an idiot, knows some magical truth that everyone else is too stupid to figure out, and will reveal this truth on a website is pretty laughable. In and of itself, that sounds pretty cultish too.
  • john doe posted:

    on 5th March 2008, 15:49:44 - Reply

    Freedom of speech DOES mean insulting a so-called religion if you wish. Some people posting here have no idea what Islam truly is. They haven't read the core texts and are quite ignorant of the fact that every Muslim...moderate or radical...perceives it as the immutable, unchangeable word of God. It cannot be refuted or denied. Now if you actually read it,and don't wallow in denial, then you will see what it is. It is full of hate and violence. Mohammed was a mass murderer and preached hatred of Jews and Christians. And he was plenty more. This film by Wilders is absolutely necessary in order to highlight the fascist content of this book so that all the self deluding nitwits obsessing about racism, xenophobia and intolerance , can see what is really confronting our civilisation. Islam has a dark heart and is essentially intolerant,violent and expansionist ...it has murdered more people in 1400 years than any other ideology..even Communism.
  • Johnny Reb posted:

    on 4th March 2008, 23:01:48 - Reply

    It is the height of arrogance to assume that Wilders has a right to release this kind of garbage on YouTube or some other commercial platform. Why would they allow Wilders to trash their brands and marketing in large sections of the world for some kind of weird things that is not understood by anyone outside of NL?

    I fail to see why many Dutch people have become so pathological and xenophobic over the past few years... well, other than it being self-indulgent nastiness. It seems as if parts of society look for any excuse to get mad about stuff that happened to, well, other people. Sept. 11th happened in NY, the bombings in London and Madrid happened in, well, London and Madrid. Nothing's happened in NL. Yet it's NL society which is hopping mad and xenophobic while the other countries aren't.

    The anger and hysteria that's being wasted over this non-issue of a film would be better directed at the government and its arrogant and incompetent handling of society over the past few years. That, though, would actually mean changing things and being organized.

    It's much easier to demonize a group onto which all of society's problems are dumped. Wilders is doing just that, for his own advantage. The hapless Band of Balkie is willing to play its part, squawking ineffectively while raising taxes, fees and doing squat about the absolute mess at the Belastingdienst.

    The freedom of speech is not the freedom to insult.

    Dutch society is a society which has gone too far in its fuzzy liberal thinking. No one is responsible for anything, and there are no consequences for one's actions. It's truly bizarre that there are higher fines for not being able to speak a language here than for a real crime.

    What ever happens with this Wilders garbage, no good will come of it. Perhaps voters need a spell of this goon in government before they'll see reality.
  • Jelengar posted:

    on 4th March 2008, 02:31:59 - Reply

    I can only agree with John Doe. When we will give in to the threats of talibans, we can kiss goodbye our freedom. Look! One doesn't fight book, or film with Jihad. Figt the book with book! Fight the film with film!

    I don't believe that Gert Wilders will tell me anything new what I wouldn't know long time before. But I strongly believe that we have the right and FREEDOM to see what Wilders is willing to tell us. Only afterwards we can agree or disagree. And that's all. We only have right to agree or diasgree. An dthta's it.

    Few days ago I got next message from my friend:

    A German's point of view on Islam'
    by Dr. Emanuel Tanay, Psychiatrist

    A man whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism.

    'Very few people were true Nazis 'he said,' but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So,
    the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come.

    My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.' We are told again and again by
    'experts' and 'talking heads' that Islam is the religion of peace and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace.

    Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better and meant to somehow diminish the spectra of the fanatics rampaging
    across the globe in the name of Islam.

    The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder or honor kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals.

    The hard quantifiable fact is that the 'peaceful majority', the 'silent majority', is cowed and extraneous. Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the
    Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant.

    China's huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people. The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way
    across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel and bayonet.

    And, who can forget Rwanda, which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were 'peace loving'?

    History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points:

    Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don't speak up, because like my friend from Germany, they will awaken one day and
    find that the fanatics own them and the end of their world will have begun.

    Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghanis, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up
    until it was too late.

    As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts: the fanatics who threaten our way of life.

    Lastly, at the risk of offending, anyone who doubts that the issue is serious is contributing to the passiveness that allows the problems of expand.

    Emanuel Tanay, M.D.
    Ann Arbor, MI

    Dr. Tanay is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Wayne State
    University Medical School, Detroit, MI.)

    To paraphrase a famous quote 'Those who forget the past are condemned to re-live it in the future'. That's why we must break the cycle, Preemptivity works. The who, why, when
  • albrecht posted:

    on 3rd March 2008, 16:05:43 - Reply

    telling the truth isn't "insulting" a religion. Truth is a defence for whatever slander or libel these Muslims are claiming. He is using their own texts, speeches, and actions in detailing the depravity and backwards nature of Islam, at least as practice by those fundamentalists. It is odd that instead of protesting and agitating against the wholesome Islamic practices such as: stoning of adulterers, not allowing girls in school, forced female circumcision, suicide bombings, forcing women to wear garb, domestic abuse, forced underage marriage, incest, and the like the majority of westerners (at least in government and the press) choose to protest against people making films or drawing cartoons!! Amazing!
  • Another John Doe posted:

    on 3rd March 2008, 14:25:57 - Reply

    Why is he insulting a religion? He isn't at all. The religion, the texts, are evidence to the violence it preaches. Wilder's isn't preaching hatred or being racist, he's simply SHOWING THE PC-CROWD WHAT ALREADY EXISTS. He's not just giving his opinions about something, he's showing in black and white what a facist book says! He's right that certain pages of the koran should be torn out and burnt, but there are other pages that are quite welcome in our society.

    Wilders' video will definitely change the Western world, and it's long overdue. It's about time people could see the reality of this disgusting book and 'religion'.

    Freedom of speech, democracy etc.... it's all going right down-hill. Wilders may just save it all for us. I just wish i could vote in this country, I know who I'd be supporting.
  • G.N Tolefe posted:

    on 3rd March 2008, 12:24:58 - Reply

    I am appalled by this guy Willders and the fact that he has 9 seats in parliament is unbelievable, freedom of speech does not include insulting others religion. He is an opportunist and would only create problems for the Dutch both in and outside the Netherlands.
  • Albrecht posted:

    on 2nd March 2008, 22:10:51 - Reply

    Appeasement doesn't work. Willful ignorance and 'hoping the situation will go away' will not solve the problem of the backwards, often violent, Islamic extremists in the Netherlands and around the world. Why must free societies curb their freedoms because of a backwards religion (either give up civil rights for 'security reasons' or give up civil rights for 'political correctness' reasons)? It seems that both the 'left' and 'right' parties wish to use Islam as an excuse to eliminate civil freedoms in Western parliamentarian democracies or republics. Why is it 'wrong' to wish to control immigration to preserve one's culture and civic society? Why shouldn't guests obey the rules and customs of the house they are visiting? If anything it is just a common courtesy.
  • john doe posted:

    on 1st March 2008, 03:59:05 - Reply

    You really need to see Wilder's film when it comes out. He made it for you. He made it for the many who are too lazy to read the Islamic texts and are in dire need of education...before it's too late. And If you had lived in the 30s with your present mind-set, you would have appeased and resisted any ill-will towards Germans, failing to see that any one adhering to Nazi ideology...the Germans...was the enemy. Similarly, anyone who believes in mohammed and the koran as the immutable word of God...the Muslims...is an enemy of our civilisation and democracy because they adhere to that ideology and belief system. And make no mistake...Islam is not a religion..it is a totalitarian supremacist ideology that has a long term plan to take over the world. Check out the texts. Don't listen to so-called 'moderate' Muslims either. They use Taquiya...deceit. their false prophet taught that...and also hatred and violence towards all infidels, Jews and Christians. Wilder's film will be huge...a major turning point in world history. be prepared.Anyone who tries to stop him speaking out is an enemy of the truth, an enemy of freedom.Denial is a river in Holland, not Egypt.
  • Jessi posted:

    on 1st March 2008, 03:34:04 - Reply

    I'm fully aware that Islam is not a race. But people in this country seem to think that EVERYONE who is Islamic is from the Middle East. (Which is, as I said, false.) And Wilders is quite racist in many of his statements. I don't think that calling him a racist or saying that he espouses racist views is that much of a stretch.

    The fact that I disagree with you does not mean I am uneducated, looney, deranged, new age, socialist or any other obnoxious name that you can throw at me. I will agree with you calling me multicultural though. Being an American whose family was immigrants a few generations ago, and who has emigrated to Europe and married someone who is not of the same culture, I'd say that it's a reasonable assessment. I don't think that being multicultural is a bad trait in an expat, personally.

    People like me were not alive to appease the Nazi's back in the 30's, seeing as how I'm in my 20's. It's a different culture and there are different mores now. It was a bunch of European white men who appeased the Nazi's and then, especially in the Netherlands, collaborated. It was a bunch of white European men who perpetrated the crimes of the Nazi regime. It was hatred and fear and ignorance that allowed those atrocities to happen. It was compliance and collaboration on a grand scale that allowed it to continue for as long as it did.

    All that being said, if you took half the time writing a well thought out response defending your views as you did attacking me, your message might be slightly better received, at least by me.
  • john doe posted:

    on 1st March 2008, 03:11:58 - Reply

    Jessi...you understand nothing about Islam. It is clear you have not read the koran , the biography of mohammed or any of the hadith. You are also ignorant of the history of islam. So please please get real, come out of your new age loony left socialist multiculturalist cloud cuckoo land and start being responsible. People like you appeased the Nazis in the 30s and look what happened. And here comes the really good bit and imprint this thoroughly in your brain lest you forget in your deranged denial....ISLAM IS NOT A RACE!!! Got that? Or do I have to repaet it? ISLAM IS NOT A RACE!!
  • Jessi posted:

    on 1st March 2008, 02:15:56 - Reply

    I have very little sympathy for people who do not want to deal with the results of their own actions. When you preach hate, you can't be surprised when people hate you in return. I have a hard time blaming people for being upset when you have a politician who is blatantly espousing racist, bigoted policies that remove people's rights to live and worship.
    Wilders knew what the probable reaction would be. And I think that he was trying to get that reaction as well. I don't like the fact that he is getting death threats, but then again, I also think that the government should remove someone who is obviously being racist and bigoted, as these things are illegal in the Netherlands.
    The Jihad will go where it will go. All of the monotheistic religions have gone through this phase in the past. (Lest we forget the Crusades.) And in time it will blow itself out. But we in Western Culture should not be perpetuating and escalating the violence. If we suffer because of our bad policies, that is our fault for allow those policies to continue. And we need to remember that it is a minority of the religion that is fanatical, and that the majority of Muslims really just want to live their life, just like the non-fanatical factions of just about every other religion on the planet.
  • john doe posted:

    on 29th February 2008, 19:26:20 - Reply

    Let's hope the jihad does hit Holland...and that includes you, Rick. It might wake you up from your wilfully ignorant sleep.A war has been declared against our civilisation. But what do you care?
  • rick posted:

    on 29th February 2008, 17:45:50 - Reply

    balkenede said it would create a crisis, and now wilders is complaining that he has, in fact, created his own crisis. he is just looking for attention, like a little boy. As for the jihad against him, let's hope it does not hit Holland's shore.