- Reviewed by David M. Kinchen
“America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” — Alexis de Tocqueville
“The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” — Edmund Burke
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”— George Santayana
In the lobby of the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, VA there’s a plaque with the famous quote from John 8:32:
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Tell that to Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders, author of “Marked for Death: Islam’s War Against the West and Me” (Regnery Publishing, 256 pages, $27.95), who is under round-the-clock police protection because of his outspoken views on how Islam is well on the road to taking over democracies in the European Union — including his native the Netherlands — and turning them into unrecognizable hellholes.
Wilders would probably consider the John 8:32 reference in an organization that has been called a “puzzle palace” ironic at best. He’s probably a lot more comfortable with the three quotations I’ve chosen for epigraphs to this review, and in fact, quotes Tocqueville (on Page 120): “I have studied the Koran a great deal,” he [Tocqueville] wrote in an 1843 letter to a friend, “I came away from that study with the conviction there have been few religions in the world as deadly to men as that of Mohammad. So far as I can see, it is the principal cause of the decadence so visible today in the Muslim world and, though less absurd than the polytheism of old, its social and political tendencies are in my opinion to be feared, and I therefore regard it as a form of decadence rather than a form of progress in relation to paganism itself.”
Strong words from the author of “Democracy in America,” published in 1835 and still one of the most astute observations of the spirit of America. I wonder what Tocqueville would say about the abuses of Islam, which constantly proclaims itself a “religion of peace,” and which proscribes death to those who leave the religion — unlike Christianity and Judaism — and, in the case of Iranian Christian Yousef Nardarkhani, under sentence of death by hanging, in Iran where those who practice a religion other than Islam in a country ruled by religious fanatics. (reference: dailycaller.com/…/christian-pastor-sentenced-to-death-in-iran-for-aba and you tube:
Nardarkhani’s barbaric treatment has been condemned by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to her credit, and the White House.
Wilders’ view of Islam pretty much agrees with Tocqueville’s, as well as the Canadian writer Mark Steyn, living in New Hampshire, who contributed the foreword to “Marked for Death.” Steyn writes: “In the Netherlands, Mr. Wilders’ foes, whether murderous jihadists or the multicultural establishment, share the same ‘strategic objective’—to increase the cost of associating with him beyond that which most people are willing to bear. It is not easy to be Geert Wilders. He has spent almost a decade in a strange, claustrophobic, transient, and tenuous existence little different from kidnap victims or, in his words, a political prisoner. He is under round-the-clock guard because of explicit threats to murder him by Muslim extremists. Yet he’s the one who gets put on trial for incitement….For every independent-minded soul…there are a thousand other public figures who get the message: steer clear of Islam unless you want your life consumed—and steer clear of Wilders if you want to be left in peace.”
Fanatics, terrorists, and appeasers have tried everything to silence Geert Wilders, Europe’s most controversial Member of Parliament — from putting him on trial to putting a price on his head. But Wilders refuses to be silenced and has paid for this refusal by being literally imprisoned to protect himself and his wife from religious fanatics and the useful Politically Correct idiots who enable them.
For years, from his native Netherlands, Wilders has sounded the alarm about the relentless spread of Islam in the West. And he has paid a steep personal price, enduring countless death threats and being forced into a permanent state of hiding.
What’s it like to speak out against what he considers an invasion of his country — and Europe as a whole — by adherents of a religion bent on conquest? Here’s how Wilders describes his life: “I live in a government safe house, heavily protected and bulletproof. Since November 2004, when a Muslim murdered Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh for the crime of offending Islam, I have been surrounded by police guards and stripped of nearly all personal privacy. I am driven every day from the safe house to my office in the Dutch Parliament building in armoured police cars with sirens and flashing blue lights. I wear a bulletproof jacket when I speak in public. Always surrounded by plaincvlothes police officers, I have not walked the streets on my own in more than seven years… Why do I need this protection? I am not a president or a king; I am a mere member of the Dutch Parliament, one of 150 elected parliamentarians in the Tweede Kamer, the House of Representatives of the Netherlands, a small country of 16.5-million in Western Europe.”
In “Marked for Death”, Wilders reveals:
< How — and why — liberal politicians, including Barack Obama, downplay the Islamic threat
< The systematic suppression of free speech through lawsuits — also called “lawfare” — prosecutions, threats, and violence meted out against Islam’s critics
< The untold story: how Islamic groups are redefining human rights to suppress non-Muslims everywhere
< The true, bloody history of Islam’s spread throughout the world
< How the West can defend itself against an existential enemy determined to conquer the globe
Expelled from Britain, banned from Indonesia, denounced by the UN Secretary General, prosecuted in court for his beliefs, forced into government safe houses, and constantly threatened with death, Geert Wilders is unbowed and unapologetic. Marked for Death is a stark warning about a growing threat to our liberties written by a man who has lost his freedom—and would not see the rest of us suffer the same fate.
Wilders says that Islam — even the so-called “moderate” variety — is more than a religion. In fact, he writes (Pages 214-215) that “We have to stop pretending that Islam is merely a religion — it is primarily a totalitarian ideology that aims to conquer the West. A free society should not grant freedom to those who want to destroy it. Every halal shop, every mosque, every Islamic school, and every burka is regarded by Islam as a step toward the ultimate goal of our submission. As such, we must close down all Islamic schools, for they are totalitarian institutions where young people are indoctrinated into an ideology of violence and hatred. We must also close down all radical mosques and forbid the construction of new mosques, which Islam regards as symbols of its triumph. And we must ban the burka — people’s faces should not hidden in society, for it is our faces that give us our identity and our fundamental means of communication with others.”
Strong stuff, but it’s only the beginning in “Marked for Death.” Wilders wants to do away with “intolerant Islamic regimes” (Page 215) “They should recognize that human rights exist to protect individuals, not religions and ideologies.” To this end, Wilders adds: “Member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation that do not renounce the Cairo Declaration, which elevates Sharia law over human rights, should be expelled from the United Nations. Until this happens, Western nations should refuse to make any financial contributions to the UN.” Link to Wikipedia entry on the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cairo_Declaration_on_Human_Rights_in_Islam
There are brave people in the Islamic world speaking out against the crimes of Islam, most recently Mona Eltahawy, an Egyptian-American columnist writing in the May-June 2012 Issue of Foreign Policy magazine with an article titled “Why Do They Hate Us?” (link:http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/04/23/why_do_they_hate_us?page=0,1). The “Us” is women in Muslim countries. On Tuesday, April 24 she was interviewed by Steve Inskeep on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition.” I’m glad to see the overwhelmingly leftist NPR finally showing a little backbone in criticism of Islam! In November 2011, Egyptian police beat Eltahawy, breaking her left arm and right hand and sexually assaulting her. She was detained by the Egyptian Interior Ministry and military intelligence for 12 hours.
Saying that “the real war on women is in the Middle East” Eltahawy writes in the Foreign Policy article:
“But at least Yemeni women can drive. It surely hasn’t ended their litany of problems, but it symbolizes freedom — and nowhere does such symbolism resonate more than in Saudi Arabia, where child marriage is also practiced and women are perpetually minors regardless of their age or education. Saudi women far outnumber their male counterparts on university campuses but are reduced to watching men far less qualified control every aspect of their lives.
“Yes, Saudi Arabia, the country where a gang-rape survivor was sentenced to jail for agreeing to get into a car with an unrelated male and needed a royal pardon; Saudi Arabia, where a woman who broke the ban on driving was sentenced to 10 lashes and again needed a royal pardon; Saudi Arabia, where women still can’t vote or run in elections, yet it’s considered ‘progress’ that a royal decree promised to enfranchise them for almost completely symbolic local elections in — wait for it — 2015.
“So bad is it for women in Saudi Arabia that those tiny paternalistic pats on their backs are greeted with delight as the monarch behind them, King Abdullah, is hailed as a “reformer” — even by those who ought to know better, such as Newsweek, which in 2010 named the king one of the top 11 most respected world leaders. You want to know how bad it is? The ‘reformer’s’answer to the revolutions popping up across the region was to numb his people with still more government handouts — especially for the Salafi zealots from whom the Saudi royal family inhales legitimacy. King Abdullah is 87. Just wait until you see the next in line, Prince Nayef, a man straight out of the Middle Ages. His misogyny and zealotry make King Abdullah look like Susan B. Anthony.”
Wilders says that lying is built into the Islamic creed…it’s OK to say there is no compulsion in religion and then go ahead and compel like crazy! How’s this for moderate? Wilders quotes (Page 94): “In one of her books, Bat Ye’or [an exiled Egyptian Jewish woman writer] describes the events surrounding the deaths of the five van den Broeke family members on Banda in 1999. At the turn of the century, jihadist warriors declared holy war on the majority Christian population of the Indonesian Moluccas (Maluku) Islands, to which the Banda archipelago belongs. During 1999 and 2000, jihadists from Indonesia, the Philippines, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia attacked Christian villages, one after another, in a coordinated campaign. Thousands were killed as the jihadists committed countless acts of savagery. Kids were tied together and dragged to their deaths behind speeding cars. Women and children were abducted. Masses of people were forced to convert to Islam. Both men and women were forcibly circumcised without painkillers or antiseptics. Those who resisted were beheaded. Half a million people fled as 40 percent of the Maluku capital, Ambon City, was reduced to ashes.”
The Oct. 26, 2008 edition of The Jakarta Post, an English language Indonesian newspaper writes at length about the van den Broeke family, Christian victims of radical Islamic violence in what is supposedly one of the most “moderate” of Islamic countries, Indonesia.
“Pongky van den Broeke knows all too well how life can be as bittersweet as the prized nutmeg that brought his ancestors to Maluku’s fabled “spice islands”. Today, he relives for Hugh Collett the tragedy that changed his life.
“Pongky van den Broeke sits on the steps of his former home and waves me goodbye as I head back across the harbor. His friendly salute, the quiet lap of the waves and the tranquil harbor hide his personal turmoil. For the grand house he once lived in is a gutted shell, burned and ransacked by an angry mob who then, 10 meters from where he sits, brutally murdered most of his family – his wife, two daughters, mother and aunt. Only his son survived.
Here’s the link to the story:www.thejakartapost.com/news/2008/…/the-last-perkeniers-banda.htm…
A good friend of mine, who’s married to a Christian Indonesian, says Indonesia is a moderate country, with the radical Islamists few and far between, concentrated in places like Aceh. Still, Indonesia is the world’s largest Muslim country, and is a member of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) that Wilders cited above. Indonesia is a charter member of the OIC, joining in 1969. From the Wikipedia entry on the OIC:
“In the 2010 Democracy Index published by the Economist Intelligence Unit, no OIC countries were rated as a “Full Democracy” under its guidelines, and only 3 of the 57 members were rated as a “Flawed Democracy.” The rest were rated either an “Authoritarian Regime” or a “Hybrid Regime.”
“The 2010 Freedom in the World, rated 3 OIC member states as Freebased on Political Rights and Civil Liberties in the member countries.
“Reporters Without Borders in its 2010 Press Freedom Index rated Mali and Suriname among the OIC members as having a Satisfactory Situation. Other members had ratings ranging from Noticeable Problems to Very Serious Situation.
“The US Department of State 2010 International Religious Freedom Report cited OIC members Iran, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Uzbekistan as being Countries of Particular Concern, where religious freedom is severely violated. It also cited OIC members Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan as “countries that face challenges in protecting religious freedom”.
“The Open Doors USA organisation, in its 2012 survey of countries around the world that persecute Christians, listed 37 members of the OIC amongst the top 50 countries where Christians face the most severe persecution. 9 of the top 10 countries are OIC, Islamic-majority states.”
Not a pretty picture!
About the Author
A member of the Dutch Parliament since 1998, Geert Wilders is the founder and leader of the Party for Freedom (PVV) in the Netherlands. Since 2004, he has been living under round-the-clock police protection due to death threats from extremist Muslims. In 2008, he attracted international attention when he was taken to court over Fitna, a documentary he filmed that explores Islamic terrorism and the spread of Islam in the Netherlands. Mr. Wilders now travels the world in defense of liberty and freedom of expression.
Link to full version of “Fitna” movie by Wilders: www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIKCgRlwQUA