The Cowardly Lion

Apparently the British government has now refused entry to the Dutch politician Geert Wilders. Wilders, who has made a name for himself with his outspoken criticism of Islam, and by his vociferous opposition to its increasing presence and influence in the dangerously multiculturalist West, has lived under police protection in Holland since the release of his provocative film Fitna, which showed news footage of fundamentalist Islamic violence and rage against a backdrop of Koranic text.

Wilders is already facing prosecution in his home country for daring to voice his opinions, and now the Crown, upon whose mighty empire the sun formerly never set, is apparently so weak-kneed the prospect of Muslim outrage that it feels it must bar the gate against a member of the Dutch Parliament. This pigeonhearted decision is further evidence of Western Europe’s abject and continuing surrender of what we in America still view, for now at least, as fundamental freedoms. What would Churchill say?

If you haven’t seen Fitna already, you can do so here. And as always, you can keep abreast of the ongoing decline of Europe by visiting Gates of Vienna.

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  1. Court says

    I appreciate the rhetorical point you are making here, Malcolm, but I wonder if invoking the specter of British imperialism is the right approach here. Particularly when one is a proud citizen of the country that was founded on overthrowing such tyranny.

    Posted February 10, 2009 at 10:26 pm | Permalink
  2. Malcolm says

    Hi Court,

    I see your point, but I felt the contrast offered a stark illustration of the tragic senescence and enfeeblement of British culture.

    Posted February 10, 2009 at 10:54 pm | Permalink
  3. Alex says

    To describe British imperialism as a “tyranny” is far too glib and severe. It was certainly not an international welfare agency, but its legacy includes:

    Intercontinental spread of the English language

    The triumph of a free market economic system

    The establishment of parliamentary/democratic institutions which have survived in many post-colonial societies.

    (I agree that nowadays the British lion has become toothless and cowardly and totally cowed by “political correctness”)

    Posted February 11, 2009 at 9:27 am | Permalink
  4. Lyn says

    It’s disgusting that in his own country that Dutchman has to live under security. Why? Because his country opened its hearts and arms to trash, parasites, rotters, and extremists from African and Arab countries. Just like the UK did and the UK has the same troubles. Now an elected official from an EU country is denied entry to Britain because of Muslim extremist tapeworms in Britain. Goddamn pity. Good luck to the White people in Britain you’ll be a persecuted minority soon enough. Hope some decent country will take you in when you have to flee.

    Posted February 11, 2009 at 9:37 am | Permalink
  5. Court says

    From the IHT:

    “A member of the Dutch Parliament who has compared the Koran to Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” and blamed Islamic texts for inciting the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and other terrorist atrocities was detained by immigration officials at London Heathrow Airport on Thursday and forced within hours to board a return flight to Holland.”

    Not sure if you want this character on your team or not.

    Alex, British imperialism was decidedly tyranny, whether it was relatively benevolent or not. The USA came into existence because of it. But I’ll not argue this point further.

    Posted February 12, 2009 at 9:51 pm | Permalink
  6. Malcolm says

    Court, it would be awfully disingenuous to imagine that the attacks of 9/11 were not incited by Islamic texts; the men who perpetrated them were radical fundamentalist Islamists, after all, and attacked in the name of Jihad.

    I think that the ongoing expansion of Islam in the West is every bit as worrisome as Wilders says it is. He seems to care a lot more about our “team” than the British government does.

    Posted February 12, 2009 at 10:59 pm | Permalink
  7. Court says

    Malcolm, Islamic texts certainly inspired the terrorists of 9/11; but it seems an equivocation to me to thereby assert that the expansion in the West of Islam, per se, is bad. Frankly, I worry more about our
    homegrown fundamentalists, the kind that build Creation Museums and what have you.

    I agree, by the way, that the British government’s ejection of Wilders is cowardly, on the grounds of civil liberties. This man seems to be a provocateur (Mein Kampf? Really?), so I’m not sure you’d want him as a spokesman, that’s all.

    Posted February 13, 2009 at 2:25 am | Permalink
  8. Malcolm says

    Well, Court, I worry more about Islamic fundamentalists — the kind who, rather than building silly little museums, instead burn schoolgirls with acid, behead helpless journalists, stone rape victims to death, blow themselves up in marketplaces, and what have you.

    Posted February 13, 2009 at 11:02 pm | Permalink