After the Manchester terror attack Monday in which 22 people were killed and another 59 injured by a suicide bomber, many governments around the world remembered the victims with moments of silence and words of condolence and solidarity from political leaders.
The Dutch Parliament remembered the victims with one minute of silence, noted parliament member Geert Wilders, the leader of the Party for Freedom, the country’s second largest.
The parliament did the same for the victims of the Stockholm attack two months ago, the Berlin attack in December and the Nice, Brussels, Paris and Copenhagen before them, he wrote in an essay posted by the blog Gates of Vienna.
“Every time, we hear the same hollow words of shock and grief and how incomprehensible it all is. But we never hear our prime minister, nor the leaders of other Western countries, tell us the truth: The cause of all this bloodshed, all this misery, all this pain and sorrow, is Islam,” Wilders declared.
One day before the attack, Wilders told WND in an interview in Southern California shortly after President Trump’s speech in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, that while world leaders insist on separating from Islam the ideology that motivates terrorism, he believes Islam itself is the problem.
Wilders wrote after the Manchester attack that what the world is witnessing in England and other Western nations is “pure Islamic practice.”
“It is the Koran with its admonishment to ‘cast terror in the heart of the non-Muslims’ (Surah 8:12). It is the so-called prophet Muhammad, who boasted to his followers: ‘I have been made victorious through terror’ (Bukhari, 4.52.220),” he wrote.
In his interview with WND, Wilders insisted there will be no solution to the threat Western civilization faces unless its leaders and people recognize “Islam is the problem.”
“We can only deal with [the threat] if we first face the truth, [which] might not be too politically correct, but still is the truth, and that is that Islam — and not Islamism or radical Islam, but Islam — is an evil ideology like communism or fascism that has no place in a free society,” he told WND.
“And at the end of the day it will replace us, and we will lose our freedom,” he said.
The West, Wilders emphasized, is “faced today with an existential problem.”
“If we don’t act today, we cease to exist in the future.”
Don’t be fooled
Wilders wrote after the Manchester attack that many Western politicians “want the citizens to believe that Islam is a peace-loving religion and that there are only a few Islamic extremists who are ruining everything for everyone.”
“But do not let yourselves be fooled,” he said.
On the contrary, he said, opinion polls “show that no less than two-thirds of Muslims in the Netherlands find Islamic rules more important than our secular democratic laws.”
“Research from the University of Amsterdam shows that as many as 11 percent of Dutch Muslims find it acceptable to use violence in the name of Islam,” said Wilders. “That is more than 100,000 Muslims in the Netherlands. Twice the number of soldiers in our Dutch army.”
He wrote it’s “impossible for the ideology of Islam to assimilate in a free society.”
A Pew Forum survey last month, Wilders noted, projected that by 2060, the number of Muslims will have grown by 70 percent, more than twice the rate of Christians.
He offered three crucial steps to strengthen national security:
- “Realize that Islam is the problem and start to de-Islamize our societies. No Islamic schools anymore, no hate preaching.”
- “End all immigration from Islamic countries.”
- “Get rid of political correctness. … It is naïve and dangerous to grant rights to a totalitarian ideology which, if it gets its way, wants to rob us of our rights.”
In his interview with WND, he applauded Trump for frankly recognizing the global “fight between good and evil,” but the Dutchman insisted the evil isn’t confined to certain people within the community of Islam.
“It’s not that we have two different kinds of Islam,” he said.
“I acknowledge the fact that we have two kinds of people. There are moderate Muslims and non-moderate Muslims. But there is really only one Islam, and this is the Islam of the life of Muhammad, of the Quran, of the Hadiths, of the Sunnah.”
Casting the problem any other way won’t bring the West closer to a solution, he insisted.
Wilders was the keynote speaker at a free-speech event in Garland, Texas, in May 2015 when two Muslim men who lived in Phoenix were killed by police as they tried to carry out an attack, regarded as the first on U.S. soil in which ISIS claimed responsibility.
Before the Garland event, three U.S. congressmen – two of them Muslim – asked Secretary of State John Kerry and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to reject Wilders’ visa, charging alleged ongoing “participation in inciting anti-Muslim aggression and violence.”