Monday, April 06, 2009
The crime of Geert Wilders
Have you seen Fitna yet? You should take a look before Jordanian courts extradite Geert Wilders and execute him for blaspheming the Quran. And then you should take a look at the speech Wilders had intended to give to the Houses of Parliament in London about the freedom of speech and the allegations of thought crime using the words of the Quran to make his case.
Wilders quotes Winston Churchill who was ignored in the 1930s when he warned Parliament of Hitler's plans and also Ronald Reagan.
In 1982 President Reagan came to the House of Commons, where he did a speech very few people liked. Reagan called upon the West to reject communism and defend freedom. He introduced a phrase: ‘evil empire’. Reagan’s speech stands out as a clarion call to preserve our liberties. I quote: If history teaches anything, it teaches self-delusion in the face of unpleasant facts is folly.
What Reagan meant is that you cannot run away from history, you cannot escape the dangers of ideologies that are out to destroy you. Denial is no option.
Communism was indeed left on the ash heap of history, just as Reagan predicted in his speech in the House of Commons. He lived to see the Berlin Wall coming down, just as Churchill witnessed the implosion of national-socialism.
In the land where George Orwell imagined the life of London in 1984 and the penalties for thought crimes, Geert Wilders was denied his chance to speak. In a land where men and women were guaranteed the freedom to voice their opposition, as well as their agreement, London, and indeed all of Britain, kowtow to the growing Muslim elements, nurturing a viper at their breasts that willfully segregate themselves from British citizens in their own communities while spreading fear like leprosy, reaching out into every aspect of British life.