Wilders’ Message to Muslims

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(Editor’s note: the new site MuslimsDebate.com asked Geert Wilders why he became anti-Islam and what his message would be to Muslims. Below is his response.)

I first visited an Islamic country in 1982.

I was 18 years old and had traveled with a Dutch friend from Eilat in Israel to the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm-el-Sheikh.

We were two almost penniless backpacking students.

We slept on the beaches and found hospitality with Egyptians, who spontaneously invited us to tea.

I clearly recall my very first impression of Egypt: I was overwhelmed by the kindness, friendliness and helpfulness of its people.

I also remember my second strong impression of Egypt: It struck me how frightened these friendly and kind people were.

While we were in Sharm el-Sheikh, President Mubarak happened to visit the place.

I remember the fear which suddenly engulfed the town when it was announced that Mubarak was coming on an unexpected visit; I can still see the cavalcade of black cars on the day of his visit and feel the almost physical awareness of fear, like a cold chill on that very hot day in Summer.

It was a weird experience; Mubarak is not considered the worst of the Islamic tyrants and yet, the fear of the ordinary Egyptians for their leader could be felt even by me. I wonder how Saudis feel when their King is in town, how Libyans feel when Gaddafi announces his coming, how Iraqis must have felt when Saddam Hussein was near. A few years later, I read in the Koran how the 7th century Arabs felt in the presence of Muhammad, who, as several verses describe, “cast terror into their hearts” (suras 8:12, 8:60, 33:26, 59:12).

From Sharm el-Sheikh, my friend and I went to Cairo. It was poor and incredibly dirty. My friend and I were amazed that such a poor and filthy place could be a neighbor of Israel, which was so clean. The explanation of the Arabs, with whom we discussed their poverty, was that they were not in any way to blame for this affliction: They said they were the victims of a global conspiracy of “imperialists” and “Zionists”, aimed at keeping Muslims poor and subservient. I found that explanation unconvincing. My instinct told me it had something to do with the different cultures of Israel and Egypt.

I made a mistake in Cairo. We had almost no money and I was thirsty. One could buy a glass of water at public water collectors. It did not look clean, but I drank it. I got a terrible diarrhea. I went to a hostel where one could rent a spot on the floor for two dollars a day. There I lay for several days, a heap of misery in a crowded, stinking room, with ten other guys. Once Egypt had been the most advanced civilization on earth. Why had it not progressed along with the rest of the world?

In the late 1890s, Winston Churchill was a soldier and a war correspondent in British India (contemporary Pakistan) and the Sudan. Churchill was a perceptive young man, whose months in Pakistan and the Sudan allowed him to grasp with amazing clarity what the problem is with Islam and “the curses it lays on its votaries.”

“Besides the fanatical frenzy, …, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy,” he wrote. “The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist where the followers of the Prophet rule or live. … The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to a sole man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. … Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities – but the influence of the religion paralyzes the social development of those who follow it.” And Churchill concluded: “No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.”

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  • richard n

    It's amazing! What this man writes is self-evident and truthful, yet he is vilified in his own country as some sort of proto-fascist. Political parties refuse to negotiate a coalition with his party for Government, newspapers preface his name with ' rightwing extremist', people on some of the Dutch blogs I read, feel that his 'racism' damages the country. My own relatives think that he is too opinionated and thus dangerous. A climate of denial and fear has pervaded The Netherlands. Yet, Wilders is the one living under police protection and on trial for his free speech. The courage to be honest seems to have deserted the Dutch, to wish a problem away by not talking about it is the new reality.

  • jacob

    Ms YOSHIRO SAGAMORI, WHO USED TO WRITE IN THE JERUSALEM POST, ONCE WROTE :

    "EVERY PRACTICING MUSLIM IS A TERRORIST.

    IT IS WHAT IS BEING HAMMERED INTO HIS HEAD FROM CRADDLE TO GRAVE AND IT
    IS WHAT HIS "RELIGION" EXPECTS FROM HIM."..

    AND I DON'T BELIEVE ANYTHING EVER WRITTEN ON THE SUBJECT COULD HAVE SAID IT AS CLEARLY AS THIS…

    THEREFORE, THIS FANTASY ABOUT "MODERATE" MUSLIMS IS JUST ANOTHER OF THE FAIRY TALES OF THE "ONE THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS" AND WHOEVER WANTS TO BELIEVE IT, DOES IT AT HIS OWN PERIL

  • Stephen D.

    THIS is why we should all support Geert Wilders!! Excellent post!

  • Jim

    Mr. Wilders is first of a revolutionary leader that will enable the west to save itself from Islam! I hope we see more like him in the near future.

  • daniel

    Islam is fear of Allah not faith in Allah, violence is due to fear, I like that story, it does describe Islam over the world.

  • Marty

    This essay explains perfectly how it is that muslims win very few nobel prizes, why most muslim societies have a small or non-existent middle class, why islam has yet to produce a political democracy. It's no wonder islamist love death more than life.

  • kafir4life

    Hang on, folk…..I'm confused here. Isn't islam that gutter cult that was invented by a warlord pedophile rapist murderer, who liked others to drink his piss, pretending it was good for them? Mad mo, I believe is his name, but I can't be sure. Wasn't mad mo the inventor of the moon god allah, and creator of the terror guide the koran that was shat from his anal glands, and happenned to form arabic words that are now followed as "gospel" by the practiioners of said gutter cult?
    Inquiring minds wish to know.

  • Babs

    I second that…too bad too many Muslims will not take to heart what was said.

  • tomatorose

    When will the Arabs stop blaming Israel for their dysfunctional cities, illiteracy and backwardness?

    Wilders really is my absolute No 1 hero, and so fair and articulate.

    I've donated to his war chest via his site – please do the same. http://www.geertwilders.nl/

  • Rick

    Sound words. Geert Wilders is a humane man and as you can see he doesn't hate Muslims but has great empathy for them.

  • Gestell

    I have taught university students about Islamic political philosophy for a number of years, and must agree with Wilders' characterization of Islamic fatalism. Given such a spiritual foundation, it is completely understandable that Islam has no room, and will never have room, for anything like Western liberal democracy. Unfortunately, Wilders' message will not be taken seriously by most Muslims–it will simply be written off as one more anti-Islamic message from a non-believer.

  • http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm Alexander Gofen

    Great analysis! It well explains why Islam is a backdrop from psychological viewpoint. From a religious viewpoint this is analyzed by Rabbi Lapin in his lectures “Clash of Destiny: Decoding the secrets of Israel and Islam”. Either way, this conflict neither can be “wished away”, nor the mindset of billion plus Moslems can be changed in foreseeable future.

    In order to survive our civilization must rid of Islam inside, to contain it far outside, and re-assert that America is a Judeo-Christian only nation.

  • Tony_Barbetto

    Taking things on faith, rather than learning through rational thought, is antithetical to the very nature of man. The world would be better off if islam went away, but even better off still if all religion went away.

    How it is taken seriously by any reasoning being is beyond me. It should be treated no more seriously than astrology… just another one of man's old superstitions.

  • greg

    Islam is a festering wound that slowly poisons it's followers. I too lived in Egypt and was appalled at the stench of sewage everywhere. islam is satanic in it's origin coming from a pedophile and murderer. The control that the imams have is death. imams have sex with babies because moohammed did this and they threaten any whom disagree. until muzlims eradicate this pox it will continue to destroy all it touches.

  • M Rob

    Geert Wilders rocks! This man sees the evils of Islam very clearly.

  • Katharina

    Brilliant and brave article as usual from Mr. Wilders – the rare Western politicians who dares to stand firm in his conviction and truths, defending freedom from all kinds of fascism, including as promoted by Islam! Mr. Wilders give hope that Western and Judeo-Christian civilization can still be saved from the most brutal but tragic alliance of the Western left and Islamists!

  • Richrd0001

    To see first hand how that pure, Islam-based ignorance operates watch this sad, sad video:
    http://www.youtube.com/v/wppjYDj9JUc .

    Then consider the lengths to which the rational Muslim with scientific must go to treat the literalist moron's Koranic views. He obviously must tread very, very carefully. An Egyptian professor who expressed the view that there is room for interpretation of the Koran was thrown out of the window by his students.

    Ditto, the serious treatment that the tv anchor felt compelled to afford that moron.

    Mr. Wilders's example of the girls trying to escape the fire is equally good. Follow Islam to the letter and you get lunacy, a word redolent of the Moon God religion.

  • Sheila

    I can't even imagine a religion so steeped in fear and submission that one's desire to even ponder things (eg. the weather) is completely ruled by a belief that "Allah" rules everything and things aren't even worth contemplating. Churchill nailed it with the word fatalistic. In the extreme!

  • marat1

    Geert Wilders is an extraordinary person who has (like virtually ALL public critics of the barbaric ideology of Islam) put his life on the line. He receives no shortage of death threats, Islam's usual Pavlovian response of contempt for individual conscience by those who would seek to murder him and silence yet another bright light who attempts to free our world of Islam's violence while pointing the way for those Muslims who still retain a faint ability to shed this form of true fascism that masquerades as "religion." In a sane universe, Wilders would be honored by Holland as the humanitarian he is, a champion of Free Thought and Conscience. That day will come, and Holland will owe a debt to Geert for helping to wake up those who have been sleeping through Islam's attempt to extinguish democracies and human freedom. Thank you, Geert

  • Optimus_Maximus

    Would that we had such politicians in the US willing to speak the truth about Islam…

    Can someone tell me what we have gained in the Middle East, for the lives of our soldier-fathers, soldier-mothers, soldier-sons, and soldier-daughters, and the expenditure of our treasure, when we support administrations that continue this evil faux-religion, and have it codified in their laws that converters to Christianity or other religions are to be punished by death? Where there is no "equal rights" for other citizens of other religions, or for their women?

    We've killed the worst of them. I think it's time to bring our troops home, and leave them with a promise that we'll be back if they attack us again.

  • watchful

    The ideas of personal responsibility and looking within oneself own self are anathema to Islam. Fourteen hundred years of submitting to a doctrine delivered by a psychopathic madman or else face death has left this culture with nothing to work with. Islam has stolen every gift that life has to offer from them.
    Cairo is a fascinating city. The ancient along side of the modern. The poorest of the poor along side of the wealthy. The filthy along side of the immaculate. But over all Cairo is a slum built upon a dump next door to the ancient pyramids. If Muslims could somehow maneuver to start thinking "outside the box" of Islam they would either be assassinated or they could develop into a great culture. I can't see this happening in anyone's present lifetime. Their minds have been imprisoned first by their religion, then their culture and then by themselves. To break out they would have to leave the land and then leave behind the box their minds work in.

  • Fred

    Excellent article, they blame everyone but themselves, that is how the elite stay in power.

  • GalileoOnTheMoon

    What a wonderfully "progressive" idea in the true sense of the word. To see the Islamic people free of the curse of Islam would be a triumph for the whole human race

  • Muslim lies exposed

    It's a shame that this guy is not an American, he should run for president. Then again Obama won and his birthplace remains a mystery to this day.

  • lou

    I agree with most of the article. However, there is a slight distortion. It was not Arabs in general who felt terror in the presence of Muhammad- not his followers, but his enemies, the infidels and Jews. "I shall cast terror into the hearts of the infidels." 8:12

  • mikenz

    every child in every school in the world needs to read this.
    Islam and in particular Sharia law should be illegal both at the Un and in all freedom loving democracies.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/WilliamJWard WilliamJamesWard

    Has anything changed, is it not as if Churchill was speaking for today. Altruism and
    concord, the pursuit of the good and beautiful, nobility, where has it all gone in the
    pursuit of honorable life. The valuation of another human being, destroyed by
    inner vileness seems to be epidemic in Islamic Nations, only in Hollywood have
    these people been uplifted, Coptic Christians are murdered and are disappearing
    from Egypt all together, in every Islamic Nation Christians and Jews are being killed
    or forced out, the push is one and will only get worse and soon only the brain dead
    will be unaware………………..William

  • Muslim4ever

    When Muhammad established his army and he did invade his birth land Mecca and there The prophecy of prophet of islam was showing.. Muhammad defeated all human beings even other prophets by his heart… He had most kindest heart.. He had heart better than angels… When muhammad invaded mecca… all evil pagan meccan people who wanted to get rid of him and tried to kill him…were in big shock and their hearts were shaking of fear.. because Muhammad came after years with very big army…Then he stood between them and said" my nation, what do you think im going to do with you"..they didn't reply him and their heads were down to ground because they knew themselves a guilty… Muhammad said for them" i forgave you all for sake of ALLAH", Muhammad did forgive all people who used to torture him… who used to throw stones on him and his body was bleeding from pain when he went to markets and walked in streets of village.. Muhammad forgave the people who made a big prize for killing muhammad.. Muhammad forgave the people who used to kill his muslim followers when they were on trade caravan on borders of mecca..

  • responsible+truthful

    as a liberal democrat in the u.s. one would think i would not be in agreement with wilders, however, nothing could be farther from the truth. i think this man is courageous for taking a stand for our freedom. and i believe people in the netherlands speak out against him only because of fear of repercussions from the extremist muslim community. it's scary.

  • Frank

    Excellent article this is the key point : "if they got rid of the evil Koran". The koran is the problem.