Final Remarks of Geert Wilders at His Trial


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Whatever your verdict may be, that is the bitter conclusion of this trial.

This trial is also surrealistic. I am being compared with the Hutu murderers in Rwanda and with Mladic. Only a few minutes ago some here have doubted my mental health. I have been called a new Hitler. I wonder whether those who call me such names will also be sued, and if not, whether the Court will also order prosecution. Probably not. And that is just as well. Because freedom of speech applies also to my opponents.

My right to a fair trial has been violated. The order of the Amsterdam Court to prosecute me was not just a decision but a condemning verdict by judges who condemned me even before the actual trial had begun.

Mister President, members of the Court, you must now decide whether freedom still has a home in the Netherlands

Franz Kafka said: “One sees the sun slowly set, yet one is surprised when it suddenly becomes dark.”

Mister President, members of the Court, do not let the lights go out in the Netherlands.

Acquit me: Put an end to this Kafkaesque situation.

Acquit me. Political freedom requires that citizens and their elected representatives are allowed to voice opinions that are held in society.

Acquit me, for if I am convicted, you convict the freedom of opinion and expression of millions of Dutchmen.

Acquit me. I do not incite to hatred. I do not incite to discrimination. But I defend the character, the identity, the culture and the freedom of the Netherlands. That is the truth. That is why I am here. That is why I speak. That is why, like Luther before the Imperial Diet at Worms, I say: “Here I stand, I can do no other.”

That is why I have spoken, why I speak and why I shall continue to speak.

Mister President, members of the Court, though I stand here alone, my voice is the voice of many. This trial is not about me. It is about something much greater. Freedom of expression is the life source of our Western civilisation.

Do not let that source go dry just to cosy up to a totalitarian regime. “Freedom,” said the American President Dwight Eisenhower, “has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed – else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.”

Mister President, members of the Court, you have a great responsibility. Do not cut freedom in the Netherlands from its roots, our freedom of expression. Acquit me. Choose freedom.

I have spoken, I speak, and it is my duty – I cannot do otherwise – to continue to speak.

Thank you.

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  • http://inthepacific.blogspot.com/ Regina

    Wow, what a man!! We are watching and praying..thanks for this post-

  • claspur

    Get this mailed out to anyone you can think of.
    This needs to get viral.

    Posting it up on Breitbart sites right now.

    • Dave_in_Oregon

      Thanks for posting this at Breitbart.tv Claspur !

      Dave

      • claspur

        yqw Dave. (afternoon puter was acting up today)

        This is important stuff, and our national media won't touch the Wilders reporting… not even FOX.
        Mike Savage talks about Geert now and then, but….

  • kafir4life

    Can any reasonable, thinking human being disagree with this man? He is an absolute TREASURE! Talk about your inconvenient truths!

  • Obamaisatraitor

    We are watching and praying. We are fighting for our freedom in the US, too against all odds.

  • Sonshinepatriot

    Why isn’t the world watching this event take place; Geert Wilders is the Churchill of the Dutch people and the Netherlands; for that fact the whole of Europe. Islamic Fascists have killed those who have spoken out against what Islam wishes to impose on the Western world. Geert is right our freedoms are on trail; not the Islamic Fascists murders who have killed Simon Petrus "Pim" Fortuyn,Theodoor "Theo" van Gogh and who have threatened Geert Wilders life for speaking the truth. This reminds me of how the Nazi’s acted to suppress there opposition through out Europe. Why is Geert Wilders on trail?

    • Dave_in_Oregon

      Why?

      Because the liberal progressive media is in control
      of what you see and hear all across the globe.

  • StephenD

    This speech, if we remain a free society, will be in the history books for future lovers of freedom. At least, it ought to be.

  • Dave_in_Oregon

    This guy is a TRUE PATRIOT no matter what country he is from !

  • B17Engr

    It's good to know there are so many people that understand what freedom is about!

  • Lady_Dr

    Geert Wilders' website is http://www.geertwilders.nl
    You can donate there .

  • fmobler

    My Dutch friends (all quite liberal, but not part of the political establishment) are truly frightened for their own personal futures. Leblieve me, they are watching the trial carefully. If Wilders is convicted, the Netherlands will turn sharply — perhaps violently — against the political inquisition parties. Iven if he is acquitted (with a verdict stating that this trial should never have been) folks out there are listening. Many intelligent people, including those who are predisposed to favor a social welfare state, are beginning to understand that Wilders and his colleagues are the true heirs of the Dutch tradition of liberty. The point is, modern welfarists and modern conservatives are political adversaries who operate within the same culture. We disagree, but we do so on a foundation of agreement that we are to favor freedom, justice, rights, etc. What is starting to happen is the recognition that Islamists and their political elite protectors, are not merely adversaries, but are enemies. Since it is, so far, only people of the right who seem willing to speak up about this, people on the left are going to find their support cratering.

  • Danielle

    The Dutch people are lucky to have him. Wish we had one like him.

    • One Who Knows

      We do, Sarah Palin is the only one who sees the dangers in the world as Gert does and she speaks up about it. Get her in the White House and tell everyone you know to do the same.

  • Stuart Parsons

    Islam Is a far greater threat to the the well-being of mankind than Fascism, Communism and the Hordes of Genghis Khan ever were. We need many more Geert Wilders.

  • DMF

    What fortitude and bravery. I greatly admire Mr. Wilders and think that his closing comments were profound. God bless him.

  • The Golani Snowman

    The brainwash that Wilders makes clear for everyone but extreme leftists, is completely absurd of course. What I wonder about is why there are not enough rich rightist sponsors to produce a few more media outlets that consider Western democracy of value. Living in Sweden, where the government is doing its best to make Sweden Muslim, I seriously wonder where to relocate – outside Europe.

    • Old One

      Perhaps New Zealand or Chile. I have not heard of the islamofascist clpatrap and then noise islamists make coming from those two countries. Sweden Britain, Norway, France, Canada, USA,, Belgium , Netjerlands, & many others have been infected with the pernicious disease that is islamofascism and are surely succunmbing to it.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    The glaring fact is that the limitations on freedom and the elimination of
    a right to freedom as a citizen is brought about from the interjection of
    Islam into the society. It does not matter what the nationality the actions
    of Islamists are the same, colonize, grow in numbers, make demands
    for special status and then demand all act and follow their lead. The end
    result is a subjegated population to Sharia law and no freedom and all
    other religions, secularists and free thinkers are doomed, mostly to death,
    those who are not disposed of will live in slavery……..This trial is the most
    important turning point for Europe and maybe the world's understanding
    of the evil peril Muslims bring with their presence. Deport them now and
    live long and prosper……………………………………………………..William

  • Ann

    Great speech-we in the Western world are all facing the same cancer—WWII did not kill Hitler he just went underground and is now coming up out of it's hole to show it's true self in the left of the world—evil still lives in the heart of men who would enslave others unto their will— I am with Wilders -IT IS TREASON NOT TO SPEAK OUT AND STAND FOR FREEDOM FOR ALL OF MANKIND!

  • Luis

    Geert Wilders is truly a great man.

    AND IF AMERICANS CONTINUE TO NAMBY PAMBY THE MOHAMMEDANS HERE, THEY WILL FIND THE LIB/LEFTY/ACTIVIST JUDGES READY, WILLING, AND ABLE TO DO THE SAME TO AN AMERICAN THAT SPEAKS OUT AGAINST THE MOHAMMEDANS ATTEMPTING TO CHANGE THINGS TO THEIR LIKING IN THE UNITED STATES.

    It is time to get a statement of loyalty from mohammedans living in the United States or they go back to their mud hut villages.

  • Monty Lasovsky

    The voice of Geert Wilders speaks for us all, all the free democratic nations in the world who would remain free. In order to tell the truth he is not only facing legal charges but he himself has lost his own freedom in the fear that he may be killed for his views which are threatening the Jihadists of this world who would have him silenced. There are not many Geert Wilders in this world that we can depend on to warn the free world of the Jihadists threat. I believe his acquittal by the Dutch courts will be proof of the Freedom loving Dutch people that Geert Wilders must continue his crusade to awaken a sleeping world and make all people aware of the lethal threat facing mankind everywhere.Geert Wilders. we salute you!

  • http://www.jerusalemdoctor.co.il Dr Alexander king

    I found his speech on video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGIbb8rY7hQ

    • Paladion

      Yes, Geert Wilders voice speaks for every free man on the land.. Lets hope that a new Mein Kampf mentality won't transform Europe again, and send it back to the Dark Ages. y

  • montlasky

    Excellent video which somehow does not go through to the end as it freezes mid-way.Methinks this is not by accident!

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Geert Wilders is the Winston Churchill of our time!

  • crypticguise

    The Dutch People as a Nation must rise up against the totalitarian ideology of Islam, the Religion of Intolerance and Hatred of non-Muslims.

  • Robert Harkins

    I do not recall a more eloquent, powerful and critically important speech. I recall l only Winston Churchhill's "Blood, Sweat and Tears" speech for words, sentences and images which evoke the poetry of freedom.

    However, as I review the comments I am also comforted by the passion and intelligence I read and feel in their words. We are not alone. How wonderful is this thought. We in the millions are after all one alloyed people fired in a melting pot.

    See my book to be released July 26th Renegades, Their Betrayal of America, Her Revolution and Renaissance. (Tate Publishing).

    And thank you.

  • Old One

    YThe clueless braindead reigning elites of the West who cover the evil that is islamism must be driven from power and marginalized. Remember it was the elites who adored Hitler & Stalin, praised them, and appeased them until iot was to late. The same stupidity is being repeated today in the West and it will certainly end in tears.

  • michiganruth

    Wilders is a great man. I hope and pray they acquit him. if not, then you can count the Netherlands in the "already lost" column that includes Sweden and Britain.

  • kblink45

    Democracy isn't the answer. The coalition of leftist cowards and islamists, of which Obama is exemplary, need only win majorities to destroy civilization. Wilders' acquittal is, as he himself portends, a mere political victory, as his trial was a political witch-hunt. Our only hope is that men like Wilders will light the beacons of liberty, for I fear there shall be a time, if it is not now, in which lovers of liberty shall merely cast about in the abyss for a kindred spirit. To deny Wilders voice is to sever the lines between the better angels of our nature.

  • Rick_in_VA

    Are we next? Not really a far-fetched question.

  • claspur

    What's your point?
    This face attached to this article-Is Geert Wilders.

  • valinens

    We "free" citizens of the Western democracies, DO NOT truly appreciate the true value of "freedom", because we have been free for a long time. We do not speak out against the relatively "small" incremental advances daily– in our own countries where our own laws are used against us.
    Totalitarianism is on the MARCH against the West, using our own laws, our own universities, our own courts, and our own freedoms (stifling free speech) in our own countries to defeat us. Where are the thousand more "Geert Wilders"?
    What a legacy Denmark has given to the world, a country open to all people, accepting and tolerant of all, yet their own ruling class attacks one of their own who dared to speak out against the enemies of freedom. We must wake up, and value our liberty, push back against its enemies, whose main goal is totalitarianism.
    Is freedom not our most precious possession, our greatest treasure that we so willingly share with the whole world? Yet, we are giving it up…. Why?

  • Liberty2

    This is one of the greatest living human beings and God will bless him. We don't know the end of the story but we all know we are facing the same threat—and few dare call it so. The problem in the U.S. is that these people are all "in the woodwork" working with the Obama administration. Slowly, quietly. There should be a universal tea party. A universal freedom party. That is what the leftists are doing. That is what the socialists are doing and we need to help each other.

    We also need to get on our knees and beg God for help! We cannot do this without His help.