Wilders is on the Movement Alert List, a database of people of security concern to the Australian government, but the governing Australian Labour Party swiftly approved a visa for Taji Mustafa, the British head of the Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir
Is it any wonder that the Sydney Mohammed riots happened when a disgrace like this is the order of the day?
Geert Wilders, the Dutch MP who frequently warns about the dangers of Islamic radicalism, has applied for a visa to visit and give speeches in Australia, but the application has stalled. The official reason for the delay is that Wilders is on the Movement Alert List, a database of people of security concern to the Australian government. It means that his application is being held up at the Department of Immigration headquarters in Canberra while more thorough security checks are done.
As if to underscore the politically correct calculations delaying Wilders' visa application, the governing Australian Labour Party swiftly approved a visa for Taji Mustafa, the British head of the Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir, a group notorious for religious intolerance, disdain for Western values and sympathy for jihad. Prime Minister Julia Gillard said she would not be revoking Mustafa's visa and that Hizb ut-Tahrir was not on the government's list of proscribed terrorist groups.
But you see Geert Wilders' visit would upset Muslims who might riot, while Taji Mustafa's visit might also get Muslims to riot, but on the other hand it might also finally convince them how much Australia loves them.
When appeasers rule, they instinctively appease and if appeasement doesn't work, then they appease harder. After Sydney, Gillard has ladled on some faux tough talk.
''It is the meeting place of rights and responsibilities where the right to maintain one's customs, language and religion is balanced by an equal responsibility to learn English, find work, respect our culture and heritage, and accept women as full equals,'' Ms Gillard said. ''Where there is non-negotiable respect for our foundational values of democracy and the rule of law, and any differences we hold are expressed peacefully."
But as the bull said to the turkey, "That's all well good, but what are you going to do about it?"
We've heard this same empty tough talk from Sarkozy and it cost him the election. We heard some of the same tough talk from Cameron and it went nowhere. Tough talk doesn't matter, tough actions do. And welcoming in Geert Wilders while giving Mustafa the boot would at least count for something.