Editor's Note: Below are the video and transcript of Dutch freedom fighter Geert Wilders' speech on Europe's suicide in the face of Islam, which was delivered at the David Horowitz Freedom Center's Aug. 3rd evening honoring Dr. Robert Shillman in Newport Coast, California. Dennis Prager also spoke at the event [see his speech here].
Geert Wilders: Thanks Dr. Bob for the introduction.
I feel flattered. But we are here tonight to honor you, not me.
Dear Dr. Bob, dear friends and family of Dr. Bob, fellow freedom fighters, we are happy to have Dr. Bob’s family in our midst today and I propose we give them a huge applause.
I know that I speak on behalf of everyone in this room when I say that it is an enormous pleasure to be here in Newport Beach to honor one of the great American freedom fighters, visionaries and philanthropists, our dear friend Dr. Bob Shillman.
My friends, in 1990, Dr. Bob was named Entrepreneur of the Year for his outstanding performance as founder and CEO of Cognex, the world’s leading supplier of machine vision systems.
If ever anyone deserved to be called Entrepreneur of the Year, it certainly was Dr. Bob.
But, today, I propose we name him Infidel of the Year.
This title is a badge of honor. Because I know no-one who is as supportive for those of us who fight the monstrous ideology of Islam as Dr. Bob Shillman. For this alone, he deserves a medal and our eternal gratitude.
But Dr. Bob is much more. When you say Dr. Bob Shillman, you say many things. You say entrepreneur, you say visionary, you say Cognition Expert.
When you say Dr. Bob Shillman, you say Boston. But you also say San Diego. Indeed, when you say Dr. Bob Shillman you span the entire US from the North East to the South West.
When you say Dr. Bob Shillman, you say Friend of Israel. Defender of Western civilization.
When you say Dr. Bob Shillman, you say speed. Indeed, you even say race cars.
When you say Dr. Bob Shillman, you say science, but you also say generosity. His Ph.D. does not only stand for Doctor of Philosophy, but also for Doctor of Philanthropy.
But when you say Dr. Bob Shillman, above all you say freedom fighter. Friend of Liberty. A true American hero.
But maybe most important of all is that when you say Dr. Bob you say friendship and loyalty. Thank you for that Dr. Bob.
The first time I met Dr. Bob was about ten years ago when I was in Los Angeles to talk about the Islamization of Europe. I just said that Dr. Bob is a visionary. And as such he knows what the future has in store for us if we allow Islam to take over the West.
Dr. Bob is also a man of action. And he knows that it is our duty to defend our superior Western civilization.
To see and not to act would be the great betrayal. These are words by Enoch Powell, who like Dr. Bob was a visionary.
Next year, it will be exactly 50 years since this British politician gave a speech which ended his political career. He began by saying that “The supreme function of statesmanship is to provide against preventable evils.” And then he added what he saw coming to his country as a result of the rising tide of immigration.
“As I look ahead,” he said, “I see ‘the River Tiber foaming with much blood’. Only resolute and urgent action will avert it. Whether there will be the public will to demand and obtain that action, I do not know. All I know is that to see, and not to speak, would be the great betrayal.”
Whatever one may think of some of Powell’s views, no-one can deny that he was right on his essential point;
Immigration would dramatically change his country. But the resolute and urgent action he called for did not come. On the contrary. Powell was called a racist and a bigot. While Britain and the rest of Western Europe, like lemmings jumped off the cliffs.
Half a century later, we can see much blood along the banks of the River Thames. Twice already this year, we have seen Islamic maniacs driving cars into people on Westminster Bridge and London Bridge. In Manchester children were blown to pieces.
And it is not just Britain. But all over Europe, all over the West, Islamic terror has become a fact of life. Europe is a war zone. Paris, Stockholm, Brussels, Madrid. But also America. Dr. Bob’s beloved Boston, Orlando, New York, even San Bernardino, less than an hour’s drive from here. Yes, Islamic barbarism is just around the corner.
And still, the elites refuse to see that Islam is the common denominator behind all these atrocities.
And still they refuse to act to preserve our freedoms and security by de-Islamizing our nations and closing our borders for even more islam.
We are witnessing the great betrayal by the arrogant, ignorant and downright stupid European elites jumping off the cliffs.
The open door policies of many governments in the European Union are sheer madness. Suicide policies.
Even jihadis who have gone to Syria to fight are allowed to return. We have already seen how dangerous these people are. They have committed terror attacks in Manchester, Brussels, and Paris. Interpol has just circulated a list of 173 Islamic State fighters returning to Europe. Terrorists trained to mount suicide attacks in Europe. And there thousands more to come. Europe is a war zone and it will get even worse.
How many victims do the European authorities need before they close their borders to Islamic terror? Instead, they tell us that Islam is a religion of peace, that the terrorists are abusing Islam. All lies. The true Islam is not what Teresa May, Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, your former President Obama or my own Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte say it is.
And although it is indeed a relief to see that you finally have a President who stands for his country and its people -and I applaud President Trump for that - even he is wrong when he makes a distinction between so-called radical Islam and plain ordinary Islam which is supposed to be non-extremist.
Believe me there is no non-extremist Islam. There are many non-extremist Muslims but there is no non-extremist Islam. There is just one Islam. It is in the Koran. Nowhere else.
And there we find verses such as “Fight those who do not believe in Allah.”
Verses such as “Fight them and kill them wherever you find them.”
Verses such as “strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah”, or “roast them in fire”, or “smite at their necks and cause a bloodbath among them” or “seize them and kill them”.
This book is the ranting of a self-proclaimed prophet, Mohammed, who was a criminal, a terrorist, a pedophile, a mass murderer. And who still is an example and inspiration for more than a billion Muslims worldwide today.
Dr. Bob is well aware of this. Ronald Reagan used to say: “When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.” That is exactly Dr. Bob’s approach.
That is why he decided to sponsor an exhibition of Muhammad cartoons in Garland, Texas, in May 2015, where I had the privilege of giving the keynote speech and where two jihadists tried to commit an attack.
Islam calls us pigs. It says our women are whores. It commands to kill all Jews and homosexuals. But it is ignored or even condoned by the authorities.
However, we, we get prosecuted if we warn against Islam or against mass-immigration from countries, such as Morocco, where this poisonous ideology is prevalent, even if we just mention obvious facts.
This has to stop. This must stop.
For we will never surrender to Islam. We will stand strong and do our duty.
Liberty demands sacrifices. Freedom is not for free. It has a price. And we are willing to pay it.
Dr. Bob is willing to pay it, I am willing to pay it, and so are you. Because we are freedom fighters. We may not look like fighters, but in our hearts beats the pulse of freedom. I can feel it. And so can you. And we will allow no-one – no-one – ever to rob us of our freedom.
And we will defend Western civilization everywhere where it is threatened by Islam. And this also means that we stand with a country that is very dear to the heart of Dr. Bob and also to mine and I am sure to yours. Israel.
Israel is the cradle of Judeo-Christian civilization. The only country in the Middle East sharing our values. A beacon of light in a sea of Islamic darkness. If Israel falls, the West falls. And if it falls, we will be next. So Israel is fighting our fight and we should thank them for it and support them. It is the frontline of our civilization. And we will never give it up. And don't be fooled the Israeli-Palestinian problem is not about land but about ideology.
So the solution can never be to return Jewish land to Arabs. They won't stop until the whole land is Islamic.
And let's stop talking about a two state solution because it already exists. Israel is the Jewish State and Jordan the Palestinian state.
My friends, not only Israel, we too are facing an existential problem. Islam is threatening our very existence as free nations. And so we must act, we must warn the people.
Because if the resolute and urgent action that is urgently needed, fails to materialize, then in another 50 years from now, Europe’s Christians, Jews and atheists will be dwarfed by the followers of Islam.
According to Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, the year 2015 was the first time ever in recorded history – the first time ever – that the number of babies born in the European Union was lower than the number of persons who died.
But here is the thing: the total population did not decline. It went up. It went up with 2 million.
And you know why? It went up exclusively because of immigration.
So, what we are witnessing is this: It is the substitution of the population of Europe. Substitution by immigration.
Europe is in the middle of a process of population replacement. A process of colonization. Its nations turned into provinces of Africa and Arabia.
And the consequences will be devastating. Because the bulk of the massive flow of immigrants replacing the indigenous Europeans are Islamic.
Look at the figures: According to the Central Council of Muslims in Germany, at least 80% of the 1.3 million newcomers in Germany in 2015 and 2016 are Islamic.
Germany is becoming Germanistan. Holland is becoming Hollandistan. Europe is becoming Eurabia as my dear friend Bat Ye'or rightfully stated a long time ago already.
A few years ago, Mark Steyn wrote the bestseller “America Alone.” I tell you: If the Europeans do not pull their act together soon, it will be upon us faster than you can imagine:
America as the last vestige of Western civilization. Europe collapsing.
Its democratic nation-states finished.
Its cathedrals in ruins.
Its works of art gone. Forever.
And persecuted European Jews and Christians fleeing to Israel or your way.
That is the future the visionaries see if Europe’s governments keep betraying their people.
Because history shows that wherever Islam becomes dominant, democratic institutions perish, all pre-Islamic remnants are destroyed, and non-Islamic people cease to be safe.
Will our women still be safe in the streets 20 years from now? In many streets they are already unsafe today.
How long will it take before Sharia law is introduced here? In the U.K. Sharia courts already exist today.
How long before the first Cathedral is turned into a mosque? The first priest was already butchered in a French church last year.
These are the questions we must ask ourselves.
But not a single European government dares to address these existential questions. They worry about climate change. But they will soon be experiencing the Islamic winter.
So what can we do?
First of all; Face the facts. As the great Winston Churchill said: “Facts are better than dreams.”
It's time to stop dreaming of a non-existent peaceful Islam. To stop behaving like the cultural relativists who open their mind so wide that their brains fall out. It is time to end tolerating the intolerable.
The West also urgently needs to recognize that it is not just terrorism which is the problem, but Islam. As an ideology of submission, hate and violence. Terrorism is just a tool. But the goal of Islam is conquest.
And this goal is also served through population replacement. We must not just fight terrorism; we also have to stop population substitution.
Who could have imagined in 2010 when the Islamic population in Germany was 4.8 million, that barely six years later there would be 1.5 million more. 6.3 million.
From 5.8% of the population to 7.6% in just half a decade.
That is Angela Merkel’s legacy. The Germans are collectively abolishing themselves. Germany is committing suicide.
According to a recently leaked German government report, the country’s leaders intend to take in 300,000 migrants annually for the next 40 years. Can you believe that? You better do.
The document reveals that in order to keep the current size of the German population stable the German government is counting on permanent mass migration.
Let me tell you what this means: With most of the immigrants coming from the Islamic world, the Islamic population in Germany will jump to more than 25% of the overall German population by 2060. More than 25%.
If that happens, it is bye bye to the land of Bach and Beethoven, down the drain Kant and Schiller.
And the elites in France, the Netherlands, Britain, Sweden and other West-European countries are equally insane. They have allowed 1.5 million immigrants to enter Western Europe since 2015.
The European Union is facilitating the process of population replacement.
The open border policies imposed by the EU on its member states prevent these countries to control their own borders.
The EU Court of Justice and the European Human Rights Court dismiss sovereign laws of member states and trample on their rights to approve who enters their countries.
Yesterday we saw once again an appalling example of this.
The European Human Rights Court ruled yesterday that Germany is not allowed to expel a dangerous foreign terrorist belonging to Islamic State.
Unbelievable but true.
I say: Time to get rid of these courts.
Abolish all international human rights courts. They have proven that they do not respect the basic right of ordinary citizens: The right to safety.
The EU is also forcing countries to take in quotas of immigrants. EU Frontex ships pick immigrants up at sea and transport them to the EU instead of sending them back. Everything the EU does makes matters worse.
Up to 1 million more, predominantly young men, are currently waiting in North Africa, eager to invade Europe. And this, my dear friends, is just the beginning.
The population of Africa is exploding. Its numbers expected to rise from 1 billion today to 2 billion by 2050 and 4 billion by the end of the century. According to the International Labor Organization, one third of them intend to leave their country.
If these people are allowed to move North, this is what will happen: More Africans living in Europe by the end of the century than indigenous Europeans.
I repeat: More Africans than Europeans. In Europe. By the time of your grandchildren. Population replacement is not just a possibility. If nothing happens, it will be a fact.
Our culture, identity and nations as we know them today will cease to exist.
Our worst nightmare come true.
But, my friends, will we allow it to happen? Of course not. We are not going to jump off the cliffs.
I am a politician. Dr. Bob does not like politicians. But Dr. Bob seems to like me anyway. And I will tell you why. It is because I, unlike many other politicians, instead of creating problems, address the problems whatever the consequences and present solutions to problems.
And here are some of the solutions which I propose:
1. De-Islamize our nations. Close the borders to Islamic immigration. Enough is enough. And no more Islamic schools or mosques. Why allow mosques in our countries when the first church still has to built in Saudi Arabia?
2. Immediate denaturalization of every European jihadi who has left to fight in Syria or elsewhere. Dont allow them to return to our countries. And introduce administrative detention for everyone the intelligence services suspect of preparing terror attacks or pose a serious threat to national security. As the State of Israel already does very effectively.
3. Defend the Judeo-Christian roots of our civilization. We are NOT Islamic. We should be proud of who we are and not afraid but proud to say that our culture is the best and far better than the Islamic culture.
4. Regain and protect national sovereignty. Without a nation state there can be no nationional identity and no democracy. For my country it can only be done outside the institutional monster called the European Union.
5. Guarantee freedom of speech. No matter how politically incorrect, the truth is the truth and must be expressed even - especially - when the truth is uncomfortable for the ruling elites.
These are some of the solutions that I propose.
I do not want to see my country, the Netherlands, perish.
I want to see the Dutch people remain free, independent, sovereign and Dutch.
My dear friends, liberty is the most precious of gifts. My generation never had to fight for this freedom, it was offered to us on a silver platter, by people who fought for it with their lives. All throughout Europe, American cemeteries remind us of the young boys and men who never made it home, and whose memory we cherish. My generation does not own this freedom; we are merely it's custodians.
We can only hand over this hard won liberty to Europe’s children in the same state it was offered to us. We cannot strike a deal with mullahs and imams. Future generations would never forgive us. We cannot squander our liberties.
We simply do not have the right to do so. We have to do our duty and take the necessary action that is needed to stay free people and free nations. Therefore we have to stop and reverse the Islamization of the West. Of America, of Europe of Australia and all the Western world.
And here is the man, whom both you and I find on our side in this battle for the heart of nation, in this struggle for the preservation of Western civilization: Dr. Bob Shillman.
A man for all seasons. The best of friends: Dr. Bob Shillman. I am convinced that if only our leaders in Western Europe would have just a tenth of the courage and sharp-mindedness of Dr. Bob, our nations could be saved.
And I tell you, if ever I become Prime Minister of the Netherlands - and I will - I will make him a honorary citizen of my country.
Dear Dr. Bob, unfortunately you are not Dutch, but I can tell you this: It is an honor to stand in the great battle for the survival of our civilization side by side with you.
You have never let us down. I will never let you down.
All of us together in this room: We will never let each other down. We are a band of brothers.
And we intend to win this great battle. And save Western civilization.