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Geert Wilders: ‘Marked for Death: Islam’s War against the West and Me’


Dutch Politician Geert Wilders

Dutch Politician Geert Wilders
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Islam is waging an aggressive war against the West; nothing less than the future of individual liberty is at stake.

The conflict is civilizational in scope and is being fought on two primary fronts: Europe and America.

The Islamization of the West is being aided and abetted by multiculturalists in Europe and America who are enforcing politically correct curbs on free speech designed to silence all criticism of Islam.

Islam’s war on the West has reached a decisive phase. Europe may already be a lost cause, leaving America as the last bastion of Western civilization, facing an Islamic Europe.

These are just a few of the conclusions of an insightful and highly readable new book about Islam, Marked for Death: Islam’s War against the West and Me, authored by Geert Wilders, the Dutch lawmaker who has devoted his life to fighting for free speech and stopping the Islamization of Europe.

Wilders — one of a growing number of Westerners who have been marked for death for criticizing Islam — opens the book by briefly describing his life under round-the-clock guard because of explicit threats to murder him by Muslim extremists.

“I have a panic room in my house,” Wilders writes, “where I am supposed to take refuge if one of the adherents of the ‘religion of peace’ makes it past my permanent security detail and into my home. In fact, it’s not really my home at all—I live in a government safe house, heavily protected and bulletproof….I have been surrounded by police guards and stripped of nearly all personal privacy…. I am driven every day from the safe house to my office in the Dutch Parliament building in armored police cars….I wear a bulletproof jacket….Always surrounded by plainclothes police officers, I have not walked the streets on my own in more than seven years…. [I am] imprisoned in my own country for the mere fact that I have spoken out against enemies of the West.”

Wilders continues: “Leading a life like that got me thinking about some big questions. Western societies guarantee their citizens something that no other civilizations grant them: privacy. It’s one of those things you tend to take for granted unless you lose it. The importance of privacy is unique to Western society with its notion of the sovereign individual. In stark contrast to Western norms, Islam robs people of their privacy. Islamic societies—including Islamic enclaves in the West—exert tight social control that is indicative of the totalitarian character of Islam.”

Wilders dedicates several well-referenced chapters to demonstrate how “Islam is not just a religion, as many Americans believe, but primarily a political ideology in the guise of a religion.” Among other sources, he uses verses from the Koran itself to show how “the political ideology of Islam is not moderate—it is totalitarian…with global ambitions.”

In one chapter, Wilders provides an extensive survey of well-known experts on Islam who show why Islam is far more than just a religion. According to the Egyptian-born ex-Muslim Nonie Darwish, for example, Islam as a whole is “a political and legal system of totalitarian control….The most glaring evidence that Islam is hardly a ‘religion’ is in its apostasy law—the order to kill those who leave it. That immediately moved Islam from the realm of religion to the realm of totalitarian political ideology.”

Other experts quoted by Wilders have this to say about Islam: “one of our greatest mistakes is to think of Islam as just another one of the world’s great religions.”; “In my view, Islam is primarily a legal system, a law.”; “In Islam you can’t eat à la carte, you have to take the whole menu.”; and “Islam is unique in demanding that it alone must rule the political sphere.”

In another chapter, Wilders provides an historical survey of non-Muslims living under Islamic rule over the past 1,400 years. He also shows how one of the big consequences of the so-called Arab Spring is that Christian communities across the Middle East are being decimated as radical Islam becomes empowered.

Wilders takes issue with President Barack Obama’s June 2009 speech at al-Azhar University in Cairo, in which he proclaimed that “I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.”

According to Wilders, “for the first time in America’s 233-year history, a U.S. president offered a pact to the followers of one particular religion” in which he “bestowed upon Islam a privileged position above all other religions and ideologies.”

Wilders also quotes Teddy Roosevelt, the twenty-sixth president of the United States, who wrote: “Wherever the Mohammedans have had a complete sway, wherever the Christians have been unable to resist them by the sword, Christianity has ultimately disappeared. From the hammer of Charles Martel to the sword of [King of Poland John III] Sobieski, Christianity owed its safety in Europe to the fact that it was able to show that it could and would fight as well as the Mohammedan aggressor.”

Soeren Kern

About the Author: The writer is a Senior Fellow at the New York-based Gatestone Institute. He is also Senior Fellow for European Politics at the Madrid-based Grupo de Estudios Estratégicos / Strategic Studies Group, one of the oldest and most influential foreign policy think tanks in Spain.


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