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Wilders' new book: not yet officially out but everyone has seen it

Saturday 21 April 2012

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A new book by Geert Wilders aimed at the American market is not due to be officially launched until May 1, but details gleaned from advance and review copies are already doing the rounds.

The book is entitled Marked for Death, Islam's war against the West and me and according to Wilders' own website 'tells the story of Geert Wilders' fight for the right to speak what he believes: namely that Islam is not just a religion but primarily a dangerous ideology which is a threat to Western freedoms.'

The book will be officially presented at an as-yet secret location in the US, and is regarded by some as Wilders' calling card to America. The Dutch MP has made no secret of his international ambitions and is keen to launch an International Freedom Alliance, he said last year.

Feelings

Freke Vuijst states in magazine Vrij Nederland that for a book with 'me' in the title, there is little about Wilders himself.

'And that is a pity,' Vuijst writes: 'As a reader, no matter what you think about Wilders, you want to know how he feels after almost eight years living under the threat of a violent death. How do you cope with the fear and with the loss of privacy?'

Only once does Wilders show any emotion in the book, when he writes about how he cried when his father died, Vuijst states. Because of the security risk, he could not stay at the family home and had to return to his hide-out. 'I had to cry and cry,' Wilders wrote. 'The bodyguards were uncomfortable and embarrassed.'

Arab youths

Magazine HP/De Tijd looks at one incident in the book in which Wilders writes how he was robbed by 'three Arab youths' in the Utrecht district of Kanaleneiland - an area of poor housing and high unemployment.

In fact, the robbery took place in a more upmarket part of town several kilometres away the magazine says, citing references to the incident in a biography of Wilders published several years ago.

Index and sources

Tom Kleijn, Washington correspondent for television show Nieuwsuur says the book is a dry, almost academic account of 'how Wilders has become what he is'. The book even contains an index and sources, he points out.

'Wilders has a small, rich and fanatical group of followers in America,' Kleijn said. But it remains to be seen if this book will boost Wilders' popularity, he went on.

Current Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte is not mentioned once, but Wilders states five times that he and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Dutch-Somali Islam critic who now works for a US think-tank, are off the same opinion, Kleijn points out.

Criticism of Obama

Nos correspondent Eelco Bosch van Rosenthal describes how Wilders emphasises his admiration for former US president Ronald Reagan and states current president Barack Obama is a dhimmi - a submissive non-Muslim in a Muslim state.

But none of this is new, Bosch van Rosenthal says. And the White House is unlikely to be upset, although this attitude is also connected to the Netherlands' loss of status in recent years.

He also notes how Wilders tells the story of arriving in Turkey after a visit to Iran in 1994. At last he is in a civilised country, Wilders says, and kisses the ground.

It is perhaps an unfortunate statement given Wilders' current antagonism towards Turkey. In addition, this week's visit to the Netherlands by the Turkish president led to the collapse of the Zeeland provincial coalition - the only local authority alliance involving the PVV.

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Readers' Comments

Wilders' calling card to America? It's going to be the Dutch calling card to America if the current government doesn't start condemning Wilders' party's actions.

By Bob | 21 April 2012 1:32 PM

Sending a nice picture of the Dutch with the unkempt tawdry bleached hair. Certainly that book photo will have him taken seriously...

By Please | 21 April 2012 4:20 PM

'Wilders: a dangerous clown' would have been a better title

By peter stark | 21 April 2012 4:23 PM

I believe that freedom of speech and expression of opinion should be guaranteed. However, this freedom should stop when crossing the boundary of others that includes religion, symbols...etc.

I believe Wilder is crossing the line and aggravate the Muslim community in the NL and the Islamic world.

I am very convinced that Wilder is doing that for the sake popularity and does not care about the bad consequences that he induces.

By ZA | 21 April 2012 5:51 PM

Wilders is becoming the Dutch equivalent of Sarah Palin, i.e. a national embarrassment cashing in on his "fame".

By poeliewoepsie | 21 April 2012 6:29 PM

@poeliewoepsie: Couldn't agree with you more but it is interesting how many people still are dumb to buy Palin's gibberish book and make her richer. Long lines of people waiting to get the bimbo's book signed. If I was that interested in what each of them have to say, I'd either read it at the bookstore or buy it and then return it so these bozos don't get rich.

By carol | 21 April 2012 7:40 PM

@ZA: that is a "head in the sand" approach: to impose censorship not to "upset" any group in society. There are numerous problems with that, starting with an incentive for an ever-increasing "don't hurt my feelings"-based society to, much more serious, the prospect of censorship being used for excuse goals.

People should get over the fact that, at some point in life, people will be mocked, criticized or stereotyped. It's part of life, and freedom of speech trumpets over hurt feelings in my opinion.

Nobody should care about consequences for exerting a right.

By Andre L. | 21 April 2012 8:38 PM

I'm always fascinated to get a look at the parallel universe that people like Wilders live in.
First victimise everyone, muslims, Poles, Scottish cows etc, then can present himself as the victim!
The only person GW cares about is himself,and presenting himself as the hero of his own ,carefully orchestrated drama.
I don't doubt he deliberately want's to bring down the government in the hope of gaining more votes next time.

By Donaugh | 21 April 2012 9:52 PM

Andre L. thank you!

Just because we might not like or agree with his options doesn't mean he should not happen.

You are doing the same thing directed at him. If you practice what you preach or disagree with him then are you entitled to that opinion.

Think before being so short sighted contradictory!

By Indeed | 21 April 2012 10:17 PM

Whatever you think of Wilders, his book, motives... One thing is clear, had he spoken out boldly and publicly against Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism... he would no be in protective hiding for years, would have no political party and no book. But, he spoke out against what?
He has held to his convictions and suffered much

By bet | 21 April 2012 10:42 PM

The problem with saying "I'm all in favour of free speech, but..." is that the addition of the word "but" means you're not in favour of free speech. The word "free" like the word "unique" cannot have qualifiers...Unless you're referring to the word as used by marketeers. Have you ever noticed that when Appie Heijn offers you 25% "free" on a product that you can't get them to keep the 75% that isn't free and just give you the free bit?

By William | 22 April 2012 12:59 AM

Eelco Bosch van Rosenthal's comments on Geert "kissing the ground" in Turkey shows the ignorance now wide-spread amongst many of our opinionated commentariat.

In 1994 Turkey had a secular government which opposed fundamental Islamists and Islamic terror groups, the then Turkish government co-operated friendly with Israel and other free democracies. Back then Turkey was a fully trusted NATO partner. This is not the case today. Today Istambul and Teheran are quickly becoming best mates and a Dutch government and Dutch media ignorant of these facts - and the consequences - is dangerously naiive.

By Raoul Machal | 22 April 2012 12:59 AM

Is there a book yet about what kind of rich people donate to Wilders financially? That would be so much more constructive for this world than talking us towards some white jihad.

By Martin | 22 April 2012 1:21 AM

Should be an interesting read and I think he will get big in the USA, especially since 9/11

By Phil | 22 April 2012 3:42 AM

Folks may not like what he says, but we all know that there is a kernel of truth to it. A lot of immigrants(of which I am one) leave their homes because they do not like the way their country is run, but when they land in an Western country, they want to establish their same old ways, to the detriment of the locals.

By andrew b. dikens | 22 April 2012 6:23 AM

There does need to be a discussion about this.

Does Islam and especially radical Islam present a 'threat' to the West? Does immigration of 'radical' Muslims present a threat? If so, how, and at what levels.

Does the west need to be afraid or is there room for dialogue and movement toward a solution?

Is Islam compatible with the modern democratic Western world?

Is it about Fundamentalism and NOT Islam? If it is about Fundamentalism, how do we combat Fundamentalism.

It is not rational to attack the man but it IS rational to attack his message if it is irrational.

We need cool heads here not childish attacks.

By Michael | 22 April 2012 8:43 AM

Book almost out.Pulls out of governmen.Now is a good timed for him to make a profit and get his ass kissed by some racist Americans.Bye Bye Geertyou wont be missed.I doubt you care for Holland your only interest is to become rich out of racism.

By jason buttle | 22 April 2012 9:57 AM

For once I agree with Phil. I'm sure Fox News has room for one more ranting hysteric.

By CW | 23 April 2012 7:26 AM

According to Islam the world is divided into two. One is "the world that is at peace" because it is adhering to the rules penned down by Mohamed as the literal word of God (Allah). The other world that is not yet living by Islamic rules, is the "world at war" and it is the duty of all Muslims to turn the "world at war" into the "world at peace".

The means available to Muslims to reach this ultimate goal can vary from friendly coercion (think interfaith discussion groups) to social exclusion (stigmatization) to discrimination (in taxation and rights) to intimidation (threaten to use violence) to actual use of violence (terrorism). The free West is only aware of the latter.

By Houteklomp | 5 May 2012 9:32 PM

I am a dutchman and I just read Wilders new book. It is well researched en very well written. Wilders presents here a very well documented historical perspective on islam and its ideological roots as well as its goal. Als interesting is a broad background check on Wilders himself, his youth and his life up till now. Its a good read well worth the price.

By DeKadt | 7 May 2012 11:53 AM

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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