Though he never really went away, Dutch politician Geert Wilders hasn’t been a prominent face in the news lately. Nonetheless, if you were wondering what he’s doing these days, wonder no more. Within a span of less than half of a week, he’s definitely back on the scene and just fired with both barrels.
Yesterday, on his blog, Wilders slapped the Saudis while that country was no doubt, busy being outraged at the sweet nuclear deal Iran got courtesy of the Obama administration. Wilders posted his idea for a new Saudi flag and explained why:
The flag of Saudi Arabia proudly proclaims the Shahada or the Islamic declaration of faith: “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”
In remembrance of the past nine years, in remembrance of the thousands of victims who were murdered in that period by Islamic assassins, in London, in Moscow, in Mumbai, in Nairobi, and in countless other places, and in remembrance of the millions of people – women, apostates, non-Muslims – who daily suffer discrimination and humiliation from the evil ideology of Islam and oppressive Islamic Sharia law, I offer the Islamic world a new flag – a flag with a declaration of truth and liberation: “Islam is a lie, Muhammad a criminal, the Koran is poison.”
Just a few short days earlier, Wilders penned an op-ed that appeared in the Wall Street Journal. In it, he essentially predicts that the elections across Europe in May will result in a major defeat for the European Union and victories for patriotism.
Here is a tip if you want to ruin the day of the bureaucrats and politicians in Brussels. Just mention next year’s European elections and they will become extremely nervous and agitated. They will fume with anger and warn you about rising populism, a threat to democracy.
Next May’s European elections, in which almost 400 million people in the 28 EU member states will be allowed to cast their votes, will in all likelihood produce a landslide against the Eurocrats. What will manifest itself, however, is not a rise of populism, but a victory for democracy.
For decades, Brussels has been able to do what it pleases. That period is over. People have finally come to realize that so-called europhiles aim to destroy Europe’s nations, the homes of national democracies. And people are not going to let it happen. They are no longer buying the lie that patriotism is dangerous, that it is a vice and not a virtue. They are reasserting their national pride and identity.
Robert Schuman, who was one of the EU’s founding fathers 60 years ago, used to say that the aim of European integration was “to make war not only unthinkable but materially impossible.” But the idea that Germany, France, Britain and other nations in the past went to war because they were sovereign nations is simply ridiculous. They went to war because they had fallen for totalitarian ideologies. Democracies do not go to war against each other; they trade with one another.
In his piece, Wilders refers to the EU as a “prison of nations” and clearly believes that the climate for patriotism is ripe for return all across Europe.