Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Suicide attack planned on Wilders

From Expatica, with thanks to Fjordman, who keeps an eye on the international reporting on Dutch affairs. Something we at KV should be doing a lot more, instead of relying on internal MSM reporting. Because this bit of news should have made headlines in the Netherlands, but didn't. Not by a long shot. One wonders why not...

MP Geert Wilders was threatened with a suicide attack last week. Two young men reportedly planned to shoot the politician down and detonate a van full of explosives next to the politician. “Many innocent people were to die in the chaos.”

This has emerged from the report Wilders filed with the Haaglanden police. A warning of the attack planned for either The Hague or Amsterdam came via the anonymous hotline for crime tips. A similar, but less detailed, death threat came in via the hotline this week. It is unusual for this hotline to be used to announce death threats.

The initial, very concrete warning spoke about an attack planned for early February. Wilders would first be shot, and then a man would drive a white delivery van into the victim and detonate the 500 to 600 kilos of explosives in the vehicle.


The person who called the hotline said that the perpetrators were not fundamentalists, but “just wanted revenge.”

Well, that's okay then. Just as long as they're not fundamentalist. Because that would be, eehm... awkward?

Anyway, this news comes hot on the heels of an interview that Wilders gave yesterday, in which he doesn't exactly mince words viz-a-vis and apropos of (small Thin Blue Line reference) the Religion of Peace(tm). See also Isaac Schrödingers post below.
According to Wilders, Islam is a violent religion. "If Mohammed lived here today, I would propose tarring and feathering and hunting him out of the country as an extremist. (...) If Muslims want to stay here, they must tear up and throw away half the Koran. They must not listen to their Imam. I have read the Koran. (...) And I know that there are enough terrible things in it. If Muslims do assimilate, they are fully-fledged citizens, not a millimetre less valuable than you or I."

Wilders believes his new PVV party - it obtained 9 Lower House seats in November - can grow into "one of the biggest parties" in parliament. "Other parties avoid the themes that threaten us in our existence. Everything we are proud of, we sell to the devil. (...) You feel that you are no longer living in your own country."
On his thoughts about Israel:
The only criticism he has of the country is that "I find Israel sometimes listens to Europe too much. It should have intervened in Lebanon much earlier. I am more inclined to consider that Israel does not go far enough than that it goes too far."
Read it all.

(Cross posted at Klein Verzet)


Anonymous said...

What's wrong with the Dutch? Why are they still so docile in the face of the undeniable threat to their very survival?

What percentage of the Dutch population supports Geert Wilders' party?

Kiddo said...

How did this NOT make the news in the NL? This is insane. Not unexpexted, but, still insane. Glad you posted it. I've been too sick to even check my mail, but I might have a few mails about this by now. This is really too much. Back to I guess.

Kleinverzet said...

>How did this NOT make the news in the NL?

Because threats to Wilders are pretty much considered old news. Because the message is ridiculed for the messenger. Because it would shatter the illusion that everthing is hunky-dorey in the Lowlands. Because...

Because people will always find excuses to not take seriously anything they don't want to. That is pretty much it. Dutch evidently are not of the same cloth the Danes are made of... *sigh*

Anonymous said...

Just discovered that Wilders' party only has nine seats out of 150. That's not a lot of support. I thought the Dutch would have woken up by now, after the well-publicized brutal murder of Theo Van Gogh.

Kiddo said...

Sad, sad. And I thought his hair could keep him in the news. Alas.

Brian H. Gill said...

Thanks for the heads-up.

It's hard to imagine an explanation for news in the Netherlands - and globally - to ignore this dramatic story: an explanation that doesn't include political correctness, at any rate.

It looks like the blogosphere scooped traditional news media this time.