The political landscape in The Netherlands is changing. Yesterday in the debate about Fitna the Dutch Prime Minster Balkenende could remarkably be heard praising the Islam critical film Obsession and now tomorrow Dutch conservative weekly magazine Opinio publishes an article under the title: “The secret speech of the Dutch prime minister” (it’s already available on their website):
Last Sunday there was a secret meeting of thirty prominent Christian Democratic party members. At this meeting [Prime Minister] Jan Peter Balkenende gave a remarkable speech. He spoke openly about Islam and the need for a party vision. What follows is a short translation of the speech as published in Opinio:
“We need to change course”, says the Prime Minister. “Last months we have been held hostage by Geert Wilders. We have maneuvered ourselves in a position from which we could not escape”. And describes how Obahama his Philadelphia speech inspired him. Just like Obahama, he wants to become honest and name problems:
“what’s the big problem? I will say it head on: the big problem is Islam. That’s right, I don’t say: radical Islam or Islamic terrorism or fundamentalism in general. No, I say: the big problem is Islam”
He wants the group and the party’s research center to work on coherent vision on Islam and present the results next month. A lack of vision about Islam made them vulnerable for Geert Wilders. Thus the Prime Minister now rejects the mantra’s of dialog, freedom of religion, the difference between radical Islam and Islam:
“We can not and should no longer say it’s all the same. Bible and Koran, all the same. No it’s not! We should reject that cowardly comparison.”
And demonstrates to the audience the difference between the Koranic and Biblical story of Job. After that the Prime Minister concludes that the Koran is shallow and just demands submission.
Balkenende also describes his political scenario for the coming months. The first scenario is a war plan to attack Geert Wilders, to be executed together with Justice minister Hirsh Ballin. The second scenario is to roll out their new vision. Neither the liberal party nor the socialist can develop a vision on religion he thinks. But:
“We can. We can say there is a big difference between Jesus and Mohammed. Both prophets. But Mohammed was also a general and conqueror. Someone who raised hell in Mekka. Also a person with a love life – if all stories are correct – that’s not very respectable.
You know I don’t like to emphasize differences. I rather look for the common ground. But we constantly looked for common ground in the dialog with Muslims. But tell me: has a Muslims ever asked you about the trinity? Or about the holy spirit? I think it’s very much a one-way street. Why are we so shy? Why do we lack self-confidence?
I tell you: now is the time to demonstrate we are Christians. I say this from the bottom of my hart. It’s needed. It’s more than needed. Why can’t we be proud on Christianity?”
“I say: we need to be proud on Christianity”.
Prime Minister Balkenende denies the speech and has threatened to go to court about it. But
rumor has it, that the speech has been recorded.
Today was the trial and magazine Opinio defended the article as being a parody, a satire (NL). One can only wonder what’s left of the reputation of The Netherlands only slightly conservative magazine. I guess, in Holland conservatism is hardly more than a parody.
The courts however ruled in favor of Opinio. The magazine does not have to rectify the article. The courts also rejected Balkenende his claim that: “the behavior of Opinio can be compared with somebody who throws a cigarette in shop full of fireworks”.
The moderately conservative magazine Opinio is the only of it’s kind in The Netherlands. Thus mainstream politicians like the Christian Democrats deem it extreme right. Former Philips CEO Roel Pieper, who as a former TANDEM CEO came back from the United States, is the financier and owner of the magazine. Pieper, having experienced the United States did not like what he found when he returned to The Netherlands and became politically active. But last week Pieper announced he has left the country for good.
The government has released the ‘mentally disturbed’ leftwing radical who forced him self in the house of the Pieper family in 2003 and stabbed both him and his wife. Pieper’s wife was stabbed 10 times by the politically motivated intruder. She was stabbed, in the neck, chest and back and nearly died. Now, not yet 5 five years later, the government has already released the political killer, without informing the Pieper family. That was just too much for the Pieper family, who has now decided to leave the country for good. The Netherlands does not protect its citizens they say.
But now after Opinion has published the satirical ‘secret speech’ the government could not get banned, the government wants revenge. And it’s attack machine does not stop where it’s constitutional power end. Thus the state informed the press about private tax information of the former Philips CEO. Who like all CEO’s coming from a broad receives a big tax reduction. The government now informs the Dutch public about the tax reduction and says the ‘real’ reason is, not the near dead of his wife, but because they revoked the tax break (NL) of their political opponent…