Over on Your Freedom and Ours a thoughtful piece on the March 5 presentation of Fitna and subsequent press conference by Geert Wilders, Lord Pearson of Rannoch and Baroness Cox.
Particularly interesting (to foreign readers, but perhaps also to Dutch readers) is the section on Wilders’ intended policies, of which we hear far too little, as Helen notes as well:
What are Mr Wilders’s policies? It’s worth asking that question since you will never find out the answer from the main-stream media whose denizens consider the state of Mr Wilders’s hair far more important.
All in all, of you want a short concise introduction to the political views of Geert Wilders, or a proper report on the press conference, head on over.
Elsewhere, some prominent US conservatives have decided that Europe’s re-emerging self-esteem is somehow a prelude to a Europe-wide take-over by fascists. Glenn Beck is the most notable. But, as GoV points out, Charles Krauthammer and Bill Kristol have also joined this mad dash into little green insanity.
Or is there something more sinister going on? Several commenters made the observation that Fox is owned, in part, by Prince bin Talal of Saudi Arabia. This may have something to do with Fox actively fighting (and mis-labelling) criticism of islam and muslims. As remembered by Walid Shoebat:
He himself (Prince bin Talal) said, ‘I just had to make a phone call to [tell them to] stop using the word Muslim’ regarding the rioting in France,” Mr. Shoebad notes. “Bill O’Reilly says to Ibrahim Hooper, the head of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), that he is an upstanding citizen. Since when was the head of CAIR an upstanding citizen?
Beck’s interview with Geert Wilders has been taken down. But what were these Mr. Beck? Just empty words? Or are you selling out your friends and comrades in arms for a few measly pieces of silver? What are you, Mr. Beck?
[UPDATE001] Mark Steyn has his take on the situation here.
Wilders does not need to be lectured condescendingly about distinctions within Islam, because he lives with them every day.
Ouch! So true, but… Ouch!