Then there was Theo Van Gogh, a controversial filmmaker, actor and columnist, the grandson of the brother of the famous post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh. A flamboyant character like Fortuyn, his criticism spared no one, but unlike Holland's catholics, protestants and jews, its muslims took that criticism a tad too serious. In 2003, together with the Somali refugee Ayaan Hirsi Ali, he made the film Submission, in which the plight of women under islamic rule is highlighted. For using fragments of the koran in it, he was assassinated in 2004 by Dutch-born Moroccan Mohammed Bouyeri, who emptied a gun in him (eight cartridges), slit his throat (almost decapitating him), stabbed his corpse with a knife on which a letter threatening Hirsi Ali was pinned, and pushed another, very long knife through him which almost reached the spine.
A third Dutchman who refused to swallow the multiculti lunacy emerged shortly therafter, the liberal politician Geert Wilders (keep in mind that in Europe the word liberal is still being used to describe a center-right political inclination that favors free markets, but holds progressive views on ethical questions). In the late nineties, as an MP for the liberal VVD, he began to profile himself as a critic of The Netherlands' lavish welfare support for people allegedly unfit for work and, simultaneously, as a sceptic of the multiculti walhalla as propagated by the left and centrists. It should be noted that Wilders as early as 1998 warned in the Tweede Kamer [the House - MFBB] against islamic fundamentalism, and called muslim fundamentalism, in a remarkable session in December 1999, "one of the biggest threats of the coming decade".
As post 9/11 the increasing islamization of The Netherlands became all the more visible, and especially Moroccan youths were, and are, instrumental in the skyrocketing criminality phenomenon in Dutch society, Wilders quickly gained notoriety with his crass viewpoints. In September 2004, after yet another conflict with the weak VVD leadership, he decided to start with his own party in Dutch politics, Groep Wilders. Shortly thereafter a first islamic video threatening his assassination 'because of mocking islam' was issued, and from October 2004 on, PRIOR to Van Gogh's murder, he is being protected by a six-man strong bodyguard and sleeps at a different location every night. Despite the serious limitations on his mobility, Wilders has managed to build his initial one-man fraction into a well-oiled political party, the PVV [Partij Voor Vrijheid, Party for Freedom - MFBB]. In between, he made a short (15 minutes) film named Fitna, which, using koranic verses, explores the inherent inhumanity and backwardness in the muslims' holy book. January 2009 brought the ruling of a kangaroo court which ordered prosecutors to try Wilders "for insulting muslim worshippers because of comparisons between islam and nazism". In November 2009, Dutch Interior Minister Guusje Ter Horst demanded, and got, a "scientific" report "providing scientific basis that Wilders was undermining social cohesion". And on December 4, 2009, Wilders was ordered to appear before the court on January 20, 2010, on charges of "fomenting to hate and discrimination against muslims because of their religion and fomenting to hate and discrimination against non-western foreigners and/or Moroccans because of their race".
And thus happened. That trial... is now going on, as we speak.
In the country that once prided itself for its freedom of speech, a rightwing politican is now ON TRIAL for nothing else than making anti-islamic statements.
(to be continued)