1.) 22 JANUARY: DEWINTER'S "QURAN SOURCE OF ALL EVIL" SPEECH IN THE LOWER HOUSE.
"The quran is the reason for a lot of turmoil, the source of all evil, a licence to kill", said Dewinter from the speaker's pulpit with a quran in his hand. "This book, the basis of the islamic teachings, is professed in a fundamentalist way in quite a lot of mosques in our country". (...)
Filip Dewinter states that he understands "that there are a lot of moderate muslims". "But that does not mean there is a moderate islam and that the quran would be moderate".
Interior Minister was quite upset with Dewinter's statements. "There's something I have to tell you. You are waving here with a book which quite a lot of people in this country hold in high esteem. You are stigmatising an entire community here. We all know that there are radical and extremist elements in this community. All of us in this lower house want to fight against that. But you won't find any support for your views in this chamber".
FYI, Jan Jambon, Vice PM and Interior Minister for the supposedly center-right party NVA, is one of those #JeSuisCharlie idiots demonstrating in Paris two weeks ago, utterly convinced that his acte-de-présence actually made a difference.
2.) 25 JANUARY: LIMBURG MUSLIMS DEEPLY UPSET BY SPEECH DEWINTER.
Next step, a number of muslims holding a local political mandate, curiously enough all with constituencies in the eastern province of Limburg, were SOOOOOOOOOO upset with the words used by Dewinter to describe their holy book:
Here is some coverage by De Morgen, a thoroughly leftist newspaper (an oxymoron actually, basically all printed media in Belgium is leftwing to one degree or another):
"MUSLIMS FROM LIMBURG DEEPLY UPSET BY SPEECH DEWINTER.
Muslims with a (political) mandate in city councils and OCMW-boards (state-run welfare agencies) react strongly against the wording used in a speech by Filip Dewinter, Vlaams Belang, last Thursday in the Kamer (lower house). "We are tired of having to defend ourselves against [allegations of - MFBB] things we despise too", say muslims, following the link Dewinter sees between islam and extremist terror attacks.
Following an invitation by Uzun Mustafa, town selectman for CDV in Maasmechelen, last weekend all muslims with a political mandate in the province of Limburg held a meeting. Those local politicians for Open VLD, Groen, CDV and SP.a from Maasmechelen, Genk, Houthalen-Helchteren, Heusden-Zolder and Beringen, as well as the chairmen of a number of mosques, issued a joint statement afterwards, in which they state that Dewinter's speech offended them deeply.
"Talk like this (Dewinter stated in the lower house that the Quran is the source of all evil and a 'licence to kill') has provoked strong emotions in our community. Similar extremism does not belong anywhere, and certainly not in Parliament", say the muslims. "We are tired of having to defend ourselves against [allegations of - MFBB] things we despise too". "We want to be a powerful ally of other belief systems, and have a lot of respect for them"."
"A powerful ally of other belief system". Riiiiiiiiiiight. We see that all over the globe.
3.) 30 JANUARY: TWENTY-TWO RAIDS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. 4 SUSPECTS ARRESTED.
Then, on 30 January, Bang! Out of the blue 22 police raids aimed against jihadi recruiters. From HLN:
"BREAKING NEWS. During twenty-two raids in several locations throughout the country, this morning very early, four people were arrested. This happened within the framework of a federal antiterror operation dealing with persons leaving for Syria to join with a terrorist organization there, says (a spokesman for) the federal prosecutor. According to our sources, at least five youngsters, among them minors, would have been recruited by th (jihadist) network."
Guess what??? The raids took place mainly in... the province of Limburg!!! Mostly in Maaseik (11!), but also in Maasmechelen (2), Kinrooi (1), Houthalen-Helchteren (2), Neeroeteren (1), and Genk. Also in Antwerpen (4), and Sint-Jans-Molenbeek (1).
Uh... so let me get this straight... On 25 january a group of muslims from all over the province of LIMBURG issue a statement that they are 'deeply upset' by Dewinter calling the quran 'the source of all evil' in Parliament, and that they despise the terrorist attacks just as vehemently.
Five days later, a massive operation of 22 raids takes place... roughly three quarters of them in... the province of Limburg!
4.) 31 JANUARY: MAYOR NEEROETEREN CLOSES MOSQUE FOR THREE MONTHS.
Uh-oh. On 30 January Neeroeteren's mosque received the attention of federal police. One day later 'something' compels the Mayor of Neeroeteren to close the tent for three months.
"Mayor Jan Creemers (CDV) took the decision (to close the mosque) after a conversation with the mosque's imam. "Our decision is based on security guidelines. The fact that a raid took place is for us a reason to assume that in this prayer house things were happening which cannot be tolerated...."
So we first have a bunch of Limburgian supposedly well-integrated muslims of that famous peaceful majority whining over Dewinter's peppered allegations. They assure us they are just as much as us concerned about the radical elements, the implication being that, "noooooo, islam is the religion of peace, we don't know what came in our youngsters' heads, it's just a tiny tiny minority, if you read the quran it's as cute as Winnie the Pooh or The Waltons or whatever".
Next thing you know, the tiny minority is apparently big enough to warrant a - for Belgian standards anyway - massive sweep of federal police. Mostly in the province of Limburg no less!
You actually have to hand it to them, those cold-hearted f*cking liars. Because, you know, the province of Limburg is known for its widespread muslim communities scattered over a plethora of middle-sized towns. Those are all very tightly knit communities, and I'm sure - I'm absolutely DAMN SURE - that throughout them, whenever something fishy is going on in a mosque's basement, or in the backrooms of suspicious kebab bars, EVERYONE knows about it to one degree or another. Yessir, the whole spectrum from the toddlers over the pain-in-the-ass twelve-year olds over the gung-ho adolescents and their parents to auntie and gramps KNOW ABOUT IT. Not the details, in all likelihood. But that something's up? That 18-year old Mehmet's going to Turkey "on holiday" in the middle of school exams? That stuff has been unloaded from a van into so-and-so's house in the middle of the night? You bet the neighborhood knows it. Nossir, our muslim "brethren" can't in all honesty invoke the 'Wir haben es nicht gewusst' principle.
These Limburg muslims - and especially the local politicians among them - know what is going on in their communities. What nerve then, to pretend to be upset about Dewinter's allegations.
It's all crystal clear to me. We don't need MORE islam.
We need LESS.