nativism", as one San Diego newspaper columnist put it. Despite a government indictment against him for "inciting hatred", Wilders has just pummeled his opposition in Dutch regional elections, embarrassing enlightened European elites and putting his Freedom Party on track to secure him the country's premiership come July, along with increasing representation in the EU Parliament from the current 5 of 25 Dutch seats.
Wilders is the man behind Fitna, a short film (14-17 minutes, depending on the version) which intends to highlight the threat of radical Islam to European civilization. It may surprise you to learn that, in spite of being urged repeatedly by close friends, and much like with MEMRI's important coverage, I simply don't have the stomach to watch it. I don't need help understanding the danger posed by violent Islamists, committed as I am to the security of a nation relentlessly besieged since before its inception by the same cast of characters that now wish to dominate Europe. Nor, do I think, will videotape of another sad Arab child exhorting martyrdom, or explaining that my people are descendant from pigs, affect my motivations or passions on the issue. I will not think less of you for taking a peek.
To quell the matter, no, I don't believe the answer is to kill as many Muslims as possible. Some people do, deep down, and this concerns me. No, I don't think Islam is a religion of hate. Yes, I think the "nativist" element rightly brings up concerns the European establishment is loathe to take on, seeing as doing so dredges up delicate questions about the uncertain future of Western Civilization, should it do nothing.
Wilders appears to be a new European politician, inclined to deal with the real and growing challenge to European cultures and values, demographics, national survival - the kind of unpleasantness those racist, apartheid-building Jews down in Israel have been having to deal with. Oh yes, Geert Wilders is a wild supporter of Israel, seeing it as Europe's "first line of defense". In this, he is a peculiar figure on the European "far right" - his ideological contemporaries around the continent tend to be quite unfavorable to the Jews, perhaps even more so than to the Muslims. Still, as the minaret bans in Switzerland and now Germany show, the "nativist" movement is growing, and Wilders is its most spectacular figure.
There are strong xenophobic strains in Europe we should not ignore. When they combine with provincial Christendom, if we can call it that, and righteous indignation, you have the makings of an anti-Islamist revolt that will break a few eggs on its way to an omelet. History tells us that Europe has met Islam head on before, and after centuries of dogma, rage and blood reversed the tide of Muslim conquest. No people will sit idle as it is colonized into cultural extinction - isn't this what proponents of the Palestinians tell us? The continent must grapple with the difficult questions of cultural survival now, before the options degenerate to spasms of violence Europe knows too well.