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Wilders sets up international alliance against Islam

Published on : 16 July 2010 - 8:22pm | By Johan Huizinga (photo: flickr/jacco de boer )
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Populist Dutch politician Geert Wilders is hoping to bring together the world’s anti-Islam forces. The Freedom Party (PVV) leader has set up the International Freedom Alliance, which appears at the moment to be a network of individuals.

Mr Wilders describes the IFA as an umbrella organisation for groups and individuals who “are fighting for freedom against Islam”. He stresses that it is not an international branch of his right-wing Freedom Party, a relative newcomer to Dutch domestic politics. The IFA is intended to be a network of kindred spirits from the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Germany.

He describes it as an outlet for the ideas of people who position themselves between conservative and ultra-right racist parties. It is highly unlikely to become a collective of extreme-rightwing parties. High on its list of priorities will be protecting the state of Israel. This should, from the outset, exclude all racist parties with anti-Semitic views.

Nothing new
Mr Wilders is not saying who or what groups will join the IFA. Political scientist Meindert Fennema says the idea is nothing new:

“It won’t be a institutional network. I suspect it will be a collection of individuals. He’s a hero in America. Israelis see him as an attractive partner, because he has so many people behind him and is an important politician.”

On of the things Professor Fennema has in mind is the support which Mr Wilders has built up since 2005 among neo-conservative Americans who back Israel through thick and thin. One of these is Daniel Pipes, director of the conservative think-tank, Middle East Forum, and another is the fundamentalist Christian Martin Mawyer.

European patriots
The leaders of Jewish settlements and extreme-right politicians in Israel form another bastion of support for Mr Wilders. Avigdor Lieberman, of the Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel is Our Home) party and Arieh Eldad, leader of the National Union, are both supporters. Mr Eldad wants all Palestinians to leave Israel and the Occupied Territories.

In 2008, many of these individuals met in Jerusalem and set up the Alliance of European Patriots. The group was mainly made up of Israelis and Americans. One exception was Belgian Philip Dewinter of the extreme-right Vlaams Belang (Flemish Interest) party who was also interested.

However, Mr Wilders wanted nothing to do with Mr Dewinter’s anti-Semitic agenda. He also was quick to distance himself from evangelical Christians such as Mr Mawyer because of their virulent anti-gay stance. The Alliance quickly disappeared from view. The only thing that all the ‘friends’ in the Wilders network have in common is their fear of Islam. They tend to find each other either too radical or too moderate.

Wilders as leader
Does a new international network against Islam stand a chance? Professor Fennema does not rule it out:

“I get the impression that Wilders will make a very good leader of this sort of movement, actually because he is not sectarian. He accepts that everyone has their own views and he says: What holds us together is that we see a bigger danger in Islam than do most governments.”

Although the IFA does not look set to become an extreme-rightwing bloc, Susi Dennison of the European Council of Foreign Relations does envisage dangers:

“I worry that this sort of international alliance will not take into account the diverse circumstances affecting different countries. It will be international anti-Islam thought en bloc and that is an alarming prospect.”

In any event, if the IFA succeeds in attracting international attention, it will provide Mr Wilders with a major platform for his crusade against Islam.
 

 

Discussion

Martin Everette 4 April 2011 - 4:39am / United States

Kudos to Mr.Wilders! America needs a political leader with the same common sense and Huevos Mr.Wilders exhibits. Our politicians are corrupt eunuch's, who are afraid to offend the wealth Muslim nations that they have sold their soul to. Mayor Bloomberg, as well as both of our corrupted political parties, have their eyes on all that Sharia finance cash, so they have alined themselves with the worst trash in the world;the Muslim gutter rats. Wake up America, do not vote for a "party", vote for the person. Our house is on fire, and we are using squirt guns to dose the flames.

Martin Everette 4 April 2011 - 4:36am / United States

Kudos to Mr.Wilders! America needs a political leader with the same common sense and Huevos Mr.Wilders exhibits. Our politicians are corrupt eunuch's, who are afraid to offend the wealth Muslim nations that they have sold their soul to. Mayor Bloomberg, as well as both of our corrupted political parties, have their eyes on all that Sharia finance cash, so they have alined themselves with the worst trash in the world;the Muslim gutter rats. Wake up America, do not vote for a "party", vote for the person. Our house is on fire, and we are using squirt guns to dose the flames.

peter powe 2 September 2010 - 3:31am / australia

i am gad someone in the worldwide communty is finaly saying something publicy and fearlessly open, against the spread of islam. for years i have been aware of the muslims true and evil intent. most individuals and governments are too afraid to speak against these people and intimidated for whatever reason, to even acknowledge or suggest in any way, that there is something fundimentally wrong with the way many islamists are secretly infiltrating into other countries for the long term plan of evil intent. the sneaky intent of world domination in the name of the isamic religion is their true goal. we must not let them continue to fool us in any way any longer.. we must begin too fight them in any way we can, now before it is too late. i am not afraid to begin to do so, in any way i can.
peter powe.

Arn Hatfield 27 July 2010 - 5:57am

It is neither racism nor religious intolerance which has placed Mr. Geert Wilders and other right thinking supporters into this position vis`-a-vis´ Islamic immigration because similar problems are not found with respect to Hindu, Sikh or Buddhist immigration. Rather it is that en bloc, large Muslim immigrant populations are fundamentally inassimilable into Western secular democracies. Muslims do not intend to assimilate they intend to dominate with a final objective of a global Sharia based caliphate.

Anonymous 20 July 2010 - 12:00pm

Seams that there are as many idiots on both sides of this discussion.

It's not possible to have a meaning full discussion with people who are not willing to understand both sides - unfortunately fanaticism does go well with religion.... In my humble opinion some of the opinions aired here are as intolerant as the ones they "preach" against.

Matt C. 20 July 2010 - 9:35am

First someone draws a cartoon and now this outrage!

Anonymous 19 July 2010 - 6:46pm

An international alliance against terrorism my fly.

Anonymous 19 July 2010 - 7:23pm

An International Alliance against Terrorism might fly for sure.

Anonymous 19 July 2010 - 3:54am

Of course not all Muslims are terrorists. It's just that all terrorists are Muslims

sandraV 19 July 2010 - 1:11pm / Nederland

You got that right. And the terrorist never seem to give up their killing in the name of Allah. If they call that religion peace, then hell must be paradise.

Anonymous 18 July 2010 - 6:08pm / Canada

Geert Wilders is spreading rubbish regarding Israel.

First of all, what goes around, comes around, does it not? In the name of Jesus Christ, since 325CE everyone not towing the line of the Roman Catholic church has been killed, and it's still ongoing.

As to Israel, 95 per cent of all those living there have NO SEMITE BLOOD. They are from Khazaria, whose ruler in about 740 CE adopted the jewish faith. Therefore, what is done in Israel ot the Palastinians is genocide. The JEWS have NO RIGHT TO THE LAND! It is not their land, and never has been.Their land is between the Caucasus, the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea; let them go back there, and give back the land to the Palastinians.

It's all one big scam, and we the people are stupid enought to swallow it hook, line and sinker, when this knowledge has been available since the early 1970's for all and sundry, and for the so-called Illuminati for centuries.

If you by any chance are in touch with Mr. Geersten, pls.suggest to him to read "The Thirteenth Tribe" by Arthur Koestler, before he continues to spew forth his adoration of the Israelis. Such nonsense is detrimental to all our moral and ethical health and well-being, as lies always are.

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Riet 18 July 2010 - 5:58am / Australia

Go Wilders! The Dutch are behind you all the way and so am I.

Anonymous 18 July 2010 - 2:51am

In islam, muhammed murdered the original Allah.
In islam, the original Allah do not speak.
In islam, the original Allah have no holy spirit.
In islam, the original Allah have no sun.
In islam, the original Allah have no family.
In islam, the original Allah have no firends ( angels, saints, arcangels)
Why?
because in islam, muhammed murdered all of them.
worse!
In islam, only satan speaks to the muslims.
In islam, only satan exists.
Just outside islam, God, the humanity, the life, can exists

Anonymous 18 July 2010 - 1:07am

Islam means peace when you are a part of it.It is difficult for you to imagine the real peace and equality when you see it from outside.

David Berridge 17 July 2010 - 8:10am / Canada

This idea proves definitatively that Geert has no real interest in attempting to have the PVV elected as a political party to form a coalition in the Netherlands under the oaths that must be sworn to in the exclusive duties and loyalities to the Dutch people. Now it is this farce of a nominaton for the Sakarov Prize, leading to an international "organization" under his "leadership"!! In Canada, this will not be tolerated, even with a minority government under the strong leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada, who in no way, shape, or form, allow for any group or organization, to lobby for or interfere with, the sovereignty of Canadian policy making or legislative processes. This will be responded with a severe battle, no question.

Anonymous 17 July 2010 - 4:59am / Canada

Can you quote your source? Pinpoint the passages? Or you just read/heard it from somewhere else? Just like that, I think your source is FOX news.

Anonymous 16 July 2010 - 9:04pm
Anonymous 16 July 2010 - 11:20pm / Canada

If Islam means peace, why so many terrorist are Islamic and why the Koran preach war against non muslims? kill all Jews, beat your wife if she don't obey you, kill all who draw a picture of mohamad, kill kill kill, the koran is a very evil book, there is no peace in all islam's country.

Anonymous 18 July 2010 - 5:26pm

I can see from these words u wrote above, how stupid you are !

Shade 16 September 2012 - 6:41am / Italy

And I can see from YOUR words how stupid you are. Islam IS a movement of violence and was begun in violence when Muhammad waged war to spread his rule. These are historical facts. Inconvenient to Muslims yes, but history nonetheless.

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