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Firstly, if you'd be addressing Wilders, he'd point out to you that his fixation is not with Muslims per se, but it is with Islam. This is a subtle distinction - and also IMO a convenient method of making suspect by association anyone who is Muslim, even by name only, but not saying it.

Secondly, you're putting pressure on a problem I am/was heading for: sticking a name to Wilders' ideology. There isn't one to my knowledge. Wilders ideas on Islam bear strong parallels with anti-semitism as developed over hundred years ago, but they are specifically not anti-semitic, old or new. Wilders does not target Jews, in fact, his argumentation is that the tripartite of Christian-Jewish-humanist traditions form the core of Western civilization, and that Muslim influences should be excluded at all costs.

As to policies he has proposed, the ones I found most galling were his proposals done in Dutch Parliament to tax women who wear scarfs, a license for the police to kneecap protesting people, or sending in the military to quell unrest which was in response to protests dominated by people with an immigrant background.

The one proposal that I always have found to say the most is one that he launched in 2005 and seems to stand by it today: scrapping article 1 of the Dutch Constitution. It's the article that outlines equality for the law. Summer 2009, in Copenhagen, Wilders repeated this.

Wilders uses the term "Eurabia" because he believes that migration and demography are part of an Islamic doctrine aimed at conquering Europe.

Wilders' speech was punctuated by cheering and ended with several standing ovations after he had used a welter of statistics and quotations to "prove" that "many of the Muslims in Europe" want to implement Shariah Law.


Wilders wants European countries to amend to the constitutions to say that "The European cultural foundation is Judeo-Christian and Humanistic in nature", to stop mass immigration from Muslim countries and promote voluntary repatriation, to expel criminal foreigners and, after denaturalisation, criminals with dual nationality. Further measures he proposed included the closure of Islamic schools - "because they are fascist institutions" - and the closure of radical mosques and a ban on the construction of new ones.

IOW: It is similar to anti-semitism but targeted to different people. How do we call this?

by Nomad (Bjinse) on Mon Mar 22nd, 2010 at 05:40:41 AM EST
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