The cabinet is concerned about a 'provocative' film about the Koran by anti-immigration party PVV leader Geert Wilders which he expects to be shown on tv at the end of January.The cabinets position seems to be that when a raging, foaming, violent flare-up happens, it is not the fault of muslims, who can't help themselves from raging and foaming (one wonders: Is there a medical term for this specific kind of retardedness?). Rather, it is the fault of whomever triggers these poor retarded, unable-to-control-themselves muslims.
The justice, foreign and home affairs ministers, who are worried about a backlash from Islamic countries, have warned Wilders about the risks of screening such a film.
Justice minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin stressed that while Wilders is free to express his views about the Koran, he also has a responsibility towards society in general. 'Think about the what the repercussions could be,' he said.
If the film is hard-hitting, it could evoke hard-hitting reactions against himself and others, says the minister. Those who want a free debate must show respect for all religions and for things that are sacrosanct for others, he said.
Wilders says it is not the aim of his film to insult people but if they are insulted, that is 'a pity but not my problem'. He says he wants Muslims to realise that the Koran is a 'terrible and fascist' book which inspires people to commit 'terrible' deeds.
He repeated his belief that the Koran, like Hitler's Mein Kampf, should be banned in the Netherlands.
Abdelmajid Khairoun, chairman of the Dutch umbrella organisation of Muslim organisations, said Wilders' film would damage not only Muslims but the Netherlands in general. In addition it could lead to a boycott of Dutch products similar to the anti-Danish reaction which followed the controversy about cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed two years ago.
One would think the cabinets insulting line of argument would not go over well in the Dutch muslim community. Bur rather then battling the image of being unhinged, raving, raging retards, the muslim community actually confirmed the image. One nauseating example of this came from Abdelmajid Khairoun, chairman of the Dutch Muslim Council mentioned earlier, who was also reported (NL) as saying:
We fear the worst if this [film] becomes a reality. There comes a point when then last word is for the youth in the street. And we won't be able to stop them. Just look at France.What is there left to say after this? That once again the problems that islam causes in the West in general, and the Netherlands in particular are put into a sharp light, not by outsiders, but by muslims themselves? Sylvain Ephimenco, in his column in Trouw (NL), thinks that Khairouns statements 'taste of blatant blackmail'.
What therefore is most nauseating of all, is the way in which the Dutch government has pre-emptively accepted the promised violence, should Wilders' film ever be aired. It has pre-emptively given in to blackmail my violence minded muslims. And not only that. They've already pointed out who is to blame. And curiously it is yet again those on the receiving end of muslim violence. Why do we still consider them 'our leaders'?