!!!Welcome to Australia Geert Wilders!!!
"It's not easy to be Geert Wilders"
writes Mark Steyn in his foreword to "Marked for Death".
I'm holding this book by Geert Wilders in my hands right now and look at the dedication; it reads:
in the twilight struggle of the West.
Why not signed by the author himself? Well I didn't think that I would ever get close enough to Geert Wilders. But now I will, because, despite the efforts of the Australian government who tried everything in their little red book to prevent this extremely brave man from coming, he will be here, in Australia, and I will have a second signature in this book: his.
"Wilders lives under 24/7 armed guard because significant numbers of motivated people wish to kill him" writes Steyn and "...when the leader of the third biggest party in one of the oldest democratic legislatures on earth has to live under constant threat of murder and be forced to live in "safe houses" for almost a decade, something is badly wrong in "the most tolerant country in Europe"...
... In twenty-first-century Amsterdam, you're free to smoke marijuana and pick out a half-naked sex partner from the front window of her shop. But you can be put on trial (as Wilders was) for holding the wrong opinion about a bloke who died in the seventh century". (I don't actually think that Geert Wilders' opinion is 'wrong')...
"The years roll on..." writes Steyn, "and 'the most tolerant country in Europe' is an increasingly incoherent polity where gays are bashed, uncovered women get jeered in the street, and you can't do 'The Diary of Anne Frank' as your school play lest the Gestapo walk-ons are greeted by audience cries of "She's in the attic!!".
Wether Geert Wilders will be bringing tulips from Amsterdam, when he arrives here in a couple of weeks, I don't know, but I still cannot resist a schmaltzy but cute cliché if I have the slightest excuse to play one ;)