Apr 8th, 2015 | By | Category: Weekly Washington Updates

Strikingly powerful speech on the link to Islamic immigration and terror in Europe.

Geert Wilders, the leader of the Party for Freedom (Partij voor de Vrijheid, PVV) in the Netherlands paid a visit to Vienna on April 1, 2015 to meet with Heinz-Christian Strache, his counterpart in the Austrian Freedom Party (Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs, FPÖ). Mr. Wilders delivered a speech at the Hofburg Palace, the former imperial palace of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, to a full house of more than a thousand people. A press conference before the speech was held in the Austrian parliament. Below is the English translation of the prepared text for the speech given by Mr. Wilders. 


Geert Wilders head the Freedom party in Holland

Geert Wilders head the Freedom party in Holland

I am extremely happy to be here, in the Hofburg, together with more than one thousand proud Austrian patriots.
It is a pleasure to visit Heinz-Christian and my friends of the FPÖ again.
It is an honor to be in this beautiful city.

All over the world Vienna is the symbol of resistance against Islam.
It is here that the Islamic invasion of the West was stopped in 1683.
Islam was defeated at the gates of Vienna.

You and I are standing here today inside these gates.
In the city that Islam was unable to conquer.
And today we have a clear message for Islam again.
The same message that King John Sobieski had when he rushed to Vienna in 1683 to help defend it against the Turks: You will not be able to overwhelm Vienna or the West. Because we will not allow it.

Before I continue, let me tell you something about my life as a Dutch politician.
I am not a President, nor a Chancellor, nor even a member of Cabinet, just a simple member of Parliament.
However, for more than ten years now, I have been living under 24/7 police protection. I lived with my wife in army barracks, prison cells and safe houses until this very day, just to be safe.
Wherever I go, armed policemen accompany me to protect me against Islamic jihadis. I am on the death list of Al Qaida. Islamic terror groups want to kill me because I tell the truth about Islam and speak out against the Islamization of our free Western societies.

In the Netherlands as in other European countries we have made a terrible mistake. Our politicians have foolishly allowed millions of Islamic immigrants to settle within our borders.
Everywhere the Islamic culture was welcomed as an enrichment.
Nowhere the demand was made that the immigrants assimilate.

Not a single European leader had the guts to state the obvious and tell the truth: our Western culture based on Christianity, Judaism and Humanism, is far superior to the Islamic culture and immigrants have to adopt our values, not the other way around.
And now, we in Europe are paying the price for this folly. The Islamic culture is eating away our own Judeo-Christian and humanist civilization and replacing it with intolerance, hatred and violence.

The year is still young, but we have already had murderous terror attacks in Paris and in Copenhagen, we had jihadists shooting police with Kalashnikovs in Belgium, we had the Islamic State slaughtering people in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Nigeria.
Last Autumn, we had deadly terrorist attacks in Australia and Canada.

With every new terrorist crime, with every new attack, with every new beheading, it becomes clear to ever more people what the true nature is of the threat we are facing.

As you can see, Islam is on the move again. It is also marching on Europe again. Most of our politicians look away. But we will not look on motionless.

We will speak out.
We will not be silent.
Because we love our country.
Because we love our freedom.
Because we refuse to live in slavery.
Because we believe that without liberty, life is not worth living.
Liberty and human dignity, that is what we stand for.

We are the torchbearers for freedom.
We are the torchbearers for democracy.
We are the torchbearers for a civilization that is far superior to any other civilization on earth.

Last Summer, my home town, The Hague, witnessed scenes which brought back memories of the darkest period in our history, the Nazi era. Sympathizers of the Islamic State paraded in our streets. They carried swastikas, they carried the black flags of ISIS. They shouted “Death to the Jews.” Instead of rounding up these hatemongers, the authorities did nothing.

When we warn against Islam, the authorities call it hate speech and bring us to court. But when the grim forces of hatred march down our streets, the police look on and do not interfere. It is a disgrace. It is a scandal. It is intolerable.

The Islamic State is waging a war against the free West. So are other Islamic terrorists.
Indeed, we are at war. Only fools can deny it. They have declared war on us.

The Islamic ideology is an ideology of war and hatred. It calls on people to be violent. It calls on people to be terrorists. The Koran leaves no doubt about it.

To all those who say that Islam is peace I say: listen to what the Koran has to say.
It is full of verses such as Sura 4:89: “Seize them and kill them wherever ye find them.”
Or Sura 47:4: “When ye meet the unbelievers, smite at their necks and cause a bloodbath among them.”
I could go on and on and on.
There are over 150 verses in the Koran calling for jihad or holy war.

Islam cannot be reformed. For the simple reason that we cannot separate Islam from the Koran and neither can we take Muhammad out of Islam. So, there can never be a moderate Islam.
But of course, there are many moderate and kind Muslims. I know that. I have travelled the Islamic world extensively when I still could do so.

I have visited Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Indonesia. I have met many kind, friendly and hospitable people there.

But this does not blind me to very important reality that while many Muslims are moderates, Islam itself is not moderate.

A few years ago, I called on Muslims to liberate themselves from the yoke of Islam, to choose for freedom. I wholeheartedly support Muslims who love freedom. So, I told them; “Free yourselves. Leave Islam.” I still stand by this appeal. But this does not blind me to the equally important reality that while many Muslims are moderates, a very large number are not.

The University of Amsterdam did a study about the 1 million Muslims in my country. It found that 11% is prepared to use violence for the sake of Islam. That is a staggering 100,000 people in a small country such as the Netherlands!
A survey last November among Turkish youths in the Netherlands found that 80% do not consider the violence which groups such as ISIS use against non-believers to be wrong. 73% of the Muslims in my country say that Dutch Muslims who go and fight in Syria are heroes.

In December 2013, a study of the Humboldt University in Berlin among Muslims in six European countries found that almost two thirds of the Muslims in Austria are of the opinion that Jews cannot be trusted. Two thirds! This is appalling. This is intolerable. There should be no place for anti-Semitism and ideological violence in civilized countries. We should not tolerate the intolerable.

For the sake of our own safety, for the sake of our own children’s future, we must stop all immigration from Islamic countries. And we have to do it now!

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