Geert Wilders: The ‘Prophet’ Who Hates Muhammad

Winston Ross, Newsweek, January 19, 2015

Less than 24 hours after the recent terror attacks in Paris, I caught a train in Amsterdam bound for the Binnenhof, the elaborate lakefront complex at The Hague and home of the Dutch Parliament. I was there for a hastily arranged meeting with Geert Wilders, a veteran member of the House of Representatives and Islam’s arch-nemesis in Europe.

Security was tight that afternoon. Twice on the labyrinthian route to his office, I emptied my pockets, walked through metal detectors and watched as guards dug through my camera bag. Behind the key card-controlled door to his office, I was a little surprised to find Wilders, alone and standing behind his desk.

No fan of understatement, Wilders wore a shiny black Armani suit and a bright green tie. But it was his trademark platinum-blond pompadour that stood out, a haircut that many in the Netherlands compare to Donald Trump’s rat’s nest. Wilders may look just as cartoonish as The Donald. But unlike Trump, he’s a legitimate force in politics. For nearly a decade, he’s served as the leader of Holland’s anti-Islamic political party, and he regularly uses his platform to denounce not only violent jihadists but all of Islam.

This stance has made Wilders a target for Muslim radicals. Death threats regularly arrive at his office, so seeing him sitting in a leather chair without armed guards, even behind so many checkpoints, is a bit unsettling. When I ask him how he’s doing, he raises his eyebrows and answers: “Surviving.”

It’s an understandable response for a guy who has spent the better part of a decade wearing a bulletproof vest and being shuttled between safe houses to avoid assassination. “I’m not in prison,” he says. “But I’m not free, either. You don’t have to pity me, but I haven’t had personal freedom now for 10 years. I can’t set one foot out of my house or anywhere in the world without security.”

Wilders’s name is on the same Al-Qaeda hit list as Stéphane Charbonnier, an editor who was shot and killed during the jihadist assault on Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical magazine, that left 12 dead earlier this month. The massacre, along with the subsequent killings at a kosher supermarket in Paris, was a tragic day for the France. But for Wilders, it only added to his appeal. Since the attack, his Freedom Party has surged in national polls. It was already the most popular party in Holland, but if the 2016 parliamentary elections were held today, he’d pick up 31 seats out of 150, more than double his current figure.

If he found the right coalition partner, Wilders could even become Holland’s prime minister, a once unthinkable prospect. Ten years ago, his proposal to ban the construction of new mosques in the Netherlands was mostly seen as the ravings of a fearmongering extremist who compares the Koran to Mein Kampf. Now reporters call Wilders a “populist,” and they no longer dismiss his xenophobic rants as rubbish.

His consolidation of power here isn’t a foregone conclusion, but Wilders’s growing popularity in Holland is emblematic of a larger trend: Europeans are becoming increasingly hostile to both native-born Muslims and the recent wave of immigrants flooding across their borders. Islamophobes are burning mosques in Sweden, marching by the tens of thousands in Germany and ceding more and more control to those politicians who speak the loudest against the Muslim faith.


And who is Wilders? Born in the southeastern Holland town of Venlo 100 miles from Amsterdam in 1963, he’s the youngest of four children. He was raised Roman Catholic but has since left the Church and calls himself agnostic. The son of a printing company director, Wilders studied at the Netherlands’s Open University and traveled extensively in Israel and throughout the Arab world during and after his compulsory military service in the Dutch Army.

At 17, he lived in the Jordan Valley, a few miles above Jericho, and while he was “a teenager, more interested in Israeli girls and beers,” he decided that Islamic countries were dysfunctional and violent, and began to see Muslim immigrants as a destructive force in Europe. “I’m not against immigration because I believe all the people who immigrate are bad people,” he says. “But they bring along a culture that is not ours. Islam is not there to integrate; it’s there to dominate.”

As Wilders grew older, he found new reasons to hate Islam. In the 1990s, he ventured into politics as a speechwriter for the center-right Dutch Liberal Party, under the tutelage of Frits Bolkestein, the party’s leader and an outspoken opponent of mass immigration. Wilders was elected to the Utrecht City Council in 1997 and joined the parliament a year later. In Utrecht, he could afford to live only in the city’s poorest–and majority-Muslim–neighborhood, Canal Islands.

He was an outspoken opponent of Islam then, too, and his neighbors knew it. After work each day, he says, he parked two blocks from his flat and walked home, hoping to avoid having his car vandalized. Often, he says, that walk turned into a frantic run, as Muslims recognized and chased after him. Once, in Utrecht’s center, Muslim “street terrorists,” he says, pepper-sprayed him, spit in his eyes and stole both his money and passport.

“I’m an elected politician,” he says. “If you don’t agree with me, vote for somebody else. What did I do, except for expressing my views?”


Since then [the murder of Theo van Gogh], Wilders and his Hungarian-born wife, a former diplomat to the Netherlands, have lived under constant guard, sheltered in a safe house with a panic room and driven to and from home in an armored police vehicle. When I met him at the Binnenhof, I couldn’t tell if he was still wearing a bulletproof vest. But his office is strategically positioned deep in the parliament building so would-be attackers can approach it only from one corridor. Beyond that, Wilders wouldn’t comment on what his security measures include. “That would make me only more vulnerable,” he says. “Sometimes [the security is] more, sometimes it’s less. Now it’s certainly not less.”

It’s hard to know to what extent that attack affected Wilders’s politics, but it clearly was a factor. From 2000 to 2006, he moved increasingly to the right, calling for a ban on head scarves in public and the sale of the Koran in general. A year later, he left his more mainstream party over its support for Turkish entry into the European Union and formed the Freedom Party, which surprised the country by winning nine of the 150 seats in the parliament.


Wilders’s rise has continued over the past nine years, and as he shored up political power, he also mastered the art of media manipulation. In 2008, he posted online a 17-minute film called Fitna, using excerpts from the Koran and statements of radical Muslims to paint a dark picture of Islam. The next year, the British government banned Wilders from visiting the United Kingdom to show his film, and prosecutors in Holland charged him with inciting hatred and discrimination (a Dutch court later dismissed the charges). Both the film and the ban generated headlines across the globe. In 2010, in perhaps his most well-known publicity stunt, Wilders visited Ground Zero in New York on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, then spoke at a rally against the construction of an Islamic community center near the site.


For all the stunts, Wilders also owes his success to a nuanced, Tea-Party brand of Islamophobia. He’s the first anti-Islam politician in Europe who doesn’t come from an extreme right, nationalist background, says Fennema. He’s liberal on issues like gay rights, which makes him appealing to a wider cross section of Europeans and helps him ally with a budding legion of politicians bashing Islam.


In the past, Wilders tried to distance himself from Europe’s nativist movement and instead focused his anger on Islam, says Matthijs Rooduijn, a political science professor at the University of Amsterdam. But in 2013, he decided to form an alliance with [Marine] Le Pen in an attempt to cobble together a coalition to influence the European Parliament.

Wilder says he’s convinced that if something isn’t done to stop the spread of Islam across the West, our whole way of life will vanish and we’ll all live in Muslim-ridden slums, assaulted for our Christianity and love of free speech. To make his case, Wilders regularly takes politicians from around the world on tours of majority-Muslim neighborhoods in the Netherlands, offering them a glimpse of their future if they don’t beat back Islam.

Despite his antipathy toward Muslims, Wilders is clear that he doesn’t advocate any kind of violence, and he insists he isn’t responsible for attacks on peaceful and law-abiding followers of Islam. “If you set fire to a mosque, you’re a criminal and I hope you go to jail for years,” he says. “We should be tolerant to people who are tolerant to us. We should be intolerant to people who are intolerant to us.”

How to stop the intolerance? Wilders has some ideas: immediately halt all emigration from Islamic countries, allow anyone who wants to leave the Netherlands to wage jihad overseas to leave, and pull out of the agreement with 25 other European countries that allows travelers to pass freely from one nation to the next. It’s hard to say if these proposals are more likely to gain traction in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack. His party has performed well in opinion polls over the past 10 years, but that hasn’t always translated to gains in the parliament. Even if his party does lock down the largest blocs of seats in the next election, he would have to convince another group to form a coalition in order to acquire any real sway. And because his views are so extreme, most political observers here find that unlikely.

“Other parties have said, ‘We don’t touch him, even if he is the biggest,’” Wilders acknowledges. “But I think anything is possible.”


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  • Pro-Apartheid

    Geert Wilders hates the muslims, but how come his so-called “far-right” party says nothing about the decadence in Amsterdam with whores and drugs all legal and promoted?
    It’s so funny that in Holland today this guy is considered a “right-winger”. To me he is a liberal.

    • IstvanIN

      The Dutch should be allowed, within their borders, to have the kind of society they want, just as Afrikaaners should be allowed to have their own society, and the muslims their’s, in, of course, their own lands.

      • NoMosqueHere

        And the Dutch have the right to ban the sickness of Islam their country.

      • Tarczan

        And they will receive the same international treatment South Africa got. He is clearly a very brave man.

        • NW

          Pretty funny when a far-right party defends traditionally liberal values like homosexuality.

    • So you’re trying to cast garden variety street walkers and dope dealers with the seventh century totalitarian death cult.

      Really now.

      • Sick of it

        Most of those fine folks are black in our neck of the woods.

    • Awakened Saxon

      Wilders is not a nationalist. Don’t expect him to call for the Netherlands to be cleaned up.

    • Sick of it

      You would probably feel more at home in the rural American South.

    • The Dude

      “It is so sick to me there is even a church in the middle of that Red-light district.”

      Sounds like a fun church. I bet the attendance rate is way higher than the national average.

      • NW

        You sound just like a liberal trying to mock real conservatives.

        • The Dude

          Yeah, those real conservatives who use words like “decadence” because some people smoke some weed on their free time, or some women sell sex for money. As if most people aren’t drugged up on something most of the time, and as if most of male-female romantic relationships don’t have elements of prostitution in them.

          You realize that those conservative speeches about “Dutch decadence” are nothing more but clichés once you set foot in Amsterdam. That city is still the acme of civilization. Running like a clock. People are laid back but polite. Everyone minds their own business. In the evening, folks coming from work meet up in some pub, have a drink or two, and everyone goes home to their family. Free, nice, clean, and hospitable society. If you don’t look for the soft drugs, they won’t look for you. Same for prostitution there: it’s State-run, so you won’t find any hookers on the streets; in other words, if you don’t look for them, they won’t look for you either. Simply one of the greatest most evolved cities in the world.

          The only bad areas in that country are those with heavy (non-European) immigrant population.

          And then you hear toothless uncle Cletus with cowdung on his rubber boots from Mississippi’s poorest counties telling you about how “dem Europeans gettin’ awl decadent on dem moral values”! You feel like, “Get the hell out of here!”

          • NW

            You really do sound like a run-of-the-mill liberal idiot who likes to insult Southerners and (paleo)conservatives. You little druggie degenerate, Jared Taylor talked about your kind in his AmRen speech a couple years ago. The kind of losers who he said should be barred from entering any white enclave of the future because:

            “As if most people aren’t drugged up on something most of the time”
            “as if most of male-female romantic relationships don’t have elements of prostitution in them”

            LOL, projecting much?

          • The Dude

            I have a well-paid job, thank you very much. I just don’t spend my time obsessing with what people do in their private or spare hours.

            And yes, most male-female relationships, marriages included, do have elements of prostitution in them. Not projecting, just observing.

          • saxonsun

            Well, conventional marriage IS legalized prostitution. Straight Women are merely men’s cattle…but that’s what comforts the folks on this site.

      • stewball

        I agree. it’s like saying it hurts when I do this. well don’t do it then.

    • Comb Over

      Praat vir jouself .

    • Comb Over

      This is why independence for Afrikaners will not work , people like you will again force you’re ideas and how we should live our lives down everyone’s throats .

      • NW

        People like you are what us on the Right need to rid ourselves of.
        Social liberals who only want to defend their freedoms because they want freedom to act be degenerates.

        • Comb Over

          Good luck with that because you will not get many people on your side . You cannot tell people how to live their lives , if we are going to build new societies , the only way you will get the best there will be if it is a libertarian state .How many high IQ people will move to a theocracy ? It’s the Black’s that’s our problem , not freedom .

        • Resistance


          How many times i’ve heard some stupid neo-con talking about how they are “economically conservative” but “socially liberal”.

          The bloody idiots!

    • Any party that has the least bit of hostility to open borders, 3rd world immigration is described as “extreme” or “right wing” in Europe. Regardless of that party’s stance on other social issues. It’s a not too thinly veiled attempt to discredit, legit anti-immigration policies with Nazism, in order to discredit it.

      • Resistance

        Yup, a lot of people don’t understand that Europe is a leftist marxist hell-hole. A lot of Americans and others get confused when they hear these parties described as “right wing”. Because it is true, there is nothing right wing about these parties, and they definitely not right wing enough for my liking.
        I for instance will always support BNP no matter if UKIP has a better chance of winning the elections.

    • WoodyBBad

      A very strong libertarian streak. I understand the philosophy behind this.

    • WR_the_realist

      Remember that you can be a liberal on the environment, women’s rights, labor rights, and gay rights, but if you are against mass immigration the mass media will always call you “far right”.

    • johningermany

      Can’t you be a race realist, an islamaphobe, and still like weed and prostitutes?

      • Resistance

        You can also be a homosexual paedophile with AIDS, and be a race realist.

        • johningermany

          Speak for yourself.

    • Brutus

      “there is even a church in the middle of that Red-light district.”

      The greater the sin, the greater the need for the gospel.

  • MekongDelta69

    This article is from the leftist NewSpeak, so I ignored it, but where is ‘our‘ Geert Wilders (even if he doesn’t fit every ‘category’ perfectly).

  • IstvanIN

    Islamophobes are burning mosques in Sweden, marching by the tens of thousands in Germany and ceding more and more control to those politicians who speak the loudest against the Muslim faith. It is “phobic” to be angry at the people who have turned Sweden into the rape capital of Europe?

    Europeans are becoming increasingly hostile to both native-born Muslims They may be native-born but are far from indigenous.

    Islamophobia When does the press change from calling a very justified fear of muslims a phobia as opposed to a fear?

    • NoMosqueHere

      It’s Islamorealism.

  • JohnEngelman

    Europeans are becoming increasingly hostile to both native-born Muslims and the recent wave of immigrants flooding across their borders.

    – Winston Ross, Newsweek, January 19, 2015


  • I’m not in prison,” he says. “But I’m not free, either.

    Because, freedom and equality and liberty and democracy.

    Isn’t it strange? The more rights we get, the less free we are.

  • TruthBeTold

    A prisoner in his own homeland for wanting to preserve his people and culture.

    This is even worse than I thought.

  • humura

    “Because his views are so extreme,” non-sense. It is because his views are so reasonable, so well expressed in exposing the danger is Islam, that the frightened fear to ally with him. The Koran is like Mein Kampf, and provides a guide to Muslims to infiltrate, terrorize, and the dominate. We need an American Wilders.

    • Awakened Saxon

      Spoken like someone who has never read Mein Kampf.

  • David Ashton

    Islamic settlement is not the only problem created by uncontrolled immigration, but it is a particular problem for two groups of people.

    • Resistance

      Jews and homosexuals?

      • David Ashton

        Yes, you solved the riddle.

        • Resistance

          Yip was pretty easy. You Just have to listen to Gert Wilders speech on youtube, half of the time he’s talking about protecting the queers from Muslims who might want to persecute them. The other half is about Jews who might suffer “antisemitism” at the hands of Muslims.

          • Awakened Saxon

            I guess he doesn’t have any time left to advocate for normal Netherlanders.

          • Resistance

            The whole “counter-jihad” movement in Europe is bought and paid for by Jewish homosexuals. I’m sorry to say, but Geert Wilders is not the real deal.

            Ofcourse, this doesn’t mean we support Muslims or Islam in Europe, before any of the Neo-Cons on here start to complain.

          • David Ashton

            No-one on here can doubt my opposition to Islam, terrorism and Islamic terrorism, but when I saw that gang of political careerists, multi-cultists and hypocrites marching with fashionable “Je suis Charlie” posters, I had a momentary sneaking sympathy instead for the gang that bombed the filthy-cartoon HQ. And no doubt for saying this I am now on the UK Special Branch list of “internet extremists”, if not there already – as if I care.

        • stewball

          I’m surprised at you David. i always said you’re an anti semite

          • David Ashton

            You are surprised by something you always (mistakenly) thought?

            “Anti-semitism” or “philo-semitism” as such has nothing to do with my contempt for these politicians. Jews need protection against Islamic terror, but so do other people. It is “politically correct” to champion Homosexuals, “moderate” Muslims and Jews, but not so much the White Gentiles, Christian or otherwise. These minorities both have lobby groups to put pressure on the politicians, but the rest of us are denied that luxury. The British Government’s anti-“racist” legislation and its pro-“immigration” stance was previously very much the result of the work of the Board of Deputies of British Jews who of course have shot themselves in the foot by supporting immigrants, not only Muslims, who hate Israel and Jews, although the terrorist threat in France, and even in Britain, is being used by Israel as a population recruiter. All the above is easily proved from Jewish sources alone.

            Sauce for the Goose…

          • stewball

            I bow to your greater knowledge.
            I don’t think I’ve ever tasted goose.

          • David Ashton

            Not as tasty as pork chops but a bit better than chicken soup & barley.

          • stewball

            Bad man lol

          • David Ashton

            Try goose with your Christmas pudding.

            Oh dear, I’ve done it again!

          • stewball

            I’d love Christmas pud with lashings of hot custard.
            I hate matza but love bacon.
            See what a good Jewish girl i am. I didn’t eat non kosher till I came here. Oh i. Love shellfish.

          • David Ashton

            I can see you under the mistletoe, already.

  • paul marchand

    The shame is that Geert is protecting his country, but in his own country his life is endangered severely by Muhammad’s agents. In conjunction with the complicit left.

  • LHathaway

    “We should be tolerant to people who are tolerant to us. We should be intolerant to people who are intolerant to us”.

    Who defines who is and who isn’t ‘intolerant’? and what is intolerance? Somehow I don’t think those favoring affirmative action will be viewed as ‘intolerant’. Wilder’s statement is only a justification for shutting us up and out. I’ve never believed the left on these issues, in fact seeing them the face of intolerance and hate. On the other hand, we may be facing the radicalization of the political right cast in impenetrable cement. As any white racial consciousness at all, of any kind at all, is labelled ‘nazi’ (even as racial consciousness for non-whites is considered highest enlightenment) it is only a matter of time before whites say, OK, I’m a Nazi. No one else is speaking up. No one else is entirely serious about ending immigration or non-white immigration. What we will likely have in North America is separation or a reservation for Whites. You can’t get anymore racist than that. Who will vote for it? The respectable people wouldn’t be caught dead supporting groups like us. Just making an observation.

  • com contrarian

    I’m willing to support any party that’s conservative on immigration, even if I disagree with most of their other policies. After all, most policies can be changed if they don’t work out, but a liberal immigration policy is irreversible.

  • Nonhumans

    Should but libtards are too shortsighted, Stoopid, and invested in their flawed ideology to recognize the Muslim threat.

  • Brutus

    Bingo. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

  • Rustler

    Wilders has been moving in a more radical and anti-establishment direction and getting more public support as he does so.