Angry Saudis demanding apologies again

The right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders is in trouble for saying nasty things about Islam. The leader of the Freedom Party said that if Muslims want to stay in the Netherlands they should “throw away half of the Koran”. He also said of Mohammed (the inventor of Islam)

If Mohammed lived here today, I would propose he be tarred and feathered as an extremist and driven out of the country

Saudi diplomats in the Hague have called for the Dutch “put an end” to such statements, and have demanded that Wilders withdraw the remark and apologise to Muslims.

Whatever you think of Wilders’ political views, you have to give him credit for telling the Saudis where to get off:

I would not dream of taking any of it back.

Have they gone completely mad? It is scandalous that a country which does not have freedom of speech teaches me a lesson. They must learn that when you are a parliamentarian here, you may say what you want.

3 Responses to “Angry Saudis demanding apologies again”

  1. Marc says:

    When you say “nasty” Monitor, can I assume you’re being tounge-in-cheek? Seems to me that Geert is being quite mild in his appraisal.

  2. Chris says:

    Wilders is obviously a very silly man, all he has to do is place a vast amount of money in a Swiss bank account and the Saudi’s will let him say what he likes – hey, they might even buy some fighter planes off him.

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