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Friday, 28 December 2007
Anti-Islamic Outsider Is Top Dutch Politician
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MSNBC: Geert Wilders, who compares the Koran to Mein Kampf, has been named the Netherlands' politician of the year in a poll run by public broadcaster NOS.

Mr Wilders' pithy and shocking soundbites - he warned of a "tsunami of Islamisation" - have dominated headlines, while his parliamentary outbursts have brought an adversarial style of politics to the muted consensus to which the Dutch are attuned.

His latest project, a short film about the Koran that will be released next month, has stirred anger even before much is known about it. Mr Wilders, who has had round-the-clock protection for three years due to the death threats against him, says the film will illustrate how the Koran inspires people "to do the worst things".

He has called for the Koran to be banned. "With this film I'm trying to show not only in words but also images exactly what I mean," he says.

Mindful of the backlash provoked by the publication in Danish newspapers in 2005 of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, government ministers have expressed concern but said there is not much they can do. Some public figures outside parliament have called for a movement against Mr Wilders.

The murders in 2002 of Pim Fortuyn, a pioneer of Dutch anti-immigration and anti-Islam politics, and in 2005 of Theo van Gogh, the director of a film critical of Islam, have pushed immigration and the failure to integrate large Muslim communities to the top of the Dutch political agenda.

Mr Wilders' proposed solutions are deeply radical: stop all Muslim immigration, ban the building of mosques and ask the 1m Muslims among the Dutch population of 16m to "go to their own countries" or give up their religion...

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Posted on 12/28/2007 11:47 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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