Disgrace: Britain bans Geert Wilders for being a security risk

posted at 5:15 pm on February 10, 2009 by Allahpundit

Believe it or not, he’d been invited by a member of the House of Lords to screen “Fitna” in Parliament. The outrage signal was promptly flashed by a British Muslim peer, who threatened to mobilize 10,000 of the UK’s highly mobilize-able Muslims to block the screening, and the invitation was duly rescinded, drawing this immortal quote from a member of the European Parliament:

One Dutch MEP, Maria Martens, welcomed the decision.

“The film has nothing to do with freedom of expression. This freedom does not give the right to offend,” she said.

The efficacy of intimidation having once again been established, the only question was how far it would extend. Answer: This far.

The British government banned Dutch right-wing lawmaker Geert Wilders from visiting the country to show his anti-Islam film “Fitna” at the Houses of Parliament, Wilders said Tuesday…

“Let them try to detain me,” he told The Associated Press, adding that he had lunch in the British House of Lords in December…

[I]n a statement the Home Office said it “opposes extremism in all its forms” and would work to “stop those who want to spread extremism, hatred and violent messages in our communities from coming to our country.”…

Wilders said the embassy letter informed him he was being refused entry because his views “threaten community harmony and therefore public security” in Britain.

His views don’t threaten public security; the views of his persecutors do. But it’s easier to deal with him than with them, just as it was easier not to run the Mohammed cartoons in American newspapers. Re-read this Mark Steyn column about how the British police behaved in the late 80s when demonstrations calling for Rushdie to be killed were just heating up. This isn’t a new phenomenon, or a new reaction. Presumably the UK’s now a no-go zone for Ayaan Hirsi Ali, too. Exit quotation: “F— off, or I’ll arrest you.”


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“Britain” misspelled in the headline, Allah.

Jim62sch on February 10, 2009 at 5:17 PM

Freedom is often a security risk. (Didn’t Franklin have something to say about that?)

kc8ukw on February 10, 2009 at 5:18 PM

That country never fails to dissapoint, do they? Seriously, Brits, get it together and reclaim your country.

BadgerHawk on February 10, 2009 at 5:18 PM

Great Britain

Vashta.Nerada on February 10, 2009 at 5:19 PM

“Britain” misspelled in the headline, Allah.

That is the Muslim spelling.

portlandon on February 10, 2009 at 5:20 PM

[I]n a statement the Home Office said it “opposes extremism in all its forms” and would work to “stop those who want to spread extremism, hatred and violent messages in our communities from coming to our country.”…

Oh, well you’re kicking out the wrong guy.

BadgerHawk on February 10, 2009 at 5:21 PM

“We shall never surrender”

Those were the days.Gone now.

the_nile on February 10, 2009 at 5:22 PM

That’s pretty outrageous.

However, Wilders DOES certainly look a LOT like the typical suave, sophisticated European villian (possibly a rich CEO, mercenary, or Neo-Nazi mastermind) that politically-correct action movies have taught me to instinctively hate and fear.

So I am conflicted.

Muswell Hillbilly on February 10, 2009 at 5:22 PM

[I]n a statement the Home Office said it “opposes extremism in all its forms” and would work to “stop those who want to spread extremism, hatred and violent messages in our communities from coming to our country.”…

Now, if they would just stop the monthly dole payments to the resident mullahs who recruit in England, one could say they are consistent.

Vashta.Nerada on February 10, 2009 at 5:22 PM

We’re going to be right behind them.

Bishop on February 10, 2009 at 5:25 PM

Free Speech….We hardly knew ya…

MDWNJ on February 10, 2009 at 5:27 PM

We’re going to be right behind them.

Bishop on February 10, 2009 at 5:25 PM

We’re a long ways behind them, but yes, we are sadly moving in the direction.

BadgerHawk on February 10, 2009 at 5:27 PM

We be closer than you think bishop

blatantblue on February 10, 2009 at 5:27 PM

Best. Hair. Ever.

strictnein on February 10, 2009 at 5:28 PM

Churchill, Henry V, William I are rolling in their graves.

From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic to London an iron curtain burqa has descended across the Continent

cobrakai99 on February 10, 2009 at 5:28 PM

Eff them.

SnarkVader on February 10, 2009 at 5:29 PM

the Shariah Courts the UK is setting up may prosecute him, if he was allowed in the country.

jp on February 10, 2009 at 5:29 PM

Churchill rolls over in grave.

TheSitRep on February 10, 2009 at 5:30 PM

10,000 wannabe jihadists

VS.

10,000 soccer houligans

who wins?

My money is on the rightous soccer houligans.

Sonosam on February 10, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Sonosam on February 10, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Yes!
RELEASE THE CRACKIN HOULIGANS!

TheSitRep on February 10, 2009 at 5:32 PM

Great Britain jumped the shark right after Lady Thatcher stepped down.

jgapinoy on February 10, 2009 at 5:32 PM

The AEI should invite him to give a lecture just for the heck of it.

amerpundit on February 10, 2009 at 5:32 PM

Once again the leftist elite are diligently working to protect legitimate criticism of Islam. While we are on a suicide watch without the power intervention.

Liam1304 on February 10, 2009 at 5:34 PM

Goodnight Great Britain.

CarolynM on February 10, 2009 at 5:34 PM

In a statement the Home Office said it “opposes extremism in all its forms” …

But apparently not in their diplomatic service as evidenced by the jerk, Rowan Laxton, who is a mideast expert, no less, screaming in public that he hates the “effin” Jews.

Blake on February 10, 2009 at 5:36 PM

Nor by the extremist of the MP who wants all Brits who served in the UK arrested and prosecuted for war crimes. Nah, that’s not extreme.

Blake on February 10, 2009 at 5:38 PM

We’re a long ways behind them, but yes, we are sadly moving in the direction.
BadgerHawk on February 10, 2009 at 5:27 PM

Here in Minnesota we aren’t far behind, our largest in the nation Somali muslim community has seen to that. Bad and getting worse here.

Bishop on February 10, 2009 at 5:38 PM

“The film has nothing to do with freedom of expression. This freedom does not give the right to offend,” she said.

What does it give you if not the freedom to offend?

Here I am in 1st grade being punished by ridicule for my straight A grades and Asian heritage… and now I’m told that I can’t return the favor? We had leftists screaming all sorts of tirades from 2000 to 2008 saying ‘dissent is patriotic’ and now they say it isn’t?

Hey Britons! The Parliament’s gotta truck full of cattle and they’re spoon feeding you the bullsh**.
True for the Democrats here.

Chaz706 on February 10, 2009 at 5:45 PM

What does it give you if not the freedom to offend?

Chaz706 on February 10, 2009 at 5:45 PM

Exactly. The only speech that needs protection is speech that offends.

Esthier on February 10, 2009 at 5:47 PM

“The film has nothing to do with freedom of expression. This freedom does not give the right to offend,” she said.

uh…someone in that decision was bound to be “offended.” I sure wish they’d stop hiding behind the crappy excuse of faux fairness. Just say, “Look, we’re deathly afraid of these rabid animals who saw off people’s heads on tv screaming stuff about Allah, ok? We don’t really know what to do about this so just suck it up and watch some more telly. You didn’t see a thing…”

Mommypundit on February 10, 2009 at 5:49 PM

“Because appeasement always works” Neville.

the_nile on February 10, 2009 at 5:53 PM

All the stories have been told
Of kings and days of old
But there’s no England now

All the wars that were won and lost
Somehow don’t seem to matter very much anymore
All the lies we were told
All the lies of the people running round
Their castles have burned
Now I see change
But inside we’re the same as we ever were

Living on a thin line
Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?

bobeast on February 10, 2009 at 5:56 PM

and Brits laugh at the French ? at least in France they are not afraid to ban headscarves in spite of the threats and rioting.

runner on February 10, 2009 at 5:58 PM

That’s pretty much the size of it, Mommypundit.

Alana on February 10, 2009 at 6:01 PM

“The film has nothing to do with freedom of expression. This freedom does not give the right to offend,” she said.

That statement is offensive. Please arrest her.

malclave on February 10, 2009 at 6:05 PM

“A man does what he must – in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures – and that is the basis of all human morality. ”

“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”

“Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities… because it is the quality which guarantees all others. ”

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. ”

“Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things. ”

“One ought never to turn one’s back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never! ”

“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

– Winston Churchill

pedestrian on February 10, 2009 at 6:11 PM

The pandemic of Islam will destroy us all. Wahhabism and other extremist practices have no place for us infidels. Appeasement by England and Canada {It’s already to late for the rest of the EU} will lead to the death of our culture.

alternative failures on February 10, 2009 at 6:12 PM

It’s a good thing to know that non-offensive speech has been well protected. We can all rest easy now knowing that our freedom to say things that no one cares about one way or another have been secured.

JadeNYU on February 10, 2009 at 6:13 PM

@ Muswell Hillbilly on February 10, 2009 at 5:22 PM

Awesome post! Like the white guys who bust in doors wearing 1960s Batman costumes only to be foiled by the home alarm, which the criminals know brings police racing to the scene in seconds?

Beagle on February 10, 2009 at 6:14 PM

This ties in perfectly.

BL@KBIRD on February 10, 2009 at 6:14 PM

Great Britain jumped the shark right after Lady Thatcher stepped down.

jgapinoy on February 10, 2009 at 5:32 PM

With respect to the economic butchery, she helped to start what you see today. She made it a liability to be British over being some sort of immigrant. This is what you get when a nation fully and completely sells its empire for the highest amount and tell your citizens to shut up.

sethstorm on February 10, 2009 at 6:16 PM

I feel safer now.

Allah akbar.

molonlabe28 on February 10, 2009 at 6:26 PM

Britiain bans Geert Wilders for being a security risk

In times of change, the Patriot is a scarce man; brave, hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, however, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a Patriot.
- Mark Twain

MB4 on February 10, 2009 at 6:30 PM

Imagine there’s no Islam
It’s hard but you can try
No suicide hijackers coming down at us
Above us only sky
Imagine all those people
Still alive today…

Imagine there’s no Islamic countries
It’s hard but you can try
No Mohammad for them to kill or die for
And no Imams too
Imagine all the Christians, Jews and Infidels
Living life without them…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday all dhimmis will join us
And the non-Islamic world will be as one

Imagine no Burkhas
I wonder if you can
No need for Medina or Meca
A brotherhood of non-Islamic woman and man
Imagine all the people
Living without Sharia…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday all dhimmis will join us
And the non-Islamic world will be as one

MB4 on February 10, 2009 at 6:33 PM

How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property – either as a child, a wife, or a concubine – must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.
- Winston Churchill

MB4 on February 10, 2009 at 6:35 PM

The British government banned Dutch right-wing lawmaker Geert Wilders from visiting the country to show his anti-Islam film “Fitna” at the Houses of Parliament, Wilders said Tuesday…

Britain is now the land of Chamberlain, not Churchill.

Here was the new Koran of faith and war: turgid, verbose, shapeless, but pregnant with its message.
- Winston Churchill (equating Adolf Hiler’s “Mein Kampf” to the Koran in his book the “The Gathering Storm”)

MB4 on February 10, 2009 at 6:38 PM

“This freedom [of expression] does not give the right to offend,” she said.

That has to be one of the most ignorant statements ever made. Why am I not surprised she’s a politician?

AZCoyote on February 10, 2009 at 6:40 PM

That country never fails to dissapoint, do they? Seriously, Brits, get it together and reclaim your country.

BadgerHawk on February 10, 2009 at 5:18 PM

I, or rather the Lord, beseech you as Christ’s heralds to publish this everywhere and to persuade all people of whatever rank, foot-soldiers and knights, poor and rich, to carry aid promptly to those Christians and to destroy that vile race from the lands of our friends. I say this to those who are present, it is meant also for those who are absent. Moreover, Christ commands it.
- Pope Urban II

MB4 on February 10, 2009 at 6:42 PM

However, Wilders DOES certainly look a LOT like the typical suave, sophisticated European villain (possibly a rich CEO, mercenary, or Neo-Nazi mastermind) that politically-correct action movies have taught me to instinctively hate and fear.

Muswell Hillbilly on February 10, 2009 at 5:22 PM

I believe you are looking for Max Zorin from A View to A Kill. He matches your “European villain” in about every way save for being yet another fictional figure.

sethstorm on February 10, 2009 at 6:45 PM

The Civilization Jihadist Process set forth by the Ikhwan Muslimun is going along quite swimmingly.

blatantblue on February 10, 2009 at 6:47 PM

Me thinks we could harvest an alternate energy by hooking something up to Churchill’s grave. I don’t think the spinning will ever stop.

Grafted on February 10, 2009 at 6:51 PM

The British government banned Dutch right-wing lawmaker Geert Wilders from visiting the country to show his anti-Islam film “Fitna” at the Houses of Parliament

There’s a difference between us. You think the people of this country exist to provide you with position. I think your position exists to provide those people with freedom. And I go to make sure that they have it.
- William Wallace

MB4 on February 10, 2009 at 6:54 PM

In a statement the Home Office said it “opposes extremism in all its forms” and would work to “stop those who want to spread extremism, hatred and violent messages in our communities from coming to our country.”

Aye, fight and you may die. Run, and you’ll live… at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin’ to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take… OUR FREEDOM!
- William Wallace

MB4 on February 10, 2009 at 6:59 PM

I wonder what Alfred the Great would say to this?

a great culture has been destroyed…men like CS Lewis, Wilberforce, Churchill, Nelson, Wesley, Isaac Newton, John Newton, and Handel….very sad…

as James Burnham wrote about…we are seeing the suicide of the west….

right4life on February 10, 2009 at 7:10 PM

THERE’S ONLY ONE WAY TO SAVE BRITAIN:

BNP.

SUPPORT THEM.

EITHER THER TORIES GET THE MESSAGE AD GET TOUGHER, OR THE BNP TAKES OVER.

reliapundit on February 10, 2009 at 7:10 PM

“Britain” misspelled in the headline, Allah.

Jim62sch on February 10, 2009 at 5:17 PM

It’s the stimulus package. Bloggers are given a line of funding to buy and use vowels just like on Wheel of Fortune. Soon the filthy liar’s last name will be spelled OooBaaMaaaaa.

highhopes on February 10, 2009 at 7:10 PM

WM WALLACE WOULDNT BE A TORY OR A LABOUR MP, NOW… WOULD HE!?

reliapundit on February 10, 2009 at 7:11 PM

What are the chances the US would host him?

rightside on February 10, 2009 at 7:23 PM

You know, I’m honestly not worried about the Islamists taking over, for all the heated rhetoric you’ll hear from Spencer or Steyn et al. Oh, if we show enough weakness there’s another major world war to be fought. It would be nasty and bloody, for sure. But the Islamists would lose. Why? Because they’re a bunch of low tech gits from largely impoverished nations without a fraction of the knowledge or infrastructure to combat a modern western military. In any kind of open conflict, they fail utterly. For reference, see “6 Day War.”

Radical Islam is scary and ugly, but they simply don’t have the money or the technical know-how to do what they want to do (conquer the west and install the Caliphate, basically). They never will, because their culture punishes innovators and only gains knowledge by theft or purchase. They’ll always be behind, trying to cover up their lack through overheated talk and raw hate. And they’ll lose, because those methods don’t work. The worst they could manage would be to get a hold of a nuke or bioweapon and start something larger. Certainly something to guard against, but not the bigger threat, to be honest.

The true danger this represents is more subtle and therefore all the more insidious: a culture of the lowest common denominator of offense. A culture so enamored of peace, comfort, and calm that ideas which upset an acknowledged “victim group” are purged mercilessly. Fascism with a smiley face. And it’s not the cold fascism represented by a “V for Vendetta” – it’s a warm, fuzzy, happy fascism. It’s fascism with shiny Apple products and “eco-friendly” living. It’s fascism that embraces technology and change and cooperation and tolerance! – so long as those things fit within a rather narrowly circumscribed group of options pre-approved by the state.

People will go for it because it’s pretty and warm and secure. And they’ll smile while their throats are slit.

TheUnrepentantGeek on February 10, 2009 at 7:29 PM

What are the chances the US would host him?

rightside on February 10, 2009 at 7:23 PM

He’d have a lot better chances here in the US.

sethstorm on February 10, 2009 at 7:30 PM

LOL, since there’s so many CIA operatives in Britain these days, perhaps they could stage a coup. Of course being the CIA, the Islamicists would come to power ))))

Mister Ghost on February 10, 2009 at 7:34 PM

“We shall never surrender”

Those were the days.Gone now.

the_nile on February 10, 2009 at 5:22 PM

Just listened to the audio of that speech the other night. Obama with his gloom & Doom was depressing me. Needed to hear a real Leader speak.

Kevin in Southern Illinois on February 10, 2009 at 7:40 PM

They are now the country of “Brave” Sir Robin.

Bravely bold Sir Robin
Rode forth from Camelot.
He was not afraid to die,
Oh brave Sir Robin.
He was not at all afraid
To be killed in nasty ways.
Brave, brave, brave, brave Sir Robin.

He was not in the least bit scared
To be mashed into a pulp.
Or to have his eyes gouged out,
And his elbows broken.
To have his kneecaps split
And his body burned away,
And his limbs all hacked and mangled
Brave Sir Robin.

His head smashed in
And his heart cut out
And his liver removed
And his bowls unplugged
And his nostrils raped
And his bottom burnt off
And his pen–

“That’s… that’s enough music for now lads,
*** there’s dirty work afoot*** ???.”

Brave Sir Robin ran away.
(“No!”)
Bravely ran away away.
(“I didn’t!”)
When danger reared it’s ugly head,
He bravely turned his tail and fled.
(“no!”)
Yes, brave Sir Robin turned about
(“I didn’t!”)
And gallantly he chickened out.

****Bravely**** taking (“I never did!”) to his feet,
He beat a very brave retreat.
(“all lies!”)
Bravest of the braaaave, Sir Robin!
(“I never!”)

cobrakai99 on February 10, 2009 at 7:50 PM

I like Wilders’ hair. He always looks like a character I can replicate in ESIV: Oblivion.

Darth Executor on February 10, 2009 at 8:22 PM

The film has nothing to do with freedom of expression. This freedom does not give the right to offend,” she said.

Cool! Pull up a chair and pop some corn, won’t be long before a bunch of muslims are silenced.

moxie_neanderthal on February 10, 2009 at 8:42 PM

Wow, Allah, you’re gonna incur the wrath of Charles Johnson for pointing this out.

/jk

john1schn on February 10, 2009 at 8:52 PM

TheUnrepentantGeek on February 10, 2009 at 7:29 PM

You miss two important points my friend:

1) They are winning without firing a shot. The basis of western society has been underminded to the point where whole societies are self censoring, providing special provisions and basically kow towing to a vocal muslim minority.

2) The demographics favor an eventual muslim majority in places like Denmark, France and elsewhere. What happens in a few years when muslims constitute the majority in a European nation.

In short, you find a vocal, anti western values muslim insurgency in many European countries. Where they become the majority they will invoke change through the ballot box, in those places that cannot they will impose their will on a compliant western population.

Denmark is starting to resist but it is far too late.

What a Shame.

You ask how it could happen in Europe, simply look at our own presidential election to see how republican rule can sometimes start a very destructive process that cannot easily be reversed.

moxie_neanderthal on February 10, 2009 at 8:54 PM

Wow, Allah, you’re gonna incur the wrath of [a fanatic] for pointing this out.

/jk

john1schn on February 10, 2009 at 8:52 PM

There are more reasonable people than the fanatic that Mr. Johnson is to point something like this out. That is, I’ll take the IDF over a two-bit blogger.

sethstorm on February 10, 2009 at 8:58 PM

Geert Wilders appears determined to become a martyr, and as his fame/infamy grows he may prove to be a very effective one.

DFCtomm on February 10, 2009 at 9:02 PM

The men that worked for England
They have their graves at home:
And bees and birds of England
About the cross can roam.

But they that fought for England,
Following a falling star,
Alas, alas for England
They have their graves afar.

And they that rule in England,
In stately conclave met,
Alas, alas for England,
They have no graves as yet.

—— G.K. Chesterton

njcommuter on February 10, 2009 at 9:44 PM

Just for laughs, I wen to the Guardian UK chat boards to see what they were saying about their hypocritical, anti free speech country. Total number of threads on the topic. Zero. As in “none.”

They’re constantly screeching about the fascist USA and the Bush “junta.” When their own real, genuine lack of freedoms is plainly evident – not a peep out of them. I suspect the red fascists at The Guardian immediately delete any discussion of the topic. Creeps.

Django on February 10, 2009 at 9:45 PM

There are more reasonable people than the fanatic that Mr. Johnson is to point something like this out. That is, I’ll take the IDF over a two-bit blogger.

sethstorm on February 10, 2009 at 8:58 PM

You’re giving Charles the dancing clown way too much credit. He’s really a one-bit blogger.

john1schn on February 10, 2009 at 10:16 PM

Presumably the UK’s now a no-go zone for Ayaan Hirsi Ali

It’s been a no-go zone for me for a few years now.

JiangxiDad on February 10, 2009 at 10:21 PM

THERE’S ONLY ONE WAY TO SAVE BRITAIN:

BNP.

SUPPORT THEM.

EITHER THER TORIES GET THE MESSAGE AD GET TOUGHER, OR THE BNP TAKES OVER.

reliapundit on February 10, 2009 at 7:10 PM

What crap. Britain resisted fascism alone before and it can do it again be it from Islamofascists or the BNP and their racist nonsense.

lexhamfox on February 10, 2009 at 10:28 PM

I think a game of soccer is what’s needed…………

………… Manchester United against Allah’s Riot.

No time limit……

Seven Percent Solution on February 10, 2009 at 10:36 PM

Their country is finally as rotten as their teeth.

Wine_N_Dine on February 10, 2009 at 11:35 PM

A Swiss ‘extremist’ against Islamic law

One litmus test I applied to the many politicians on the European Right I’ve recently interviewed concerned their views on Israel. As supposed “extremists,” “fascists,” even “neo-Nazis,” what would they say?

I asked Freysinger where Israel fits into his worldview. “Our party has always defended Israel because we are well aware that if Israel disappears, we lose a vanguard,” he replied. “They are fighting now our fight in fact; and as long as the Muslims are concentrated on Israel, it is not so hard for us. But as soon as Israel will have disappeared, well, they will come to get the other part.”

I think by “the other part” he meant the rest of the West. In this outlook, Freysinger is by no means alone on the European Right: members of other such parties — for example, Belgium’s Vlaams Belang, the Danish People’s Party and Holland’s Freedom Party — explained to me how they find in Israel’s struggle against both Islamization and jihad common cause.

“The right-wing parties should join their forces to fight Islamization,” Freysinger said.

Good idea.
- Diana West

MB4 on February 11, 2009 at 12:12 AM

You’re giving Charles the dancing clown way too much credit. He’s really a one-bit blogger.

john1schn on February 10, 2009 at 10:16 PM

1, 2, it doesn’t matter when he starts proving that it is indeed one site, one opinion unlike HA.

sethstorm on February 11, 2009 at 12:12 AM

Cancer is also offended by chemotherapy.

When does it get a lobby?

profitsbeard on February 11, 2009 at 12:44 AM

Of course Britain bans Geert Wilders. His arrival might anger the Paki terrorists and drown out the dhimmi pleas not to murder Brits.

London – The British government will air ads on Pakistani television urging terrorists to not attack Britain.

Prominent British Muslims will star in the British Foreign Office-funded £400,000 (approximately Rs 2.9 crore)-campaign that is set to break on Pakistani television next Monday, ‘The Guardian’ reported on Tuesday.

The three-month public relations offensive, called ‘I Am the West’, will also include high-profile events in regions such as Peshawar and Mirpur, ‘The Guardian’ said. Seven in ten British Pakistanis are Mirpuris.

According to ‘The Guardian’, the first three ads in the project will feature British Communities Minister Sadiq Khan, UK manager of Islamic Relief Jehangir Malik, former England Under-19 captain and promising Worcestershire allrounder Moeen Ali, and the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Chaudry Abdul Rashid, a Mirpuri.

The campaign, the paper said, will be targeted at ‘15-25-year-old males who are less than well-educated and worldly wise, but potentially susceptible to extremist doctrines’. Nine 30-second commercials, supported by ads on radio, will be aired on PTV, Geo TV and Khyber among other channels. If the Pakistani campaign is successful, it will be extended in Egypt, Yemen and Indonesia.

moxie_neanderthal on February 11, 2009 at 1:32 AM

I guess the sun “does” set on the British Empire.

hawkdriver on February 11, 2009 at 6:54 AM

1, 2, it doesn’t matter when he starts proving that it is indeed one site, one opinion unlike HA.

sethstorm on February 11, 2009 at 12:12 AM

huh?

hawkdriver on February 11, 2009 at 6:55 AM

a British Muslim peer, who threatened to mobilize 10,000 of the UK’s highly mobilize-able Muslims to block the screening

Funny one can never mobilize more than a half dozen Muslims to protest the beheadings, bombings, acid attacks, and sundry other violent acts done in the name of Islam.

Disturb the Universe on February 11, 2009 at 8:16 AM

“The film has nothing to do with freedom of expression. This freedom does not give the right to offend,” she said.

Yes, it does!

Disturb the Universe on February 11, 2009 at 8:19 AM

What crap. Britain resisted fascism alone before and it can do it again be it from Islamofascists or the BNP and their racist nonsense.

lexhamfox on February 10, 2009 at 10:28 PM

Can and will are two very different verbs.

Disturb the Universe on February 11, 2009 at 8:23 AM

All the stories have been told
Of kings and days of old
But there’s no England now

All the wars that were won and lost
Somehow don’t seem to matter very much anymore
All the lies we were told
All the lies of the people running round
Their castles have burned
Now I see change
But inside we’re the same as we ever were

Living on a thin line
Tell me now, what are we supposed to do?

Credit – The Kinks, Living on a Thin Line

tgillian on February 11, 2009 at 8:36 AM

Credit – The Kinks, Living on a Thin Line

tgillian on February 11, 2009 at 8:36 AM

Here you go.

Disturb the Universe on February 11, 2009 at 8:45 AM

Try again.

Disturb the Universe on February 11, 2009 at 8:48 AM

I’ll take Wilders into my home any day! A dutchman will ball$.
Certainly there are no Englishmen with ball$.
Who woulda thunk?

Badger40 on February 11, 2009 at 10:10 AM

No longer “Great Britain”

Now just a bunch of welfare limey dhimmis

pseudonominus on February 11, 2009 at 10:12 AM

The centre, as the poet says, cannot hold.

pussum207 on February 11, 2009 at 11:10 AM

Funny one can never mobilize more than a half dozen Muslims to protest the beheadings, bombings, acid attacks, and sundry other violent acts done in the name of Islam.

Disturb the Universe on February 11, 2009 at 8:16 AM

Two reasons:

1. most muslims condone such behavior since they share the same mental illness as their violent co-religionists. Privately muslims consider us ‘unbelievers’ to be evil and literally pray for our destruction on a regular basis.

2. the minority of genuinely peaceful muslims are afraid of fundamentalists as much as many westerners are and know what will happen to them if they speak out against the barbarity in Islam. The media doesn’t care too much about muslim on muslim violence either so they keep their mouth shut.

As westerners our only goal should be educating others (liberals), uniting and working together to eliminate Islam-peace with this civilization-destroying death cult is impossible. Decent muslims will join our side like they did in Iraq. The evil ones will get our boot to their face.

thinkagain on February 11, 2009 at 11:50 AM