At a time when President Obama insists that the most pressing threat facing America is the growing cost of health care, a recent speech in Britain's House of Lords by Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders is a salutary reminder of what is really endangering us all: The rising tide of Islamic supremacism codified by authoritative Islam in the brutally repressive law of Shariah - the law of Saudi Arabia and Iran among other Islamic states.
For pointing out that danger and striving in his native Netherlands to counteract it, Mr. Wilders is being reviled and slandered. Condemnation from the Islamists is to be expected. Ditto the attacks from their friends on the political Left. Unfortunately, he has also recently been sharply criticized by several prominent and influential American conservatives. On Fox News last week, Glenn Beck called him "a fascist," Bill Kristol said he was "a demagogue" and Charles Krauthammer described him as "extreme, radical and wrong."
With all due respect to my friends in the media, let me paraphrase the late Senator Lloyd Bentsen: I know Geert Wilders, Geert Wilders is a friend of mine and Geert Wilders is no fascist, demagogue or extremist.
In fact, at great personal cost and with extraordinary courage, Geert Wilders has been trying to save his country from the true fascists of our time, those whose demagoguery is unmistakable and whose extremism is all too real: Shariah-adherent Muslims in the Netherlands, in Europe more generally and in the wider world - including, increasingly here in the United States.
Now, I have had my disagreements with Mr. Wilders - primarily about the way he sometimes characterizes the problem posed by Shariah. But let there be no doubt: He is committed to protecting freedom and Western civilization in an era when too many are choosing the easier course of ignoring the gathering threat being posed to them by Shariah-inspired, fascistic Islamic supremacism.
Geert Wilders does so in the tradition of others who valiantly fought earlier efforts to impose intolerant and repressive ideologies on free societies. Indeed, in his appearance before Britain's House of Lords on March 5th, he invoked: Ronald Reagan who famously declared, "We need to act today, to preserve tomorrow"; George Orwell's "If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear"; and Winston Churchill's comparison of the Koran to Mein Kampf and "Winnie's" century-old admonitions about the threat "Mohammedanism" poses to Western civilization.
Frank Gaffney Jr. is the founder and president of the Center for Security Policy and author of War Footing: 10 Steps America Must Take to Prevail in the War for the Free World .
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