Two Washington Interviews with Geert Wilders: CBN versus The Daily Caller
When the Hon. Geert Wilders was in the US for promotion of his new book, Marked for Death Islam's War Against the West and Me, he had two contrasting interviews while in Washington, DC. One was with Erik Stalebeck of CBN, while the other was with Jamie Weinstein of The Daily Caller. Probably the most informative interview of the two was with premier terrorism analyst, Erik Stakelbeck of CBN. This is by far the most comprehensive Wilders' Washington interviews covering a wide range of his views on Islam, Shariah, Islamization in the West, the economic and social costs of wholesale Muslim immigration in The Netherlands, the daily problems of living with the threats to his life, the totalitarian ideology at the core of doctrinal Islam, his high regard for Israel and its fight against jihadist Islam and disruption of his family life. Wilders views the Muslim Brotherhood as fundamentalists using religiously sanctioned taqiyya to perpetrate a Grand jihad on the Muslim Umma and the West. He discusses why he supports Israel in its fight against Jihadist Islam because of shared democratic and Judeo Christian values. Wilders is critical of President Obama's stands vis a vis outreach to the Muslim ummah and relations with the Muslim Brotherhood. His solutions are defense of free speech, not engaging in moral relativism when it comes to religion, controlling Muslim immigration, the engine of Islamization, and ejecting immigrants who refuse to accept the values of Western host countries. The exchange with Stakelbeck elucidates many of the arguments that Wilders presents in Marked for Death and covered in our review, see here.
The Daily Caller interview is more challenging given probing questions about Wilders' views. Weinstein prods him to differentiate between so-called Moderate Muslims and fundamentalists and the practicality of banning the Qur'an which he considers antisemitic and hateful to Christianity and other beliefs as well. When queried by Weinstein about his views about mass Muslim immigration and restrictions on further mosque building in The Netherlands, Wilders follows the arguments presented in our NER interview with Sam Solomon that mosques are more than a place a worship but more a venue for incitement to hate against the host country's Judeo Christian values.
Watch Stakelbeck's conversation with Wilders on his CBN program, Stakelbeck on Terror.
Watch the Weinstein Daily Caller interview with Wilders.