It was a dark day in Dutch history this past wednesday. The extremist anti-Islam party, that is cynically called “Party for Freedom” (PVV in Dutch), led by Geert Wilders of Fitna-fame, more than doubled its number of seats at the general elections.
A critical analysis of Geert Wilders was aired on Dutch TV recently (Zembla; mostly in Dutch), which made minced beef of the arguments for his political stance, and warned for the dangers of his ideology. His analysis of what the Koran sais (e.g. in Fitna) is extremely shaky, and in some instances even diametrically opposed to what is actually meant in context (where have we heard that before…?). His appeal is based on fear mongering and scapegoating, while ‘dehumanizing’ the humanity of people with a different faith than his own. It’s entirely reprehensible.
As if that’s not enough, they flat out deny the existence of human induced climate change.
Some background to balance the ranting:
Far from being a two-party system, the Dutch political landscape is more fragmented than it’s ever been. A majority coalition needs at least three, and in many cases four parties. The historic ‘political middle’ has been decimated (via RNW):
150 is the number of seats in the Dutch Parliament
The parties represented in this graphic with the number of seats between brackets are:
PvdA (Dutch Labour Party)
PVV (Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party)
VVD (centre-right liberals)
CDA (Christian Democrats)
SGP (Protestant party)
SP (Socialist Party)
Partij voor de Dieren (Party for the Animals)
D66 (Democrats 66)
ChristenUnie (Christian Union)
Trots op Nederland (Proud of the Netherlands)