Geert Wilders’ 9/11 Speech
Geert Wilders, the Dutch politician under threat of death from radical Islamists, gave a speech on 11 September, 2010 at Ground Zero that all Americans should pay attention to.
May I ask you to be silent
for ten seconds? Just be silent and listen. Ten seconds. And listen… What we
hear are the sounds of life in the greatest city on earth. No place in the
world, no place in human history, is as richly varied and vibrant and dynamic
Now close your eyes - I know it’s a beautiful day, but close your eyes. I have been told that this day nine years ago was just such a beautiful day — and remember, or try to remember, or try to imagine the sounds which were heard here on this spot under this same blue sky exactly nine years ago. The sound of shock, the sound of destruction, the sound of panic, the sound of pain, the sound of terror.
My friends, I have come
from the other side of the
Darryl Worley - Have You Forgotten?
Humbly, I stand here before you as a Dutchman and a European. I, too, however, cannot forget. How can anyone forget? Let me remind you of the words from Darryl Worley’s 9/11 song.
Have you forgotten how it felt that day?
To see your homeland under fire
And her people blown away
Have you forgotten when those towers fell?
We had neighbors still inside going thru a living hell
Worley’s response is
our response: No, we will NEVER forget. We are here today because we have not
forgotten all the loved ones that were lost and those left to carry on. And
neither has the world. When the forces of Jihad attacked
Among those lost were
people from 55 nations, people of every religion and every persuasion. No place
on earth had a more multi-ethnic, multi-racial, and multi-lingual workforce
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf claims the right to build a mosque, a house of Sharia here - on this hallowed ground. But, friends, I have
not forgotten and neither have you. That is why we are here today. To draw the
line. Here, on this sacred spot. We are here in the spirit of
Mayor Bloomberg uses
tolerance as an argument to allow Imam Rauf and his
sponsors to build their so-called Cordoba Mosque. Mayor Bloomberg forgets,
however, that openness cannot be open-ended. A tolerant society is not a
suicidal society. It must defend itself against the powers of darkness, the
force of hatred and the blight of ignorance. It cannot tolerate the intolerant
- and survive. This means that we must not give a free hand to those who want
to subjugate us. An overwhelming majority of Americans is opposed to building
this mosque. So is an overwhelming majority everywhere in the non-Islamic
world. Because we all realize what is at stake here. We know what this
Imam Rauf maintains that American secular law and Sharia law are based on the same principles. He refuses to
condemn terrorists because he says terrorism is “a very complex question”. He
That is why this man
should not play the game he has in mind here in
Osama bin Laden is not
made in the
majority of Americans is opposed to building an Islamic cultural center close
to Ground Zero. There is no lack of mosques in
We who have come to speak today, object to this mosque project because its promoter and his wealthy sponsors have never suggested building a center to promote tolerance and interfaith understanding where it is really needed: In Mecca - a town where non-Muslims are not even allowed to enter, let alone build churches, synagogues, temples or community centers. So why should we do that?
Ordinary Americans object to the mosque project because currently no fewer than ten major multi-million dollar mosque projects are being planned in the United States as well as dozens in Europe, while not a single church is allowed in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, while Jews are not even allowed to move their lips in prayer on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, while the oldest Christians in the world, the Copts, are not free to renovate their churches, let alone to build one in Egypt.
My friends, that is why
we are here today. What happens in
In a poll, two thirds
of the Muslim immigrants in the
But, let us also
express our gratitude for the heroes of 9/11, those who went down in that
Pennsylvania field, those who were standing freedom’s watch at the Pentagon,
and those who were here in New York nine years ago to risk and lose their lives
for the victims. Friends, in honor of these victims, these heroes and their
families, I believe that the words of Ronald Reagan, spoken in
President Reagan said: “We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we may always be free.” And, we, too, will always remember the victims of 9/11 and their loved ones who were left behind; We, too, will always be proud of the heroes; We will always defend liberty, democracy and human dignity; In the name of freedom: No mosque here!