The debate over Geert Wilders 10-minute film, "Fitna" exposes the futility and silliness of the the European mentality. "'Freedom must always be accompanied by social responsibility,' remarked one critic of the film. But this sentiment is a recipe for tyranny. This inherent anti-libertarianism usually found in continental Europe is pulled from the turgid pages of Herbert Marcuse, who preached a repressive tolerance.
Of course the socialist left, which no doubt led today's protest against the film, remains delusional. The left maintains that radical Islam can indeed stand side-by-side with a Western construct such as scientific socialism and even the Enlightment. They are grossly misguided. The fellow in the picture who throws up the term fascist in his placard is simply representative. Is Wilders over the top? Most definitely. But does a man who fights for the rights of women, gays and Jews really a fascist? Why is Wilders the problem when radical Islam, unassimilated in Europe, fails to accept the parameters of a tolerant society. The fascist canard has no caloric value. It has long been a the favorite European epithet for one's political opponent. One ought to remind the pithy protester that the spectre of fascism is always dangling over the United States but almost every time lands with much fanfare, gusto and little regret in Europe. Yes the gentile Europeans who gave us the great Holocaust will revulse once the Islamists push the envelope too far on a trivial issue such as sharia law. If history is any guide their ways of dealing with the problem will make Gitmo look like a pleasure island.
Reason magazine offers an admirable defense of Geert Wilders here.