During World War II, many Dutch citizens courageously resisted Nazi efforts to round up Jews for deportation to concentration camps. Today, a prominent Dutch parliamentarian has become the first significant European politician to demand that all male Muslim refugees, whom he characterized as “walking testosterone bombs” in a “sexual jihad” against the West be interned in “asylum centers” — an antiseptic euphemism for “concentration camps.”
In a video produced by his New Freedom Party (PVV), Geert Wilders referred to attacks carried out against women in Cologne, Germany on New Year’s Day by assailants identified as Arab and North African men.
“Recently, thousands of Arab men raped, sexually attacked, and humiliated hundreds of women,” Wilders declared. “All women are fair game.
I have called the perpetrators `testosterone bombs.’ We have seen what they are capable of. It’s sexual terrorism — sexual jihad. And it is happening all over Europe — in The Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Austria. Everywhere where they let in hundreds of thousands of mostly single men from a culture of oppression of women. Everywhere where irresponsible open-door politicians … have rolled out the red carpet for these testosterone bombs. Everywhere, we are now confronting a rape epidemic.”
In The Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe, Wilders continues, “People are right to be angry and afraid. People are justifiably angry. Thousands of Dutch women have justifiable questions about their own safety — who will protect me? Thousands of Dutch men have questions about their [wives] — who will protect them? Thousands of Dutch parents … are afraid of what might happen to their daughters; who watches over them?”
Rather than providing reassurance, Wilders sought to amplify that alarm:
“Horrible mass assaults such as in Cologne can also happen here in The Netherlands, and it’s time to finally face the truth: The perpetrators come from a culture where women are inferior beings — a culture of honor killings and humiliation of women; a culture established by a so-called prophet who had sex slaves and raped a nine-year-old girl called Aisha. It’s time to face the truth about Islam, as well, and anyone — anyone –who looks away is guilty.”
European political leaders who refuse to close the borders “have abandoned our women, and are therefore partly responsible,” Wilders insisted. “We have to close our borders to all asylum seekers, and all immigrants from Islamic countries. But as long as this does not happen, as long as our women are in danger by the Islamic testosterone bombs, I propose that we lock the male asylum seekers up in the asylum centers. For them, the asylum centers must be closed institutions, so not a single asylum-seeker can go in the streets, and our women — finally — are protected.”
Like many other right-leaning figures both in Europe and the United States, Wilders has accused the German government of seeking to suppress the truth about the Cologne attacks and the alleged “rape epidemic.” An official inquiry into police handling of the New Year’s eve assaults criticized the police chief and his administration for responding too slowly, and being tardy in informing the public.
A total of 516 criminal reports were filed, forty percent of which described incidents of sexual assault, but it’s unclear how many of those inexcusable acts of violent aggression involved rape. Information from a police report leaked to the German publication Bild, and summarized in the British press, referred to two documented accusations of rape.
Police in Cologne have identified 19 suspects, 10 of whom were asylum-seekers, the rest in the country illegally. The German federal police, which has jurisdiction over the train station where the attacks occurred, has identified 32 additional suspects, 22 of whom were seeking asylum. That second figure also includes three German citizens and an American.
It is clear that genuinely horrible things happened at the train station in Cologne on New Year’s Day. Wilder’s claim that “thousands of Arab men raped” and otherwise brutalized women appears to be a specimen of opportunistic hyperbole by a politician who has called for legal restrictions on the religious liberties of Muslims in his country as part of a global crusade against Islam.
Wilders’s proposal was made primarily for its shock value and most likely won’t become policy — at least immediately. It plays very neatly into the strategy outlined by ISIS of destroying the “gray zone.” Updating the classic terrorist strategy described decades ago by Carlos Marighella, ISIS seeks to provoke Western governments into imposing draconian measures — such as confining Muslim men in concentration camps, by whatever name — as a way of convincing peaceful Muslims in the “gray zone” that coexistence with the West is impossible.
“The Muslims in the West will quickly find themselves between one of two choices, they either apostatize and adopt the kufri [infidel] religion propagated by Bush, Obama, Blair, Cameron, Sarkozy, and Hollande in the name of Islam so as to live amongst the kuffar [infidels] without hardship, or they perform hijrah [emigrate] to the Islamic State and thereby escape persecution from the crusader governments and citizens,” explained the ISIS strategy blueprint.
Although Wilders clearly is seeking to rally opponents of Islam, he is serving double-duty — perhaps unwittingly — as an ISIS ally and recruiter.