Video: Geert Wilders' brilliant speech

21 January 2010

Vlad Tepes Blog 21 January 2010

Geert gives a fantastic speech recalling Jefferson among others. This is a must see video.

Full transcript:

00:00 Mister Wilders, do you have something on paper that can, or may be given to the registrar later on?

00:10 When will I get it back?

00:12 Then we will make a copy of it and hand the original back to you.

00:16 Yes, thank you.

00:17 Mr. President, members of the court, I would like to only use a few minutes of my right to speak.

00:26 And I would like to begin by saying that of all our attainments, freedom is the most precious and most vulnerable.

00:36 It is what people have dedicated their lives to and what people have given their lives for.

00:45 Our freedom in this country is the fruit of centuries.

00:50 It is the result of a history that has no equal and has brought us to where we are today.

00:59 I believe with all my heart and soul that the freedom is threatened in the Netherlands.

01:06 That heritage, which generations could only dream of…

01:12 … is precisely this freedom which is no longer a given fact, no longer a matter self-evidence.

01:20 I dedicate my life to defending our freedom. I know what the risks are and I every day again, pay the price for that.

01:31 I do not complain about it; it is my own decision. I see it as my duty and therefore I am standing here today.

01:43 I know that the words I use are sometimes tough, but they are never reckless.

01:50 It is not my intention to spare the ideology of conquest and destruction, but neither do I intend to offend people.

02:01 I have nothing against Muslims. I have a problem with the Islam and the Islamization of our country…

02:09 … because Islam is at right angles to freedom.

02:14 Future generations will wonder how we, in 2010, at this location, in this room, served our most precious asset.

02:29 Whether the freedom is for both sides in this debate and thus also for Islam-critics.

02:35 Or whether in the Netherlands only one side of the debate may be heard.

02:41 Whether freedom of speech in the Netherlands applies to everyone, or only to some.

02:49 The answer to that is immediately also the answer to the question whether freedom still has a home in this country.

02:57 Freedom has but never been owned by a small group, but has always been the heritage of us all.

03:09 We have all been blessed by it.

03:13 Lady Justice wears a blindfold, but she can hear perfectly well, she can listen perfectly well.

03:23 And I hope she, Lady Justice, will hear the following phrases sound, loud and clear:

03:30 "It is not only the right, but also the duty of free people…

03:37 … to speak out against any ideology that threatens freedom."

03:44 Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States, was right:

03:49 "The price for freedom is eternal vigilance."

03:53 I hope with all I have in me that freedom of expression in this trial will prevail.

04:02 Not only that I will be acquitted, but that the freedom of speech will continue to exist.

04:11 Finally, Mr. Chairman, members of the court.

04:14 In this trial it of course is about the freedom of expression.

04:20 But in this trial it is certainly also about finding the truth.

04:25 The statements I have made, the comparisons I have drawn — are they true?

04:32 As mentioned in the summons.

04:35 Because, if something is true, how can it be illegal?

04:40 Therefore I ask you strongly not only to grant my request for the hearing of witnesses and experts in the field of freedom of speech.

04:52 But I also ask you explicitly to honor my requests for the hearing of witnesses and experts on the field of Islam, all in full publicity.

05:05 I hereby am not only referring to the gentleman Jansen and Admiraal but also on the expert witnesses

05:10 from Israel, the United States, the United Kingdom and other countries. Preferably, all.

05:16 I must have the ability to defend myself,

05:21 I must prove you that I have spoken the truth, please do not obstruct me from that.

05:28 Because without these witnesses, I cannot defend myself well

05:32 and in my view it will be out of the question that this is a fair trial.

05:37 Thank you.

05:40 We will withdraw for a while to consider in the proceedings,

05:44 unless one of us wants to say something.