Rettssaken mot Geert Wilders kan ta en helt annen retning enn aktoratet tenker hvis Wilders får viljen sin, og det tyder mye på at han får. Da er det sammenligningen mellom Mein Kampf og Koranen som vil bli saumfart, og det kan gi høyst uvelkommen oppmerksomet blant verdens muslimer.
Wilders har varslet innkalling av 17 vitner, blant dem flere ledende eksperter på Koranen. Disse skal uttale seg om hvor antisemittisk osv. Koranen er, sammenholdt med Mein Kampf. Det kan komme en del ubehagelige uttalelser ut av en slik sammenligning.
Dette viser hvor ubetenksom rettssaken mot Wilders er, skriver nederlenderen Leon de Winter i Wall street journal.
Mr. Wilders’s prosecution may in the end inadvertently create a crisis between the Netherlands and the Islamic world. On trial is not so much Geert Wilders, but the Holy Book of Islam. On Jan. 20, the first day of the case, Mr. Wilders’s defense team presented the court with a list of expert witnesses. It is indicative of his strategy. The expert witnesses, a group of internationally renowned academics on the one hand and, on the other, radical Islamists (among them Mohammed Bouyeri, the killer of Theo van Gogh, and the influential Iranian Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi, an outspoken anti-Semite and religious mentor of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinedjad), are requested to testify about the Quran’s message and Mr. Wilders’s comparison of the Quran to «Mein Kampf.» As Mr. Wilders stated on the first and, so far only, session in court, if his statements about the Quran and «Mein Kampf» are correct, he cannot be convicted for telling the truth. So Mr. Wilders’s defense team will concentrate on the extreme and violent paragraphs in the Quran, and compare them to paragraphs in «Mein Kampf.»
The prosecution did not object to calling the witnesses for the purpose of shedding light on the Quran and «Mein Kampf» and only objected to the high number of witnesses named (17). The court will thus most likely allow most witnesses on the list to testify. Without doubt, there are many anti-Jewish remarks in the Quran. According to some researchers, there may be more of these in the Quran than in «Mein Kampf.» So it is quite conceivable that the court will judge that Geert Wilders was within his right to compare the Quran to «Mein Kampf.» Anything is possible in this absurd trial.
The three judges hearing the case—no doubt decent, modest, postmodern Dutchmen with a minimum knowledge of Islam and its culture and traditions—will now be forced to debate the nature of a religious text, something that should have never been heard in the court of an enlightened society. In front of the judges and television cameras, the ancient founding text of an entire civilization will be criticized and weighed against one of the most inhumane texts written in the 20th century—without any doubt a deep insult to Muslims, radical or not.
There is a way out. The district attorney’s office has complied with the appeals court’s order to prosecute Mr. Wilders. The trial has started. It should now ask the court for an acquittal. This preposterous trial needs to be stopped right now.
Mr. Leon de Winter is a Dutch novelist and adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute.
Stop the Trial of Geert Wilders
A Dutch court is forced to compare Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ and the Quran