Many people have been shocked by a recent undercover documentary on Danish television. It revealed how imams, speaking a moderate language when talking to Westerners, have a quite different message for Muslims in the mosque. There, Islam shows its true face: Cruel, barbaric, inhumane.
Ronald Reagan used to say that “the nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.” Last November, Pew Research revealed that only 19% of Americans still trust the government. And 55% are convinced that “ordinary Americans” would do a better job of solving national problems than the elected politicians.
Elsewhere in the West, the situation isn’t much different. Research by the Social and Cultural Planning Bureau (SCP) in the Netherlands indicates similar distrust towards the government, with people complaining that politicians do not listen to ordinary citizens. 55% state that they want to have a bigger say.
The SCP-study also reveals, however, that, while trust in politicians is dwindling, trust in democracy is rising. People want more direct democracy. It is only normal that citizens want to become more involved when they are convinced that they would do a better job at tackling the nation’s problems than the present leadership.
In the Netherlands, the BDS movement has raided shops where Israeli products are on sale. "France has already banned this movement. In our country, however, it can freely commit such anti-Semitic actions," says PVV MP Raymond de Roon. "We want the government to distance itself from these utterly disgusting actions."
Parliamentary questions by Mr De Roon and Mr Wilders (both PVV) to the Minister of Foreign Affairs on the labeling of Israeli products:
How do you assess the actions of the labeling Sharia police in Dutch shops (*)?