The following comes from Esther at Islam in Europe:
44% agree with Wilders that "Islam is out to destroy Western civilization." 88% of Wilders' supporters think so.
At the beginning of March 52% of the Dutch feared riots in the Netherlands and 62% expected attacks on Dutch embassies and companies abroad. Now just 20% expect riots at home and 30% expect riots abroad.
90% thought the film exceeded their expectations. 82% says that 'a lot of fuss was made about nothing'. 70% think the film is not insulting to Muslims.
About three quarters of those surveyed who had seen Fitna said their image of Islam did not change. 23% think of it more negatively. Three quarters of Wilders' followed had seen the movie in its entirety and the rest want to see it. 93% of supporters thought the film was good to very good.
The study was conducted among 10,000 member of the EenVandaag opinion panel.
Source: EenVandaag (Dutch)
Well, nevermind that the Muslim furor over the release of Fitna is a fizz, the Dutch are still seemingly unhappy about the state of things as they are and will be:
|Dutch: Mass Immigration Our Biggest Mistake Ever|
AMSTERDAM, 27/03/08 - The majority of the Dutch are negative on Islam and immigration. Additionally, their knowledge of Dutch history is meagre, according to a survey by three history professors.
According to 56 percent of the Dutch, Islam is a threat to the Dutch identity. As well, 57 percent named admitting large groups of immigrants as "the biggest mistake in Dutch history".
I knew a woman-- briefly-- who made it her life's reason to apologize for the behaviour of everyone around her to strangers. When I first met her she apologized for the state of her house, which looked fine; and she apologized for the state of the neighbours' lawn, which being seen in the night was some kind of stretch; then she apologized for her mother's behaviour at dinner; but when she apologized for my behaviour to a stranger on the sidewalk I said goodbye and didn't apologize at all.
That girl, (I'm not making up that anecdote,) is too much like liberals today and in our past years: They thrive on apologizing for everything so to make others look like fools and bullies and slobs and to make themselves look like the helpless victims of brutes and philistines whose behaviour they can't control. They no doubt feel smug and superiour doing so. Metaphysically speaking, I say: "Fuck 'em."
Wilders: Balkenende Must be Terribly Embarrassed
THE HAGUE, 29/03/08 - Party for Freedom (PVV) leader Geert Wilders considers that Premier Jan Peter Balkenende "must be terribly embarrassed" about everything he has said in the past about his anti-Koran film Fitna.
Balkenende repeatedly stressed in recent weeks that the film could lead to attacks and deaths. When the media asked him if he was not exaggerating, the premier even replied last week that the word 'crisis' could turn out to be a euphemism.
The reactions from the Muslim world so far appear to be moderate. "Muslims are acting much more responsibly than the premier," according to Wilders. "He should offer his apologies in front of the camera with a red face of shame. Actually, he should resign, but this will not happen," he added.
TV programme EenVandaag held a poll Friday among its permanent opinion panel of 10,000. A large majority (82 percent) consider that there has been "a great fuss about nothing." Only 20 percent now expect riots over the film, compared with 52 percent recently.
We live with the affected reign of the Brenda Lee-generation anthem ringing in our ears. Yes, we even have back-up from our politician signing drunkenly under the dim lights of after-hours parliamentary meeting rooms, "It's my political party and I'll cry if I want to." Many of us are ready to puke, but certainly not our intelligentsia; they simply sob and weep, drowning out all complaint. Well, it's come out in the open now. Geert Wilders has shown his 15 minute movie to the world, and all the crying and apologizing prior has shown itself to be so much maudlin sentimentality on public display for no other reason that to make the majority of Westerners look like fools in the eyes of the rest of the world. It didn't work. None of us are embarrassed, none of us are ashamed of our behaviour. Nope, it's the cringing fools who make a livelihood and a mission of weeping and pointing and covering their eyes in dramatic flourishes who come out now as third-rate dinner-theatre acts in Hoboken who look like fools for this antic noise they've displayed for these months on end. Time to dump then and find some companionable people to represent us as our political and moral leaders rather than to retain this lot of weeping fools.
Enough of that old cowboy lament: "Poor me, poor me, pour me another drink."