Skip to comments.Have You Read Marked by Death by Geert Wilder?
Posted on 10/15/2012 5:40:36 PM PDT by Chickensoup
5.0 out of 5 stars We Must Stop Shooting The Messengers,
It's a bit hard to quickly review this book without coming across as overtly bigoted, or staunchly judgmental (which I'm not), so I won't bother commenting much on the underlying themes presented within. Instead, I thought I'd try and detail why Geert Wilders message is an important example of how "politically correct" dogma has run amok in our society, and as a result of our collective rush to hyper-sensitivity the author suffered from mistaken identity. He has been wrongly overlooked, marginalized, tarred, feathered, and poorly assessed by so many.
To begin, I only read this book after arguing against his politics with a few friends, having already prejudged Geert Wilders as a xenophobic, far-right bigot. I heard about Wilders as result of some sensationalist headlines, and was lazy enough to accept the media's word as the bottom line. So I judged him on a few sound bytes and wrote him off as a hate monger. Needless to say I was absolutely wrong.
The message within "Marked For Death" is provocative, granted, but even with such a touchy and sensitive subject matter, once you can suspend the instinctive pull towards our culturally plural conditioning and look deeply at the nuanced and detailed message he makes regarding fundamentalist Islamic teachings and practices, his message is not at all bigoted. In fact this book ends up merely a practical assessment of certain problems prevalent within some minority Islamic sects, and how they are -by very nature- diametrically and violently opposed to our western ideals. Marked For Death really is an important critical assessment of traditionalist Islam that should spark reasonable and qualitative debate, especially considering the headlines of today.
The problem Geert Wilders has comes from being foolish enough to speak out on such things. He is carrying a critically important message that he knew full well would cause great personal sufferance. Since his rise in Dutch politics he's taken many proverbial bullets for merely speaking out against a subculture of Moslem ideologues who truly are filled with hatred and totalitarian ideals. Because of this bravery he actually was marked for death from those he speaks against; but more insidiously, he has been viciously reviled, maligned, and his message summarily excluded from debate by the very people he's trying so hard to warn. That is so very wrong, on so very many levels. This topic should be a very relevant discussion to all of us, so why do we shoot the messenger?
You see, it's not that his message is isolationist or bigoted at all. The problem is that the western world is now so hyper-sensitized to protect it's "cultural plurality" at all costs that our judgement comes automatically, preempting any careful analysis of facts, sometimes in place of facts. This is an objective failing, created and fueled by the implementation of politically correct boundaries that are both impractical and outright dangerous. Such willful ignorance allows that we might overlook problems and an ethnocentric ideology that should be dead easy to spot and even easier to disengage from or otherwise classify as dangerous and incendiary. In short, this man has a worthy point that should induce pragmatic thoughtful debate, and not lead to the summary judgments we see now, judgments that only serve to shut down thoughtful consideration, and as a result help the very cause of a hateful and violent perversion of religion.
I'll even go slightly further: People of a western political/philosophical leaning almost always reach for the "politically correct", pluralistic pull cord, even in the face of cold hard facts, and even at the expense of objective reality. We have been conditioned to feel repulsed at the slightest possibility of being seen as bigots or isolationists, enough that we can rather easily lose necessary practical focus, thereby making excuses for obvious and ridiculous behavioral patterns that would otherwise be noted and called to task. All "Marked For Death" does (effectively) is to peel away this unrealistic layer of paranoid self-censorship, and show some rather harsh realities regarding Islamic ideology, followed by mountains of inarguable evidence, precedence, and detailed Qur'anic study. Mr. Wilder's message is effectively marginalized by the west because of our fantastical appeal to ignore reality in favor of "cultural sensitivity", and that is just not acceptable anymore. I'd even suggest it's a dangerous credo to continue entertaining in our society. And here's an interesting fact; when excessive zealotry towards culturally pluralistic illusions is properly analyzed, it actually shows a distinct pattern. It shows a progressive denial of some important logical perceptions (reason, perspective, co-relation to causation, probability, e.t.c...). It's enough that it mimics all the hallmarks of pathological delusional behavior.
To conclude, this book is well written and illuminates some very obvious negative results, esoteric principles of radicalized Islam that will always lead Moslem fanatics to exhibit barbaric and contrary actions. Read objectively, you will find nothing within the pages of this book that is unqualified, and most of the details are based upon an enormous quantity of relate-able evidence. Marked For Death is 100% worth the purchase along with hours of study.
Any Freepers read this book yet?
I would be interested to hear your opinions.
Found two interviews at this URL at the bottom of the article. Very interesting and incisive.
I’ve ordered it as a Christmas read. I’m a big fan of Mr. Wilders, and would like to see him take the next Dutch election by storm. He’s an inspiration in a sea of scum. A modern day Charles ‘The Hammer’ Martel.
Have not read it yet, looking forward to doing so.
I know I am not alone, but damn haven’t we all being
saying that the pathetic pc nonsense would sink us?
Worth the read and the Amazon reviews are a good prep.
I boughtit, read it and highly recommend it.
He intertwines his prison like existence with the truth about the threat of Islam to western civilization. A man of principles who has sacrificed his freedom to speak the truth about the threat to freedom posed by the Islamic barbaric hoards in Europe. He does an excellent job of utterly destroying the disease of “multiculturalism” that will consume Europe.
It is written in a fashion that is easy to read, is understandable and relates to the reader, unlike most books written by politicians.
Two other books I would recommend are:
1- Allah is Dead. Why Islam is not a Religion by Rebecca Bynum
2- Did Muhammad Exist? by Robert Spencer
An extra book, on the subject, I’d recommend, especially if you lke first person accounts of their real experience with Islam, immigration to Europe and dealing with the soft facism called multiculturalism and breaking free from the barbarism called Islam, is:
Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
I have read it, remarkable book.
We are are at the beginning of something big.
Encouraging. There are 7 pages of positive reviews at Amazon, and only two negative ones, which call him a Nazi. I would have expected a lot more libs to try to skew the reviews, not to speak of Muzzies.
People might consider going to the Amazon link and voting “Yes” to all the reviews, except for those two one-star reviews, which deserve “No” votes.
Next I asked my British and French friends about him. They both said he was the modern day Churchill. Churchill warned about Hitler long before he started his destructive behavior. Churchill was right about Hitler and they think Wilder is right about Europe and the muslims. According to my French and British friends, Wilder was a fringe character but he is now middle of the road.
I need to get my eyes checked. When I first saw the title, I thought it siad “Have You Been Marked For Death by Gene Wilder?”
Very true and after reading her book and Geert’s I have the utmost respect for both of them. If only we had more politicians like them in the US.
We need more Allen Wests running for office in our country.
Wilder is a man of great courage.
get your eyes checked and read the book.
Mark Steyn wrote the forward and it is as thoughtful a work about standing together and the costs of fighting back against evil. We either all stand with Wilder and Steyn or we perish.
Never heard of this until now. Thanks for the heads up.
Good book, clear writer, terrifying subject matter.
Like the 2016 film about Hussein, all of a sudden it makes things not understood or issues that seemed sensless - clear.