Check out this absolutely brilliant speech by the outspoken Dutch legislator / filmmaker:
…there is a danger even greater than terrorist attacks: the scenario of America as the last man standing.
I.e., the prescient Mark Steyn meme, in this case with the authority of one who is living it on the ground. Or, in light of the financial crisis, an America brought to its knees involuntarily and for all the wrong reasons when it should have gone there voluntarily, reverently and much much sooner. Wilders continues:
The lights may go out in Europe faster than you can imagine. An Islamic Europe means a Europe without freedom and democracy, an economic wasteland, an intellectual nightmare, and a loss of military might for America – as its allies will turn into enemies, enemies with atomic bombs. With an Islamic Europe, it would be up to America alone to preserve the heritage of Rome, Athens and Jerusalem.
Dear friends, liberty is the most precious of gifts. My generation never had to fight for this freedom, it was offered to us on a silver platter, by people who fought for it with their lives. All throughout Europe American cemeteries remind us of the young boys who never made it home, and whose memory we cherish. My generation does not own this freedom; we are merely its custodians. We can only hand over this hard won liberty to Europe’s children in the same state in which it was offered to us. We cannot strike a deal with mullahs and imams. Future generations would never forgive us. We cannot squander our liberties. We simply do not have the right to do so.
This is not the first time our civilization is under threat. We have seen dangers before. We have been betrayed by our elites before. They have sided with our enemies before. And yet, then, freedom prevailed.
This brief excerpt does not do begin to do it justice. Read the whole thing.