Minorities groups said today they would now take the case against Geert Wilders to the United Nations Human Rights Committee, arguing this morning's court ruling meant the Netherlands had failed to protect ethnic minorities from discrimination.
Their fury followed Mr Wilders' acquittal on all charges of inciting hatred against Muslims after he described Islam as fascist and compared the Quran to Hitler's Mein Kampf. Amsterdam judge Marcel van Oosten accepted the Freedom Party leader's statements were directed at Islam and not at Muslim believers. They were, therefore the judge ruled, "acceptable within the context of public debate".
Often pleasure can be gained from the simplest of things. A weekend breakfast treat I have enjoyed for most of my life is a soft boiled egg together with, what most people refer to as “soldiers”, but which my mother always called “dip fingers”, that is to say buttered toast, or sometimes bread, cut into finger like strips which can be dipped into the soft yellow yolk.
Personally I find the best results are achieved if you part boil the egg and then coddle it in hot water. To do this I bring the water to the boil, carefully drop the egg in to it, and leave it to to boil at full heat for one minute, before turning the heat off and allowing the egg to rest (coddle) in the hot water for between five and eight minutes depending upon the size of the egg and how runny or not one likes the yoke to be. For my taste a five minutes and ten second coddle produces a perfect egg, whereas my husband, who I suspect, as a teenager, may have been scared by Edwina Currie prefers a firmer yolk, so his eggs receive a seven minute coddle.
The media feeding frenzy in America over the release of 24,000 e-mails written by Sarah Palin during her period as governor of Alaska has certainly been unedifying.
At a time when the US economy is on the brink of going into free fall, where the true level of unemployment is at least twice the official figure of 9.1% and the country, not unlike our own, has been getting involved in some very unwise conflicts in the Middle East, the American News media is scurrying to Alaska in order to search through thousands of pages in the hope of finding something .... anything ... which they can use to either mock Mrs. Palin, or, if they strike gold, to prove she is a bad person.
As I indicated in a series of essays I wrote earlier this year, entitled Genocide by Stealth, when evil forces set out to erase or “ethnically cleanse” a race of people it is not always necessary to use gas chambers, armies or weapons of mass destruction. There are other more subtle and gradual means by which an ethnic group can, by a mixture cajoling and encouragement, be made to shift, inch by inch towards the precipice beyond the rim of which lies their destruction.
Although all genocide is evil, genocide by stealth, albeit less bloody in the immediate sense, requires true malevolence to carry it off. For it is a crime not committed in hot blood but in cold, and it is committed over a protracted period which may take many decades to complete. Also, unlike most other genocides, the perpetrators of genocide by stealth, clearly do not consider their victims to be a threat to them, neither do they have cause for any personal desire for revenge, which might explain, if not excuse what they do. It is genocide committed merely for the sake of an agenda.
I began writing this article a few weeks back shortly after the local government elections on May the 5th . As everyone in Britain knows, those were elections which saw significant success for the Tories and some success for Labour too, except in Scotland, where a Scottish party, calling themselves “Nationalist”, but which welcomes multiculturalism to the point where it will surely destroy all dreams of a true Scotland, scored a massive and unexpected triumph.
All other parties suffered varying degrees of defeat.
In the wake of that further affirmation of what seemed like a national death wish, I sat down and wrote the following:
I am going to start this article by believing the premise that a team of US army SEALS, acting under president Obama’s specific instructions, did indeed raid a compound in Pakistan last Monday and shot the world’s most wanted terrorist, when the elderly invalid was unarmed and eminently capturable.
I am going to accept that the soldiers took photographs of the corpse, to prove he was dead but that these were later considered too gruesome to release, because they might antagonise his supporters even more than their tender sensibilities might be inflamed by widely circulated film of Infidel youth celebrating the assassination of an unarmed middle aged cleric. (what other explanation could there be?!)