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Aboutaleb another important politician

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Submitted by myth (Germany), Aug 12, 2018 at 06:15

Malcolm, thanks for pointing out Aboutaleb's exceptional position. I see him as one of the most important politicians in Europe. He and Wilders share several core perspectives.

Both, Aboutaleb and Wilders recognise there are lots of immigrants. They won't leave. They are culturally isolated from the host population. There are serious problems. Islam plays an essential role.

Mainstream politics on the other hand have another perception: Immigrants are but a small minority. They will eventually leave. The host culture will integrate them. All problems are incidental and by nature distinct from immigration. Islam is a negligible factor.

Wilders' fight focuses on his country's border in defense of his country. Aboutaleb stands in the center of multi-ethnic Rotterdam. Given the diversity of Rotterdam's population, Aboutaleb chose not to defend any number of minority rights. He understands that Dutch culture alone will serve as the one common denominator to bind all those groups.

Aboutaleb provides an example how an immigrant can represent and enforce the host culture rather than apply for special treatment.


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