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Reader comment on item: Why I Stand with Geert Wilders
in response to reader comment: "Colonialism has been a fact of life" true?

Submitted by the Grand Infidel of Kafiristan (Australia), Jan 26, 2010 at 17:38

Myth writes:

"Grand Infidel, let me support Mr.Soetero.......Mr.Soetero has every right to protest colonialism, I also do not want to be colonized."

Of course he has every right to protest. And neither did the native population of North Africa by marauding Islamists from Arabia.The point is though - colonialism is an historical fact. He is lamenting something that occurred over 300 years ago and therefore crying over spilt milk.

" .....Not by better technology,...."

again - just historical fact and a process which you can do little about. The same applied 30,000 years ago when Neanderthals met homo sapiens with spearthrowing implements, when under equipped tribes met the might of the Roman army, the Incas bows and arrows against the muskets of the Spanish.

"....not by english language in business, "

I sympathise - but again - very little can be done about it. Then again - it is good to have standards. When you think about it - having a common internal language is what allows all computers on the Net to communicate. Whether they have Mac or Windows or any other OS - they communicate between each other with a common set of protocols. No subtle nuances to be misunderstood. No delays etc.

"...not by international corporations, "

yes - a definite evil - but have we all stopped buying their products?

".......not by muslim mass immigration."
but that we can do something about - and presents a more clear and present danger than the other points you have mentioned. Plenty of people see the parallels with early Nazism.

"Mr.Soetero has every right to stay whatever he is being an indonesian."
True - and I have every right to say what I do - and to realise that being Indonesian and Muslim, Mr.Soetero has a particular barrow to push

"As for the dutch, the Netherlands together with northern Italy was way ahead of anybody else in Europe around 1600."
Yes - at that time and since the Dutch have been one of the worlds trading superpowers.

" I seriously doubt that Indonesia came in any way close because of the dutch. "
I am not sure what you mean here - close to what? My contention is that given what is now Indonesia with its many natural resources was wide open to conquest 400 years ago - the 'Indonesians' of that time would have been a whole lot worse off had they been colonised by anyone other than the Dutch.


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