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Submitted by Charles Reinderhoff (Netherlands), Apr 4, 2014 at 06:12

Thank you for your comments Mike. And your support of Mr Wilders. His aim is true, and above all, he has a great love for democracy and liberty. Anyone who had read his book 'Marked for death' can only reach one conclusion: Mr Wilders is a true believer and defender of freedom. Freedom of thought and freedom of speech. That defines him as a politician and as a man.

I would make one point on your remarks regarding islamic fundamentalism in the Netherlands. It is not specifically this point which Mr Wilders referred to, when he made his statements regarding Morroccan immigrants. His point was, that within the Morroccan communties in the Netherlands, there seems to be an attitude, that the mainly and purely day to day criminal activities of Morroccan youth (between the age of 8[!] to 28 years), is regarded as NOT their problem, but more a problem of Dutch society! This ofcourse is as ludicrous as it is ridiculous.

The real reason for so many Morroccan youth to derail, lays explicitly within the Morroccan community! To be more precise: within the specific upbringing within Morroccan families. Many Morroccan fathers use violence and brute force on their childeren, especially their sons. These boys are born in the Netherlands and pretty soon see the freedom and liberty other boys of Dutch descent enjoy. They watch all this and more, and also look for such a life. This however, is more often then not, forbidden by their stern and strict fathers, who, when not listened to, will try to instill fear and discipline in their sons through violence. Of course, this will result in a rising resistance and revolt with these youths.

They then seek their own 'freedom' on the streets, teaming up in gangs, descending on a path of criminality and violence. Islam and fundamentalism has nothing to do with it really. Its more a cultural thing, whereby many parents in islamic societies, through the ages, have a specific way of bringing up their children. Of course, the strict islamic and authoritarian background of these youths still lingers, and things like inborn jew hatred and discrimination of women and homosexuals is rife among them. This potent mix of hate and frustration is what Mr Wilders is talking about, when he says that some Morroccans must leave the country, as Dutch authorities are not able to correct this situation, as it only is getting worse. Some of these people will never be able to assimilate in the (very) liberal Dutch society.

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