06 juni, 2009

The usual suspects

De connecties van Wilders:
Despite his controversial reputation, Wilders is held in high esteem by American conservatives. When he toured the United States last February, IPS News reported that “his chief sponsors during the trip have primarily been neoconservative organisations such as Frank Gaffney’s Centre for Security Policy, David Horowitz’s Freedom Centre, and Daniel Pipes’s Middle East Forum, which is also helping to raise money for Wilders’s legal defence. An event he held at a Boston-area synagogue was sponsored by the Republican Jewish Coalition, an influential group whose board members include casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, and neoconservative writer David Frum.”

“He also appeared on Bill O’Reilly’s and Glenn Beck’s popular right-wing TV shows,” IPS continued, “met privately with the Wall Street Journal editorial board, and hobnobbed with former U.N. ambassador John Bolton at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).”

More recently, it was reported that a hotel in Nashville, TN had canceled the booking for an “Understand the Jihad” conference — which was to have been held a week ago with Wilders as the keynote speaker — on grounds of safety concerns.

The conference was sponsored by Rebecca Bynum of the New English Review, who writes on such topics as the threat posed by Kurdish and Somali refugees settling in Nashville and establishing Girl Scout and Boy Scout troups as “indoctrination centers for Muslim youth.” In the wake of the cancellation, Bynum’s website posted a statement claiming that the hotel had “succumbed to intimidation.”

Met deze vriendenkring kun je natuurlijk niet zeggen "despite his controversial reputation" maar moet je zeggen "thanks to". En de aanduidingen "conservatieven" voor deze types klopt natuurlijk ook niet. Neoconservatieven zijn geen conservatieven.

Het gehele rauwe verhaal.

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