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  • Geert Wilders postpones Australia visit

    From ABC.net.au Australia

    Anti-Islamic Dutch politician Geert Wilders has postponed a visit to Australia because of delays in obtaining a visa, despite today's announcement that his application would be approved.

    Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said he had decided to issue a visa to the controversial MP, declaring Australia's democracy is strong enough to withstand a visit by the "extremist commentator".
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-10-0...-visit/4291444
    The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. Thomas Jefferson.

  • #2
    Good decision. He should be allowed to come here. Irving should have been allowed to come too. Both are pretty vile human beings, but we are (mostly) grownups & can deal with it.
    Human beings are the only creatures on Earth that claim a god and the only living thing that behaves like it hasn't got one - Hunter S. Thompson

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    • #3
      Prudently handled by the Australian government
      Wilders is an agitator who uses anything: to rile against regardless whether the topic is visa policy, immigrants or EU.
      Outright denying him a visa would have given Wilders a cause to agitate.
      Taking the time to decide and issue a visa is not big enough to give him a cause but sends a strong message nevertheless.
      BoRG

      You may not be interested in War, but War is interested in You - Leon Trotski, June 1919.

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      • #4
        You are correct. Making him some sort of martyr on the issue of free speech just plays into his hands. So too will any sort of violent protest. In that respect the timing may actually be good. There was a small riot in Sydney a few weeks back related to that anti-Muslim film. Subsequently Muslim leaders all over Australia worked hard to keep any subsequent reactions small & peaceful. Hopefully this recent practice will pay off, though it is always possible that a small group outside the mainstream may cause a spectacle to bring attention to themselves. Unfortunately agitiators tend to play off each other.
        Human beings are the only creatures on Earth that claim a god and the only living thing that behaves like it hasn't got one - Hunter S. Thompson

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