"That might be true," says Geert Wilders about the possibility that he has lost his freedom for the rest of his life, "and if so is a very sad conclusion. I wouldn't wish my worst political enemy not to be free. But I have no regrets. I have to pay a high price for the fight for freedom, but it's worth it because if I and others in the world don't fight against the ideology of hate and submission, we will all lose our freedom." His remarks came on the day before the man who may become the Netherlands' next prime minister goes to trial for criticizing Islam.
Wilders has lately been spending his days and nights with his lawyer preparing for a courtroom battle in the homeland of Spinoza. Human Rights Service asked him if he would be willing to conduct an interview by email, and he replied in the affirmative. But he added that because of the time pressures he is under, "it would help if it's not too long" and asked that we send "just a few questions."
The whole world will have its eyes on Amsterdam when Wilders, Europe's most persecuted man, goes to trial this week. The trial will make world history, since no leading politician in modern European history, as far as we know, has been prosecuted for hateful and insulting remarks about a religion, its allegedly holy book, and its adherents.