Friday, February 13, 2009

The UK & long tradition of appeasement

Freedom of speech is being curtailed in the UK to appease Muslims:

A Dutch lawmaker [Geert Wilders] barred from Britain because of his anti-Islamic views said Thursday he had been detained at London's Heathrow Airport and would be returned home.

The British government had warned Wilders he was not welcome because he posed a threat to "community harmony and therefore public security." A letter from the British Embassy in the Netherlands this week informed him he would not be allowed into the United Kingdom.

Wilders criticized the travel ban as an attempt to stifle freedom of speech, and traveled to Britain anyway.

He said he had no regrets about the trip, attacking what he called "the cowards in the U.K. government," and accusing British Prime Minister Gordon Brown of having a servile attitude toward Islam.

No wonder though: the UK has a long record of appeasement policies.

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