- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 7, 2015

Dutch politician Geert Wilders says he wants to stage a parliamentary exhibition of the same Muhammad cartoons that sparked the attack in Garland, Texas, on Sunday that left two suspected jihadis dead.

“I am going to request parliament to exhibit the same cartoons as those that were displayed in Garland,” Mr. Wilders, who was a keynote speaker at the event and had left before the attack, told the Agence France-Presse on Wednesday.

Mr. Wilders, whose Freedom Party (PVV) is the fourth-largest in the Dutch parliament, rejected the idea that such an exhibition would be provocative.

“I don’t want to provoke, but at the same time we must show that we’re standing for freedom of speech,” he said.

A Garland police officer on Sunday shot and killed two gunmen who opened fire outside the Muhammad-drawing contest, organized by Pamela Geller’s American Freedom Defense Initiative, held at the Curtis Culwell Center. An off-duty cop working as a security guard was shot in the ankle and is expected to fully recover.

In an interview with Fox News, Mr. Wilders said he believed Sunday’s attack was only the beginning of an all-out war on Western ideals.

“I always said that what has happened in Europe will also happen in America if you don’t stop Islam,” he said. “I fear you haven’t seen anything yet.”

Mr. Wilders, who has been outspoken about his views against radical Islam, has had 24-hour armed protection since an anti-Islam Dutch filmmaker, Theo van Gogh, was stabbed to death by an extremist in 2004, Fox News reported.


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