In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris, the Moroccan-born mayor of a Dutch city delivered a compelling message on live television to fellow Muslims who don’t appreciate the “freedoms” of living in the west: “Pack your bags and f*** off.”
A British newspaper reports the story this week that includes a video of the incredible broadcast unlikely to be covered by the ultra-politically correct mainstream media in the United States. It features the Muslim mayor of Rotterdam, the Netherlands’ second-largest city, blasting Muslims who don’t appreciate all the great perks of living in the west. The delivery is in Dutch but includes English subtitles, making it convenient for government officials in the U.S. to understand it.
The courageous politician’s name is Ahmed Aboutaleb and in 2008 he became the Netherland’s first immigrant mayor. Aboutaleb, a former journalist and the son of an imam, arrived in the Netherlands when he was 15, according to the news report. He was so outraged by the savage terrorist attacks in France that he hit the airwaves just hours after it was executed to lambast Muslim extremists. “It is incomprehensible that you can turn against freedom,” Mayor Aboutaleb tells Muslims during the broadcast. “But if you don’t like freedom, for heaven’s sake pack your bags and leave. If you do not like it here because some humorists you don’t like are making a newspaper, may I then say you can f*** off.”
He proceeds to label the attacks stupid and incomprehensible before calling on Muslim extremists to vanish from the Netherlands if they cannot find their place there. “All those well-meaning Muslims here will now be stared at,” the mayor says. In a media interview shortly after becoming mayor, Aboutaleb sent another message to immigrants: “Stop seeing yourself as victims, and if you don’t want to integrate, leave.” At least one western European official, London Mayor Boris Johnson, publicly hailed Aboutleb this week, calling him a “hero” and the “voice of the Enlightenment, of Voltaire.”
It’s highly unlikely we’ll hear a similar endorsement from the Obama administration, which instead has caved into the demands of radical Muslim groups in the U.S. In fact, Judicial Watch published a special report documenting how extremist groups got the U.S. government to purge law enforcement training material deemed “offensive” to Muslims. Leading the effort was the terrorist front organization Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), founded Middle Eastern extremists (Omar Ahmad, Nihad Awad and Rafeeq Jaber) who ran the American propaganda wing of Hamas, known then as the Islamic Association for Palestine. In 2008 CAIR was a con-conspirator in a federal terror-finance case involving the Hamas front group Holy Land Foundation. Read more in a separate JW special report that focuses on Muslim charities.
Supporting the theory that the Obama administration would never dare side with Rotterdam’s mayor on this issue is the fact that it even refuses to call the Al Qaeda operatives who terrorized Paris radical Islamists. Challenged by a reporter at yesterday’s White House press briefing, Obama’s press secretary rejected a “radical Islam” label for the terrorists. The reporter asked why the administration has refused to join French President Francois Hollande in saying “we’re at war with radical Islam.” Instead, the reporter pointed out, the administration has chosen a “formulation” that says the U.S. wants to “capture individuals who commit violence based on their warped view of Islam” rather than “radical Islam.” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest explained that the terrorists “would like to cloak themselves in the veil of a particular religion” but their actions are “entirely inconsistent with Islam.”