Dutch Businesses Considering Lawsuit Against Geert Wilders
Although we often talk about "the West" as if westerners share the same values, and though many westerners pay lip service to freedom, it's times like these that we're reminded that real, legally-recognized freedom of speech is pretty much an American thing:
THE HAGUE: Dutch businesses warned on Saturday that they would consider suing far-right lawmaker Geert Wilders if his anti-Islam film led to a commercial boycott of Dutch goods, while police said cars were set ablaze and graffiti called for Wilders to be killed. “A boycott would hurt Dutch exports. Businesses such as Shell, Philips, and Unilever are easily identifiable as Dutch companies. I don’t know if Wilders is rich, or well-insured, but in case of a boycott, we would look to see if we could make him bear responsibility,” Bernard Wientjes, the chairman of the Dutch employers’ organisation VNO-NCW, told the Het Financieel Dagblad newspaper.