Sunday, October 10, 2010

Geert Wilders for Foreign Minister?

The Charlemagne column in The Economist argues that Geert Wilders' attacks on Islam and the Koran are "dangerous stupidity" - but ends by suggesting the Dutch politician, currently on trial for incitement to hatred and discrimination against Muslims, be made a minister:
A better, braver strategy, in some cases, might be to bring far-right leaders into the cabinet, exposing their ideas to reality and their personalities to the public gaze. It may make for tetchy government, but it could also moderate the extremes. So roll the dice and make Mr Wilders foreign minister: for how long could he keep telling the world to ban the Koran?
A strategy that really worked well in Israel with Avigdor Lieberman....

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