Yesterday, I met a Dutch traveler who “agreed with some of Geert Wilders’ points” but maybe not his articulation of them, specifically allowing Muslims into the Netherlands, but also remaining united with the European Union. I listened, asked questions, and brought up some points:
- Perpetrators of terror attacks in Europe are usually from Europe.
- Economic benefits of EU member states are only part of being in a union.
But there is no changing people’s minds through coercion or argument. Maybe with other respectful conversations he and others like him will see that isolationism and fear will not help us.