No, it’s because of Wilders’ forthcoming Qur’an film, Fitna. Now, why would they feel the need to do that? “Dutch raise terror alert over anti-Islam film,” by Stephanie Van Den Berg for Agence France-Presse:
THE HAGUE (AFP) – The international uproar about the planned release of an anti-Islam film by a Dutch far-right MP prompted the Netherlands to raise its terrorism alert level on Thursday.
“While there are no concrete indications of impending attacks in the
Netherlands, the increased international terrorism threat has prompted to raise the threat
level for the Netherlands from ‘limited’ to ‘substantial’,” the justice ministry said.
One of the main reasons for the raising of the alert level is the plan by far
right deputy Geert Wilders to air his short movie — which he says attacks the Koran as a “fascist book” — in March.
“Compounding the threat is the fact that the Netherlands has been cast in a
negative light in the Islamic world due to the tone of the debate on Islam in this country, especially since the announcement of a controversial film on the Koran,” the ministry
The international media attention for Wilders movie “has led to the posting of
death threats against the Freedom Party leader on one of the leading international jihadist
web forums”, according to the national anti-terrorism coordinator NCTb.
The Wilders film has caused uproar in Muslim countries, some of whom have
called for an economic boycott of the Netherlands if the film is shown. Iran, Egypt and
Pakistan all voiced criticism about the film.
In Afghanistan hundreds of protesters took to the streets Wednesday to protest
the film, whilst the Taliban has already vowed revenge against the 1,600 Dutch soldiers
stationed in the country if the movie is shown.