Monday, March 31, 2008

Having a fit over "Fitna"

“Fitna” is the title of a video created by a Dutch politician named Geert Wilders. The video is posted on file sharing sites, such as YouTube, Google and initially LiveLeaks (it was pulled off the site this weekend due to serious threats against staff.) The short film is critical of Islamism. So you can guess what the reaction to it has been; wild rantings about how unfair it is, calls for Mr. Wilders death, etc., etc., ad nauseum.

The Muslim nations have of course taken the Dutch government to task and demanded apologies, even though Mr. Wilders acted as a free citizen exercising his freedom of expression.

Having viewed the video it is difficult to understand what the complaint is. It seems that everything displayed is factual. Islamist did indeed destroy the World Trade Center. They did bomb the trains in Spain. They did blow up buses in London. They did decapitate Nick Berg. They did murder Theo van Gogh. They do have spiritual leaders calling for the extermination of the Jews. They do call for the destruction of the West. This is clearly a piece of anti-Islamist propaganda, but should the West stand idly by and allow a crazed fringe of Islam to destroy us?

I am certain that someone could find passages in the Bible that are equally as disturbing as those lifted from the Koran in the film. However, it would be difficult to find the images of Christians committing mass murder in the name of religion, and of respected Christian theologians calling for the death of all Muslims.

Mr. Wilders claims to be an atheist, so it is fair to assume that his problem is not one of his beliefs are better than another. But, that he truly fears the threat that the Islamist present to the Netherlands, Europe and the West as a whole.

It is time for those of us who appreciate our democracy and freedoms to stop being politically correct, and to speak out when we know something is clearly wrong. Our enemies do not respect our culture, why must we respect theirs?

End of rant.

ADDED: Henryk Broder writing in SpiegelOnline seems to share my views. Geert Wilders Is No Right-Wing Populist

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