Thursday, May 08, 2008


Fitna means "strife" in Arabic. It's an Islamic theological term chosen by Dutch politician Geert Wilders for his fifteen minute polemic against Islamic terrorism, a product which has drawn the wrath of the thoroughly intolerant Muslim world. It's an odd reaction in a way because Wilders video is largely recycling the propaganda videos Muslims themselves have made to spread their venomous views. Perhaps the most provocative parts show Muslims wailing that they will conquer the world, citing the Koran to justify terror, and urging their brethren to wage the jihad to make it happen. Wilders links those sentiments directly to terrorist attacks in New York and Madrid.

The truth is too painful for the Muslims who responded with death threats, of course. Death fatwas have been made against Wilders, as he expected, as we can all expect. YouTube was too cowardly to carry the video, which was delivered instead on LiveLeak. Death threats against LiveLeak prompted them to withdraw it. After beefing up security for their staff against Muslim thugs, they put it online again.

This violent reaction proves the point of Wilders video, which is that Islam is inherently a violent religion that can not abide Western civilization and seeks to topple it. Wilders concludes:

"For it is not up to me, but Muslims themselves to tear out the hateful verses from the Quran. Muslims want you to make way for Islam but Islam does not make way for you. The government insists you respect Islam but Islam does not respect you. Islam wants to rule, submit, and seeks to destroy our western civilization. In 1945, Nazism was defeated in Europe. In 1989, communism was defeated in Europe. Now, the Islamic ideology has to be defeated. Stop Islamisation. Defend our freedom."
Well said. You can read the Cliff's Notes version of "Fitna" on Wikipedia here. It's worth fifteen minutes of your time to watch Wilders' movie here.



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