March 29, 2008

"Fitna"

"Fitna", the film by Geert Wilders, (via LGF and Live Leak) has a fair amount of graphic video of the carnage of Islamist terror, but the pre-release indignation about its supposed hatefulness and inflammatory nature seems overblown. This is pretty much radical Islam in its own words - quoting the Quran and modern Islamic leaders - and those of the mostly European newspaper headlines which are also featured as narrative. It's a political statement by a politician, and one which likely reflects the concerns of a good sized cohort of citizens, in the Netherlands and elsewhere.

This is not to say the film lacks the capacity to shock. Audio of phone calls from doomed World Trade Center workers and the blood-curdling shrieks of a man having his head hacked off with a saw don't lose their punch with the passage of time. Set to the musical background of the somber "Death of Aase" from Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite, Wilders documents the words and deeds of the radicals with very little editorial comment...till the very end, where he appeals to "stop Islamisation" and "defend our freedom."

It's obviously his premise that Europe must do the former if it is to be able to do the latter. Let the debate begin.

Hot Air reported that Live Leak had pulled "Fitna" after receiving "serious threats", but as of now it is up and working.

Posted by dan at March 29, 2008 9:46 PM