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Readers are sending the Liveleak English version of Geert Wilders’ Fitna, which has just been posted. (Be patient, may be a little slow to load.) It’s 15 minutes with scenes of jihad interlaced with quotes from the Koran. We are reminded of 9/11, Madrid, the murder of Theo van Gogh, and the threats to Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s life.
The film ends not with any blasphemous image of Mohammed, but with an image of a hand about to tear out the murderous verses of the Koran and a sound effect of tearing (with a caption explaining that the sound was actually the sound of a page being torn from a phonebook).
Prepare for more March Madness. I don’t know what “solidarity” is in Dutch, but show it by embedding the video, e-mailing it, and writing about it. Their fight for the right to criticize the Religion of Perpetual Outrage is our fight.
Lan astaslem: Arabic for “I will not submit/surrender”
Update: Liveleak speaks!
Update: Some have been able to upload “Fitna” to YouTube; it’s been yanked in some places, hidden behind the 18-or-older wall in others.
Update: There is supposedly “restraint” and anger following the release of “Fitna.” We’ll see how “restrained” the Religion of Perpetual Outrage is after the mosques let out tomorrow:
In a short statement delivered both in Dutch and in English, Mr Balkende said the Government “regrets” that Wilders released his 17-minute movie on the internet, as he had been vowing to do.
“We believe it serves no purpose other than to offend,” he said.
“But feeling offended must never be used as an excuse for aggression and threats.”
The Prime Minister said the Government felt heartened “by the initial restrained reaction by Dutch Muslim organisations”.
In initial reactions, those organisations seemed relieved that Wilders’ film – which mixed violent images of terror attacks with Koranic texts – were not as bad as expected.