After several months of uncertainty, the Dutch politician Geert Wilders’ anti-Islam film Fitna was released via Liveleak earlier today. So far, the Dutch-language version of the film has received over 1.6million views, with the English-language version trailing with a paltry 780,000 views. I would imagine that the efforts of many – including the Dutch government and the hosts of Fitna’s English-language website – to censor the film, have in fact served to raise awareness of it. Although, I must add that if Wilders had not dedicated his life to resisting the Islamification of his country, then he might well have had an excellent career in promotions…
The film itself is below. I must say that there is very little there for Muslims to get wound up about: it consists primarily of quotations from their holy book, together with footage of the actions and statements of their coreligionists. If the “vast majority of moderate Muslims” feel that Islam is being misrepresented, then they should take that up with the Imams and other Muslims shown, rather than with Wilders. But no doubt they will instead prefer to cry “Islamophobia”, and will demonstrate that Islam is a Religion of Peace by once again calling for Wilders to be killed.
For my own part, I have to say that the film contained practically nothing that was new to me, although this may not be true for those who are less assiduous followers of the news than those of us who inhabit the blogosphere. I did feel, however, that the film had a certain power. But I will leave that for you to judge. In any event, I am delighted that the film has been released, and that the efforts to censor it have been soundly defeated.
Anyway, without more ado, here is Fitna (please note that, as is made clear at the start of the film, some of the images used are pretty explicit):