Monday, March 31, 2008

"Fitna": of Farce and Fall-out II

A number of mistakes, some of which could well end up in Court, will be keeping Wilders busy for some time to come. Whereas he released the original video on LiveLeak (since removed due to threats) the number of viral copies out in cyberspace in the meanwhile has proliferated. Our own copy - courtesy The Jawa Report - will be replaced whenever we can find a rectified version.

Rapper Salah Edin had himself portrayed like Theo van Gogh's Assassin, Boyeri, the 'rationalisation' for which was to 'prove' that not all Moroccans are like Boyeri. He is now complaining Wilders took his photo for Boyeri's mug shot.

In Indonesia, a group of some 40 hard-liners from the Islamic Defenders Front, known to have rallied violently in the past against Western targets, gathered outside the Dutch embassy in Jakarta on Monday, calling for the death of Geert Wilders for insulting Islam.

Twenty-six member countries of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), which is lobbying for the world-wide criminalization of Islamophobia, have requested the Dutch Foreign Minister to see if legal action against Wilders is possible. A la Lanterne with the bstd!

The Jordanians are also going crescendo over the perceived 'insult': fifty-three MPs signed a petition and presented it to Premier Nader Dahabi, demanding the Dutch ambassador to be expelled and heads ... eh, ties severed.

As if the Muslim world isn't plagued already by any form of dysfunctionality imaginable. Speaking of which, the shrink has outdone herself once again in an insightful posting entitled "Morally Twisted" (in which she compares Palestine and Tibet). But get this:

"The cycle of violence is not simply destined to perpetuate itself - the cycle of violence is reinforced and ever escalating. Dysfunctional behaviors that were unknown or unheard of before have become commonplace. The self destructive behavior of the Palestinians comes about as the result of the integration of exaggerated love and exaggerated hate into a fused single exaggerated emotion. What distinguishes the two becomes no more than a blurred idea. Thus, violence directed at each other is as appropriate as violence directed at the Israelis. This kind of diseased thinking is not just about violence. Even the wildest conspiracy theories, widely welcomed and accepted, become a reflection of a dysfunctional defense mechanism and absurdity."

Following the E.U., NATO and the U.N., also Australia has now condemned "Fitna." "We believe in the right to freedom of expression but we don’t believe in abusing that right to incite racial hatred," Foreign Minister Stephen Smith is reported as saying. All the time we see this willful EQUIVOCATION of religion and race! The imprecision in definitions and ideas are the curse of postmodernism!

It is also Islam itself that frames this debate, tending to collating religion with race. Race suggests a condition one is born into, a given fact, not a matter of choice. Whereas seculars, liberalised Hindus, Jews and Christians have indeed options, Muslims are either converts or are born into the faith. In the latter case, apostacy constitutes a certain death sentence, leading to the notion that one has as little choice over one's race as over one's religion. Be that Islamic problem as may, the postmodern shifting of these definitions warrants careful watching.

An article by Robert Spencer on Pajamas makes clear that Wilders' fifteen minutes of yawn provoking 'incitement' wasn't made casually either. Spencer also refutes the 'lumping' of Islam with violence:

"Islam will soon conquer the West and rule the entire world. No non-Muslims are shown saying this. And that points up the odd myopia of virtually all of the objections to Fitna. It was not Geert Wilders, but the many Muslims he shows in his film, who link Islam with violence. And that link has already been made innumerable times around the world - by Islamic jihad warriors, not by non-Muslim “Islamophobes.”

Apparently it is no one's consideration that the faked hysteria serves an ulterior motive: bullying the world into submitting to Islamic values and tenets, even if alien to the dominant culture. Appeasers galore! We know from Churchill's memoirs that Hitler's pre-war rhetoric was heavily laden with the word 'peace'.

... Pax Germanium or Pax Islamium, whatever ...


EURSOC: "Fitna For Purpose?"

"There is one religio-political agenda which has no compatibility with British democracy; indeed, it is in the process of destroying it. It may be observed that one may attack Christianity and offend Christians by blaspheming the name of Christ with impunity; there is no sensitivity to the level of this offence, and therefore no censorship. But any such attack on Islam and its prophet not only meets with the full force of the law (...) >>>

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