FrontPageMag | Mar. 31, 2008
Even before its official release, Fitna, the new film by Dutch politician Geert Wilders, served to demonstrate the dire threat that radical Islam poses to the West.
Muslim indignation at the film has fueled a phenomenon that has habitually stifled honest discussion about Islamic terror and its origins. When non-Muslims point out that Islamic jihadists commit acts of violence and are inspired to do so by the Qur’an, many non-Muslim and Muslim apologists for jihad, including many who are widely known as “moderates,” respond by claiming that those who point to this truth are committing an act of “hatred,” “bigotry,” “Islamophobia,” and the like. Curiously, these supposed voices of reason have not a word to say about the actual acts of violence and hatred committed by the jihadists — or about the sources that engender them. Rather, the daring voice that reports on these actions is vilified.
Wilders’ film speaks for itself. Quoting Qur’anic verses and Muslims themselves, Fitna clearly demonstrates that Muslims who engage in violence and hatred do so with reference to the Qur’an. In making this clear, Wilder’s film also points the way to a solution to the crisis within the Islamic faith: Only when peaceful Muslims begin to turn their indignation upon the extremists among them, rather than upon Wilders and others critics who speak out against the dangers of Islamic fanaticism and its sources, will there be progress against the spread of jihad ideology and Islamic supremacism within the Muslim world and beyond. Unfortunately, the intolerant reaction to Wilders’ film shows yet again that this is, at best, a dim hope.
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