Monday, March 03, 2008

Cowardly Dutch Government Considers Banning Geert Wilders’ Anti-Koran Film

THE GUARDIAN: The Dutch government was today examining the legality of banning a film attacking Islam amid fears that it would fan sentiment against the Netherlands in Muslim countries.

The Telegraaf newspaper reported that the coalition government was divided on the film, with the Christian Democrats leaning towards a ban but Labour favouring freedom of expression and calling on Muslim countries to prevent violence against the Netherlands.

The 15-minute film, called Fitna - an Arabic term used in the Qur'an and sometimes translated as "strife" - was made by Geert Wilders, a rightwing politician who leads the nine-member PVV (Freedom) party.

Wilders has argued that there is no such thing as moderate Islam, and has called for a ban of the Qur'an, which he compares to Hitler's Mein Kampf.

"The core of the problem is fascistic Islam, the sick ideology of Allah and Muhammad as it is set out in the Islamic Mein Kampf: the Koran," he wrote in a comment piece for the Volksrant newspaper last year.

Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, the Nato secretary general, has expressed concern about the safety of Nato troops after protests against the film in Afghanistan.

"If the [troops] find themselves in the line of fire because of the film, then I am worried about it and I am expressing that concern," he said in a television interview.

Yesterday, around 1,000 Afghans protested against the republication of a cartoon of the prophet Muhammad in Danish newspapers and Wilders' plan to air the film.

The protesters, mostly religious clerics in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif, demanded the withdrawal of Danish and Dutch troops from Afghanistan.

The Dutch prime minister, Jan Peter Balkenende, warned last week that the Netherlands risked economic sanctions and attacks against its troops because of the film. He stopped short, however, of saying that it should not be broadcast. Dutch government could ban anti-Islam film >>> By Mark Tran and agencies

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John Sobieski said...

It is so pathetic. This is what they are saying - "Don't. The Muslims will hurt us if you insult them." Where does it stop? What is obvious is oblivious.

I just don't get dhimmis. All that crawling and pleading "don't hurt us! It's Wilder's fault! We pleaded with him but did not crawl as we do to you. Please don't hurt us." It is so pathetic.

Mark said...

Hear! Hear!

Anonymous said...

If it;s peaceful and all-inclusive, what have they got to fear from a 15 minute film?
Have they got something to hide?
Something to be ashamed of?
Do they have so little faith in what they believe in that somehow this could upset their apple cart?
What a pathetic bunch the Dutch government is.
Have you noticed how the BBC has not mentioned it once?
Must be good then.
The Internet is too big too stop this.
Even without the film the volume of protest is becoming unbearable.

Mark said...


Exactly! If the religion really were peaceful and noble, they'd have nothing to fear from the film, because they'd know that whatever could be stated in Fitna would not hold water. But we all know that precisely the opposite is the case.

Yes, I have noticed that the BBC doesn't mention such things; and even when it does, it whitewashes everything.

I have also noticed that no newspapers in the UK, and none that I know of in the States, either, have had the courage to print any of the cartoons, or Motoons as they are increasingly called. More shame on the newspapers. More shame on the MSM.

What good is freedom of speech and freedom of expression if you cannot exercise those rights? The whole thing becomes a sham.

Simplydannygirl said...

"Don't. The Muslims will hurt us if you insult them."

But doesn't the Muslims want hurt you and all the West away? If you say anything against Muslims you will then "reap Muslim wrath". But what did anyone say in 9/11, Beslan Chechnya as they blew 365 children, or Madrid Spain, and Bali Indonesia. Seems one would "reap Muslim Wrath" for just not submitting to Islam any way.


Anonymous said...

The Dutch VOC? First read about that and than you can talk about it.

Anonymous said...

Please people, if you don't know the whole story, better not to speak about it.

The Dutch have Colonised (what is now called) Indonesia for over more than 400 years, VOC. They went ( as did the English and the Portuguese) to Islamic countries and took the land and his people as if it was there own. They tried to bring the people into confusion by sending Missionaries, hoping that they would forget the Islam.

The Muslims who now live in the Netherlands, are Muslims from (mostly) Morocco and Turkey. Muslims from Indonesia are (mostly) Javanese, who have a totally (the greater part) different mentality than the people from Morocco and Turkey.

I do admit that a lot of the people who now are living in the Netherlands, don't have good manners and do not give the right vision of what is ment to be a good Muslim. The people who are screaming the loudest, are mostly the ones who are Muslim only by name.

For me personally......

I think Wilders just needs some attention, a big cuddle because the way he is acting, looks like he didn't get enough love and attention from his parents. He doesn't know what he is talking about. His wife's maiden name is Marfai (Islamic origin), so that says a lot about him also. The movie is just B.S., How can he say that me and my lifestyle are totally Sh*T, while they where the ones who have stolen everything from my country and left us with nothing. Let him make his movie, this will just show how A-Social the Netherlands are (looking at there own background). Why do you think Indonesia isn't jumping Up and Down about it, because we keep the honor to ourselves. Indonesia is the only country in the world that has rebuild itself after the Colonizations and didn't ask any money from other countries for it.

Make peace not War!