FITNA, the movieAs I am sure many of you have heard already, the movie FITNA by Dutch MP Geert Wilders was released this evening on LiveLeak. I have had very little luck watching it directly on LiveLeak and a bit more luck watching it on Little Green Footballs (with a high speed, broadband line, albeit not as fast as many of you have in the US, for example). So I am going to embed it here in the hope that it will make it easier for some of you to watch it. Here's a brief description of the movie from Al-AP:
Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders released a film critical of Islam on Thursday, setting verses of the Koran against a background of images from terrorist attacks.I should warn you that the film includes some graphic images including footage of people jumping out of the World Trade Center on 9/11 that have been suppressed by the mainstream media. The movie includes many references to Jews, but it is not just about Jews. It's about the danger that Islam poses to all of us.
The 15-minute film was posted on a Web site. Shortly afterward Dutch television channels rebroadcast segments of it.
The Dutch government had warned Wilders the film could spark violent protests in Islamic countries, like those two years ago after the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
"The film equates Islam with violence. We reject this," Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende said in a televised reaction.
"We...regret that Mr. Wilders has released this film. We believe it serves no other purpose than to cause offense."
Initially, Dutch television refused to broadcast it and Wilders had difficulty finding an Internet platform.
The film showed statements from radical clerics and cited Koranic verses interspersed with images from attacks, beginning with the September 11, 2001, assault in the United States, the 2004 attack in Spain, and the murder later in 2004 of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh.
It began and ended with one of the cartoons portraying Muhammad. Then there came the sound of a page being torn.
Subtitles assured the viewer it was a page from a telephone book, because "it's not up to me, but the Muslims to tear the hate-sowing pages out of the Koran."
After the release, Wilders told reporters he made the film, called Fitna, because "Islam and the Koran are dangers to the preservation of freedom in the Netherlands in the long term, and I have to warn people of that."
"It's five minutes before midnight and this is the last warning as far as I'm concerned," he said.
Early reactions to the film from were muted.
Here's the video.