Friday, March 28, 2008

Dutch Fear Anger As Anti-Koran Film Hits Web

The Netherlands government tried to defuse Muslim anger after the release of a film by a Dutch lawmaker that accuses the Koran of inciting violence and shows an image of the Prophet Mohammad primed to explode.

Islam critic Geert Wilders launched his movie on Thursday evening. Titled "Fitna", a Koranic term sometimes translated as "strife", it intersperses images of the September 11, 2001 attacks and other Islamist bombings with quotations from the Koran.

The film warns that the rising number of Muslims in the Netherlands and the rest of Europe threatens democratic societies. It urges Muslims to tear out "hate-filled" verses from the Koran.

After the caption "The Netherlands in the future?" the film shows images of gay men being executed, children with bloody faces, a woman being stoned and genital mutilation. It concludes with a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad with a bomb under his turban, originally published in Danish newspapers, accompanied by the sound of ticking.

The Dutch government has distanced itself from Wilders’ views, hoping to avert the kind of Muslim backlash Denmark suffered in 2006 over cartoons of Mohammad.

Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende said he hoped there would not be a violent reaction to the film. "We believe it serves no purpose other than to cause offence," Balkenende said. "But feeling offended should never be used as an excuse for aggression and threats."

He said the Netherlands was in contact with Muslim countries and Dutch exporters and that he was heartened by the initial restraint of Dutch Muslims.

PROTESTS

Before the film’s release, demonstrators had already taken to the streets from Afghanistan to Indonesia to burn Dutch and Danish flags, and the governments of Pakistan and Iran sharply criticised the project.

NATO has expressed concern the film could worsen security for foreign forces in Afghanistan, including 1,650 Dutch troops.

Brahim Bourzik, a spokesman for a Dutch Moroccan group, said mosques would open their doors to the public on Friday in an effort to defuse tension.

A court in Rotterdam is due to hear an injunction against Wilders on Friday brought by the Dutch Islamic Federation. The politician said on Thursday the film did not break any laws.

Wilders has been under heavy guard because of Islamist death threats since the 2004 murder of Dutch director Theo van Gogh after he made a film critical of Islam’s treatment of women. His killing by a Dutch-Moroccan militant triggered a wave of unrest in the Netherlands, home to almost 1 million Muslims out of a population of 16 million. Mosques, churches and Muslim schools were firebombed.

Earlier this month, Dutch security officials raised the national risk level to "substantial" because of the Wilders film and perceptions of an increased al Qaeda threat. They also asked all Dutch politicians to register their public appearances.

Dutch exporters have expressed fears of a possible boycott in the Muslim world, though trade with such countries makes up only a few percentage points of total exports. There is also concern for 25,000 Dutch citizens living in Muslim countries. (Reuters)
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11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the problem. Fear of Muslim violence, just as fear of violence by Black extremists in the USA has pralaysed governments and citizens.We bend over backwards to accomodate these people so that our property and chattals do not get destroyed and so they go further and further. Governments have to be strong minded and wise-while not encouraging provocation, they can do a lot more than transmit this fear to the general populace by doing nothing to curb entremism from the Islamists.

4:32 PM GMT+8  
Blogger gomon said...

I'm sick of these hypocritical shits who professed human rights while at the same time it's ok to derogate other people's faith...read history and have a critical mind for once...see whose acts throughout history that had and is still shedding the blood of innocents all over the world...READ MY LIPS...THE REAL TERRORISTS ARE THE STATE TERRORISTS THAT COMMITED AND ARE STILL COMMITTING GENOCIDE...FRENCH IN ALGERIA...ITALY IN LIBYA AND ETHIOPIA...AMERICA IN THE PHILLIPINES, VIETNAM ,IRAQ AND THE COUNTLESS MURDEROUS FASCIST REGIMES THAT IT SUPPORTED AND STILL SUPPORTS INCLUDING THE AUTOCRACIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST...AND I HAVEN'T EVEN GONE DEEPER INTO HISTORY...WITH THE SPANISH, PORTUGUESE, GERMANS GENOCIDES DURING THIS SHITTY EUROPEAN COLONIALISM THAT THE WORLD HAD TO SUFFER FOR FIVE HUNDRED YEARS. THE VIRUS OF THIS WORLD IS THE SOON TO BE NEGLECTED CORNER OF THE WORLD CALLED EUROPE AND ITS PROGENY USA. THE WORLD IS BETTER OF WITHOUT THEM.

5:15 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the religion is not what critics say it is, then why fear to the point of death threats and riots? Just let the truth prevail. I would want to believe in a religion that can withstand bombardment because its tenets are strong and righteous.

8:36 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon 8.36
Agree...but like all religions around the world today, it is increasingly moving towards fundemantalism and extremism and at what cost... innocent people pay the price. Look at what the American did in Iraq, nothing can justify that, and the 9/11 bombing is equally barbaric. If everyone views the other religion as the enemy then we are all doomed.I think humans need to search for peace some other way.

10:11 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Purple Haze said...

Anon 8.36 pm, I agree with you as well as Anon 10.11 pm.

I've seen this short documentary and it is obviously lop sided to one person's point of view, juxtaposing verses from a holy book with footage and images of violence that we have all seen on TV news.

It is really nothing new other than the curiosity factor which was aroused due to the publicity surrounding it.

Otherwise, you can give it a miss and move on with you daily life.

10:56 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

totally in agreement with "8:36 PM MYT"

If none of this is true why get all angry about it. Look at how much christianity and other religions get made fun of but do u see people getting murdered over such things? I mean come on man make another movie or something to counter these claims or something but for pete's sake stop with the violence which only serves to further the prejudice against the religion.

12:00 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous PSM said...

You can't stop people from giving their opinion in one way or another (right or wrong, is not the issue).
What the Muslims should do is voice their disagreement & deny the allegations put forward by the Documentary. And as suggested by Anonymous 12:00am, make another Movie / Documentary to counter the allegations.
If the Muslims do anything violent in retaliation, then those who made this "Anti-Koran Film" would be proven correct!

12:03 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and you think the voice of the muslims will be aired on mainstream media...i hate this lazy intellectualism comments...you should start reading fringe news to get the whole pictures and not to rely on times, newsweek etc for the propaganda that they are...

1:56 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous PSM said...

Anonymous 1:56pm, since you "hate this lazy intellectualism comments" then what would you suggest? Killing, Maiming or suicide bombing?

5:26 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

typical of nonmuslims who think that an angry muslim can only maim, kill and suicide bomb...

3:55 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

as if only they can act rationally...

3:56 PM GMT+8  

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