March 29th, 2008

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Fitna

I really need to sleep (ahh, in my own bed) but I wanted to post this first.

A Dutch politician named Geert Wilders made a short video called "Fitna" offering his views on Islam and the Koran.

These views are not positive ones. The film references 9/11, the Madrid train bombings, the murder of Theo van Gough, among other instances of Muslim hatred and terrorism.

No Dutch broadcasters would air it without editing, so he released it on the Internet.

In short, Wilder's point has been proved. Even before the film was released, Syria's Grand Mufti said that if there was an image of a burning Koran in the film, the Dutch as a whole would be held responsible and the Taliban would probably increase their attacks. A fatwa was issued against Wilders, calling on Muslims to assassinate him.

LiveLeak.com, where Wilder's originally released the film, removed the video of the film from their servers following threats against their staff.

The Dutch government, according to a Reuters report, tried to stop the film's broadcast. The UN Sec-Gen condemned it as anti-Islamic.

"There is no justification for hate speech or incitement to violence," Ban said in a statement. "The right of free expression is not at stake here."

"Freedom must always be accompanied by social responsibility," Ban said.

"We must also recognize that the real fault line is not between Muslim and Western societies, as some would have us believe, but between small minorities of extremists, on different sides, with a vested interest in stirring hostility and conflict," Ban said.


Well, it's nice to know that the current Sec-Gen of the UN is just as full of crap as the last one.

Yes, I understand that not all Muslims want to see all non-Muslims beheaded. But where are these moderate voices? Where is the critism of Islam from within? If you speak against intolerance in Islam you are threatened with death. The irony is so great that it would be funny if it weren't so awful.

Obviously Wilders has his own biases here and I'm not claiming otherwise. But it's interesting. When anti-Christian books or movies come out you don't hear the Pope asking Catholics to assassinate the people responsible. You don't see Christian 'youths' rioting through the streets when a decision in government goes against them.

Here is the film from YouTube -- assuming it will remain there -- so you can judge for yourself. Some of the English subtitles are a little wonky but it's enough to get the idea.

Definitely adult content.

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Frank advice (http://www.imao.us/archives/009837.html) from IMAO

After the last serious post, a funny political one.

The Dems are a bit pathetic lately, so I thought I should give them some help as someone has to challenge McCain to keep him from lazily sliding leftwards. Obviously, they need a way to pick their candidate that satisfies both sides. With the Hillary and Obama so close in delegates, the simple election solutions are going to leave a large number of Democrats feeling cheated. And, frankly, they love feeling cheated and complaining about the fact. So, more extraordinary measures are needed.

Now, the most obvious solution is putting them in some sort of cage with weaponry where only one leaves. I don't think this will work for the Democrats, though, because they won't think Obama with his saccharine message of hopey change can stand up to the vicious Hillary who has long thirsted for his blood. Instead, they need to compete on a plane Democrats are more familiar with.

How about they are each given a billion dollars in tax money, and whoever spends it all the first wins. They can't just spend it on military weaponry (and, being Democrats, they wouldn't want to), and instead have to spend it all on wasteful, counterproductive social programs. That would prove which one of them is the most hardcore Democrat.

Another idea is a competition for sympathy by them having to convince a TV audience which one of them is the most victimized by society. A call in vote will determine once and for all who has it rougher -- women or minorities -- and Ryan Seacrest will announce the winner... after the break.

Also, they could get a group of foreigners and Obama and Hillary could compete on who could befriend the most. Having foreigners like us is of the utmost concern to Democrats.

If none of that is satisfactory, Democratic leaders can take advantage of the fact that many Democrats, being anti-religious, believe about any supernatural crap. The heads of the Democrats can say they are going to go to a secret seance room where they will summon all the great Democrats throughout America history and have them consult and decide on who should be the nominee. Then they can just head to where the coffee machine is and flip a coin... or just decide to nominate Hillary so she'll release their families. Whatevs.