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Hirsi Ali Slams Dutch Government's Fits over Fitna
by David J. Rusin • Apr 2, 2008 at 10:13 am
After months of hype and hang-wringing, Fitna, a controversial short film by Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders, was finally made public on March 27. The movie, whose title translates as "strife" or "upheaval," aims to demonstrate that Islamic terrorists act in harmony with Koranic injunctions.
To this end, Fitna presents verses from the Koran, followed by footage of the hate-filled sermons and violent attacks they have inspired. After warning of Islamism on European soil, it closes by urging Muslims to "tear out" hostile passages from their scripture.
Just as Fitna offers few surprises, the condemnations emanating from the Organization of the Islamic Conference, the United Nations, and Western governments have been equally predictable. Even Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende has criticized his Dutch colleague for depicting Islam as inherently bellicose: "We reject this interpretation. The vast majority of Muslims reject extremism and violence."
More noteworthy reflections come from human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali. In addition to hammering Balkendende's government for its failure to defend free speech, she argues that the cabinet does not truly respect "the vast majority of Muslims":
Indeed, the lengths to which some Westerners go to avoid offending Muslims border on comedy. When a British school preemptively renamed The Three Little Pigs last year, one Islamic leader echoed her concerns: "Every time we get these stories, Muslims are seen more and more as misfits."
Hirsi Ali contends that self-censorship is counterproductive. By treating all Muslims as monsters, we make it more — not less — likely they will act as such.