Ah, the UN. The ever useless organization decided to stick its nose into that which doesn’t concern them when the Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, spoke out against a short film that shows fanatical Islam for what it is….disgusting, hateful, and full of bigotry.
What did he call it? Hate speech.
Secretary-General today led a chorus of United Nations condemnation of the Internet broadcast of a video made by the Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders, describing it as “offensively anti-Islamic,” while he also called on those upset by the film to remain calm.
In a statement issued by his spokesperson after last night’s airing of the film, entitled Fitna, Mr. Ban said “there is no justification for hate speech or incitement to violence. The right of free expression is not at stake here.
No opinion from the SG about the hate speech depicted in the film, guess that will come at a later date…..
The movie named Fitna, which is Arabic for “strife” or “disturbance” was made by Geert Wilders and during its 17+ minutes Wilders points out that Islamic terror spawns from the Koran itself.
You don’t like it? Don’t watch it. But when you ban a film as the Dutch TV channels did, and as those who threatened LiveLeak did, then all you do is ensure that EVERYONE wants to see it. And as John Hinderaker says at Powerline, its a bit puzzling:
So, let’s see: Fitna says that a propensity to violence is inherent in Islam, a deeply controversial proposition. The film can’t be shown anywhere because people are afraid of…something. So instead, the film is posted online, where millions of people view it. But after 24 hours or so, the film is taken down because threats of violence are made by…someone. I dunno, it’s really puzzling. The one thing that everyone agrees on is that it’s ridiculous to think that Muslims can be violent. So the headchopping threats must be coming from…someone else.
But seeing as how Bash has put the video up, Say Anything, Moonbattery, and Google Video also, I figured I would join the club. The more that show this movie the better right? Here is the LiveLeak version that is going around, still looking for a better version.
Try this treasure trove. There are even subtitled versions.
That was careless of me. The correct link is as follows: http://thepiratebay.org/search/fitna/0/99/0
LOOKING FOR A BETTER VERSION?
If it’s still up here, this is the complete version.
And, when you are done watching that, please see this excellent and very thorough treatment. It is much more detailed, and puts current events into an historical perspective that allows you to see that anti-social pathology is not a recent development in Islam.
FITNA, is alive and well here.
I must admit to being sorely disappointed… After Kofi “The Corrupt” Annan, and his promotion of such fine programs as the Durban “Conference of Racism” and putting his own son in charge of bilking the oil for food program in Iraq; I had some hope that Ban Ki-moon might be a return to the likes of Dag Hammarskjöld. After all, Ban Ki-moon was not the product of third world nation whining, and had experience negotiating in the face of tyranny (North Korea), so he had promise. But, perhaps I underestimated the total effect of the moral corruption that has taken root in the United Nations. I guess short of John Bolton, anyone sent into the U.N. these days has little hope of keeping their ethical compass straight.
Calling Fitna “hate speech” is kind of like calling those who cite Rev. Wright as a racist, as being “racist” themselves. Jews, Christians, Buddhists, and Hindus all take their licks in the name of free-speech. Death threats against those who criticize those religions are rare, and are widely and openly criticized by the main stream of those faiths. How is it that Islam deserves any special treatment!? Or critiques of Islam are somehow invariably a “human rights violation?”
If the fanatics who make appearances in this video genuinely do not reflect the views that many Muslims hold deep in their hearts; then they should be defending the right of Wilders to bring these fanatics to light; better yet, they should be criticizing these fanatics themselves. The silence of this latent main stream Islam is simply disquieting to any reasonable observer.
It’s truly bizarre that agencies that are supposed to project “tolerance” are being used to protect intolerance. It’s akin to using the tools of democracy and constitutionally guaranteed freedoms to destroy that democracy, and take away those freedoms. Let Fitna be debated, criticized, or seconded as it makes its way across the internet! The important thing is, it’s getting out there; the sanctity of the open exchange of ideas is protected, and that is the West’s greatest legacy.