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Just a load of crude propaganda

Well, that was

 EditorialDe Volkskrant

Well, that was “anticlimactic,” said Amsterdam’s De Volkskrant in an editorial. Fitna, the anti-Islam film made by firebrand politician Geert Wilders of the far-right Party for Freedom, is now available on the Internet. Wilders certainly did a great job of hyping his 15-minute film, whose title is Arabic for “disagreement.” After he billed it as “a call to shake off the creeping tyranny of Islamization,” Dutch television stations reasonably decided not to air it—which of course served to give the film far more publicity than it deserves. But now that we’ve seen it, it can be dismissed as nothing but “hard-line propaganda.” Juxtaposing images of terrorism with verses from the Koran, Fitna “uses the same methods as those used by radical and totalitarian regimes to turn ethnic groups against each other.” Wilders’ outlandish thesis is that the Koran requires Muslims to kill, and that only by renouncing their faith can they become law-abiding Dutch citizens. No wonder we haven’t seen Muslims rioting over this film. It is far too primitive to be taken seriously.  

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