Monday, February 11, 2008

The Ordeal

Our Flemish correspondent VH has translated an article from last Saturday at the Dutch news site NU:

Wilders’ film Koran movie will be called “Fitna”

THE HAGUE — Geert Wilders’ film about the Koran will be entitled “Fitna”, which means “ordeal”. This was announced by the PVV leader last Saturday in an interview with the Associated Press Services (GPD). According to him, the Arab notion of fitna is also synonymous with ‘evil’.

Islam is the “most recent test for the Western democracies, following that of Nazism and Communism”, the member of Parliament said.


He applies fitna to situations in which the faith of Muslims is being put to the test. “I insisted on a term that appears in the Koran.” Wilders, however, turns the notion around: “Islam and the Koran are my ordeal. For me the pernicious Islam is fitna.”

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It is intended that the film will be released in March. Wilders wants it to reflect his view that the Koran is a fascist book that still instigates violence. “In the film I illustrate texts and verses from the Koran with documentary images, which show that the Quran is not a dead letter, but the face of Islam: a life-sized threat.”


The film, which will last about fifteen minutes, eventually focuses on the situation in the Netherlands and ends with a conclusion about the Koran and an illustration of the prophet Mohammed. “With this movie something will happen. What, I will not say,” says Wilders.


He is pleased that Dutch Muslims up till now responded moderately to the planning of his film. “They are more mature than mufti Balkenende [Prime Minister of the Netherlands], who already speaks of a ‘crisis’ before he saw anything. By the fear and cowardice of Balkenende it seems as if he is working on a self-fulfilling prophecy,” says the foreman of the PVV.


In an interview Saturday with the Flemish newspaper Het Nieuwsblad Wilders calls the ideology of Islam “abject, fascist and wrong”. The prophet Mohammed is, according to him, “a creepy devil that we should not worship in the Netherlands.”


Anonymous said...

I hope they'll have an English subtitled version of the film on the Internet or something... I'd be interested in seeing this.