“Fitna” Review and Commentary
(First published on March 31, 2008, updated on April 3, 2010)
I just saw “Fitna“; Goebbels would be envious.
The one highly successful rule being exercised throughout this 16-minute film is: Lie with confidence, lie mightily and with a righteous wrath that will silence all those who do not know better.
It is amazing how like wildfire, a lie can spread when the target is something or someone we want to hate, as much as America and the West seem to want to hate Islam.
Hate, Fear and ignorant minds, are essential ingredients for the exploitation of the “Other/Them” and supremacy of “Us”.
Thus it is today, that so many in the West, have selected Islam and Muslims as their target du jour and are taking constant, extraordinary measures, to create a vicious image of Islam, Muslims and Arabs.
In “Fitna“, Geert Wilders does a superb job of throwing fiction on the screen as the Quran is supposedly recited in the background (since I do not understand Arabic, I have no way of knowing one way or another).
He stitches together scenes of slaughter, mayhem and quotes from “scholars” who have apparently as much ability to distort Islam as Wilders does, to prove beyond doubt, how it is ISLAM and MUSLIMS who are unstoppable in their desire to destroy the West.
I note that he cites such objective, unbiased and scholarly sources for his film as MEMRI TV, and “Obsession” the GREAT hate-mongering film. As far as I can ascertain, MEMRI (founded in 1998 by Yigal Carmon) has resorted to all kinds of tactics including mistranslations (in “error”, of course) in order to promote hate and bigotry against Muslims, Arabs and Islam and favor towards Israel. Not much of a surprise, considering the fact that the head of MEMRI and the top people there are ex-Israeli Intelligence (Mossad? maybe not ‘ex-‘).
If idiocy, hate and fear-mongering were a Western monopoly, there could not be any Movies like Fitna of any of the MANY other films “proving” Islam to be murderous. It pains me to see that there is no shortage of idiots who live to promote hate and fear, among Muslims as well. they too, “quote” the Quran and Hadith with the same gusto and disregard for truth as Wilders and his ilk. The Muslim fools seem to have managed to find pulpits, promote hate and tell people that one day, Muslims will rule Europe and ALL of the West.
One day, indeed!
I would like to see these Muslim “scholars” first help Muslims to higher places of knowledge, to better political representation in countries of Muslim-minority as well as countries of Muslim-majority. Until that day, these people deserve the same contempt that Wilders does.
The Muslim leaders shown in Wilders’ film, have no concept of education, work-ethic, decency or even of truth. To me it appears clear that the only thing they are trying to achieve by their inflammatory speeches is fame, popularity and leadership…the same thing the people like Wilders and other so-called Leaders who share Wilders’ agenda, also seek.
People on both sides of this hate-mongering are repulsive demagogues who must be shunned by all.
Sadly, only the opposite is likely to occur.
I paused the film at each “quote” from the Quran, to check what it actually said in any one of three translations of the Quran that I have and in every instance, I found Wilders going wild with his fantasies.
Not only did he twist the meaning of what is actually in the Quran, to suit his own “translations”, he went as far as to create entirely new “translations”…ones that can exist only in the most paranoid of minds.
Each “quote” from the Quran, is reproduced after the end of this article, along with the actual, full verse AND the proper context for the “quoted passage”.
Frenzied “clerics” who are virtually screaming death and slaughter are the ones who bask in Wilders’ limelight.
The multitudes of wonderful, scholarly, educated Imams who exhort peace and intellectual growth, who teach the God demands love of one’s neighbors, charity, mercy, sharing and compassion, are naturally, nowhere to be seen, because that would destroy the message that Wilders is so keen to promote.
To the shame of Muslims all over the world, there are enough irrational and crazed Muslims who are foaming noisily against this film and other “works” like this, that they lend truth to films of bigotry like this one. They also obligingly commit acts of violence and make calls for the deaths of people like Wilders…all acts that only strengthen Wilders and only serve to solidify support for him.
Cleverly ignored by Wilders, are similar examples of murderous Christian and Jewish leaders, who have caused great slaughter and who have advocated open slaughter (some, as recently as Israel’s invasion of Gaza in 2009). Examples such as The Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda, Milosevic and Karadzic who rallied their followers in the name of Christianity. Like Christian leaders in the US (including Franklin Graham, Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell) who openly say that if Islam and Muslims are not destroyed, in this country, Muslims will destroy the US.
The King’s Torah (Torat Hamelech), Part One: Laws of Life and Death between Israel and the Nations,” a 230-page compendium of Halacha, or Jewish religious law, published by the Od Yosef Chai yeshiva in Yitzhar, says:
- “The prohibition ‘Thou Shalt Not Murder’ applies only “to a Jew who kills a Jew,” write Rabbis Yitzhak Shapira and Yosef Elitzur of the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar. Non-Jews are “uncompassionate by nature” and attacks on them “curb their evil inclination,” while babies and children of Israel’s enemies may be killed since “it is clear that they will grow to harm us.”
Israel’s Chief military Rabbi, Brig.-Gen Ronzki issued a memo just before Israel’s invasion of Gaza in 2009, instructing Israeli troops to kill everyone in their path and those Israeli soldiers who do not do so, will be damned.
Never mind, we are only supposed to discuss Islam and Muslims…
Towards the end, Wilders’ film shows words on the screen that say and how Islam seeks to destroy the West even as the West seeks accommodation of Islam. The Islamic ideology has to be defeated!
He says Nazism was defeated in Europe in 1945. True, but no thanks to cowards like him who stood by as the Nazis took away millions of Jews to their deaths, cowards like him who not only stood by as the Serbs rounded up Muslims for slaughter in Srebrenica, but actually helped the Serbs load the Muslims on to trucks. If Wilders had courage, he would have open and public discussions with Muslim leaders and Muslim public and test out his points…but first he would have to discard the false and invented ones…but then he would have nothing left to discuss!
In a way, Wilders is right; extremism wins when moral cowards stand silently as extremes of violence are undertaken in their name…it does not matter whether the extremes in violence are being promoted by frenzied Mullahs or by genteel representatives of the “Judeo-Christian” West.
Tragically, it is not the hate-monger that paves the way to genocide, it is the silent, moral coward.
Of course, I could be completely wrong; Wilders might not be looking to promote hate and bigotry against Islam and Muslims, he might simply be looking for the easiest way to help his career grow, to gain national and international recognition and to make a lot of money.
It worked for Hitler, for Milosevic and other genocidal leaders throughout history.
Why not for Geert Wilders?
Fitna’s “quotes” from the Quran:
The following are “quotes” from verses of the Quran, as used in “Fitna”, to illustrate how murderous the commands in the Quran are. I have noted Fitna’s “quotes” in italicized while the actual Quran verses are in Bold, italicized , are taken from Marmaduke Pickthal’s translation of the Quran; Other translations, such as by Khalifa, Shakir, Sher Ali and Yusuf Ali, are substantially the same as Pickthal. I have also underlined some words that were artfully replaced with other words (also underlined), in order to make the translation blood-thirsty.
▀ It opens with a portion of Chapter 8, verse 60.
…Prepare for them whatever force and cavalry ye are able of gathering to strike terror…to strike terror…in the hearts of the enemies of Allah and your enemies…
Make ready for them all thou canst of (armed) force and of horses tethered, that thereby ye may dismay the enemy of Allah and your enemy, and others beside them whom ye know not. Allah knoweth them. Whatsoever ye spend in the way of Allah it will be repaid to you in full, and ye will not be wronged.
In context…We need to identify who the Quran is talking about and why God is commanding action against “the enemy”. To do this, we must read back a little…and we come to verses 56 and 57:
Those of them with whom thou madest a treaty, and then at every opportunity they break their treaty, and they keep not duty (to Allah).[8:56]
If thou comest on them in the war, deal with them so as to strike fear in those who are behind them, that haply they may remember. ([8:57]
Clearly, the commands to fight “them” addresses people who break their treaties and seek the destruction of Muslims; the command is born of a defensive reaction.
God is not merciless, in the very next verse (8:61) He tells Muslims to keep peace if “the enemy” should also seek peace and to trust in God.
And if they incline to peace, incline thou also to it, and trust in Allah. Lo! He, even He, is the Hearer, the Knower. [8:61]
▀ Chapter 4, verse 57
Those who have disbelieved our signs, we shall roast them in fire, whenever their skins are cooked to a turn, we shall substitute new skins for them that they may feel the punishment; verily Allah is sublime and wise.
While this verse does provide harsh punishment against those who disbelieve in the ONE God (as in other holy books), the very next verse shows that God is also merciful and just:
And as for those who believe and do good works, We shall make them enter Gardens underneath which rivers flow – to dwell therein for ever; there for them are pure companions – and We shall make them enter plenteous shade. [4:57]
▀ Chapter 47, verse 4
…Therefore, when ye meet the unbelievers smite at their necks and when ye have caused a bloodbath among them bind a bond firmly on them…
This refers to those non-Muslims who do not believe in one God and who wage war against Muslims (see full version below). While it commands Muslims to war, it also says prisoners should be made secure (tied firmly) and may be freed as a goodwill gesture or, ransomed, until the war is over…CLEARLY showing that living in peace, even with enemies, is possible, as long as the enemies do not wage war against Muslims.
Now when ye meet in battle those who disbelieve, then it is smiting of the necks until, when ye have routed them, then making fast of bonds; and afterward either grace or ransom till the war lay down its burdens. That (is the ordinance). And if Allah willed He could have punished them (without you) but (thus it is ordained) that He may try some of you by means of others. And those who are slain in the way of Allah, He rendereth not their actions vain. [47:4]
▀ Chapter 4, verse89
They but wish that ye should reject faith as they do, and thus be on the same footing as they, so take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah
They long that ye should disbelieve even as they disbelieve, that ye may be upon a level (with them). So choose not friends from them till they forsake their homes in the way of Allah; if they turn back (to enmity) then take them and kill them wherever ye find them, and choose no friend nor helper from among them, [4:89]
For context, this is in reference to those who pretended to be Muslim while seeking to undermine Muslims away from their faiths, or having them killed. These people were known as “the Hypocrites” and were specifically singled out in the preceding verse (4:88)
▀ Chapter 8, verse39
….Fight them until there is no dissension and the religion is entirely Allah’s….
And fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is all for Allah. But if they cease, then lo! Allah is Seer of what they do. [8:39]
Again, this relates to those who engaged in the persecution of Believers (Muslims). For context, as noted in the preceding verse, God says first approach those who would cause you harm and ask them to desist, but if they go back on their words, THEN fight:
Tell those who disbelieve that if they cease (from persecution of believers) that which is past will be forgiven them; but if they return (thereto) then the example of the men of old hath already gone (before them, for a warning). [8:38]
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