Decide for yourself if Geert Wilders' 16-minute movie about Islam was worth all the handwringing and panic and anger of the last few months, and if it could be the spark for a violent Muslim response (so far, restraint has won out).
It's split into two parts, below — the second part overlaps the first by two minutes, so skip ahead if you'd like. By the way, YouTube has a questionable record
when it comes to defending free speech — especially, it seems, once
Muslims complain of hurty feelings. If YouTube pulls Fitna, and
clicking on the images above does not start the film, you should be
able to watch it here or here instead.
SATURDAY UPDATE: As I expected, YouTube has removed the film, or at least the first part (why not the second part, Allah knows. Give it time, I guess). LiveLeak has also succumbed to the pressure, saying it pulled Wilders' film after it received "threats of a very serious nature." So I'm linking to Fitna as currently hosted (in its entirety) on Google. It's a copy of the erstwhile LiveLeak feed, as you can tell by the logo in the upper left corner — but make no mistake, LiveLeak itself has indeed been forced to axe the video. We'll see if Google is less easily rattled.
As anyone knows (except jihadi wannabes?), the Internet treats censorship as damage and routes around it. I'm confident that this blog, and thousands of others, will always have a working link to Fitna, despite the veiled and not-so-veiled death threats that are being issued against us.
If you have a pro-freedom-of-speech blog yourself, please consider embedding the Wilders film (ask me how if you don't know). This would be a good time to show that you're no fair-weather friend of the most important principle in our western democracies. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
UH-OH: More movie trouble a-brewing.