The plan was to provoke an innocent vulnerable and emotional poplulation
Muslims around the world were expected to reponse in the stereotypical fashion confirming the racist stereotype
It really is the fitna. Not the movie, but the Dutch man called Geert Wilders.
The tactic is simple. Every few weeks provoke Muslims so that they react. Attack them in a spot which is very emotional to them. Then sit back and enjoy the fireworks. It used to be done with the help of the swords by the Crusades and with the help of ships during colonialism.
The “deed is done.” If people die who will have blood on their hands? During Numberg, they convicted the person who pulled the trigger, but also the one who ordered the killing as well as the one who planned and provoked the murders.
Pakistan protests anti-Islam film
FO summons Danish envoy, conveys sentiments of Muslims, EU, UN
The ambassador of the Netherlands in Islamabad was called to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by additional secretary (Europe) and a strong protest was lodged with him on the internet release of the film. The ambassador was told that the Government of Pakistan strongly condemned the release of the defamatory film which deeply offended the sentiments of Muslims all over the world and which was expected to result in expressions of strong abhorrence and outrage. The additional secretary further underlined that insult to other religions could never be justified on the basis of freedom of expression and ran counter to the efforts of those individuals and countries that were building bridges between religions and civilizations.
Referring to foreign secretary’s earlier meeting with the Dutch ambassador on the subject, the additional secretary stated that it was incumbent upon the Dutch government to take all necessary measures in order to minimize the impact of the incident and to prosecute Geert Wilder for defamation and deliberately hurting Muslims’ sentiments. The additional secretary underlined that Article 137 of the Dutch penal code prohibits defamation and incitement to hatred. The Dutch ambassador termed the release of the film on the internet as an extremely unfortunate and a despicable act, something the Dutch government has strongly condemned.
He referred to the statement of the Dutch PM which was issued immediately after the release of the film and said that the statement underlined that the film had no other purpose but to cause offence. The Dutch government strongly rejected the message of the film which was to equate violence with Islam. The ambassador also referred to the Dutch government’s earlier efforts to block the release of the film on television channels and to repeated negotiations with Geert Wilder impressing upon him not to release the film.
He said that this was an individual act for which the Dutch people as a whole should not be blamed. The Dutch government will now institute a criminal investigation into the affair and that Wilder would have to bear the consequence of his actions.
Jamaat-e-Islami, organized the protest Friday outside a mosque in Karachi. Some protesters demanded that Pakistan should cut diplomatic relations with the Netherlands over the film. “They (the Dutch) are savage and uncivilized. All the Muslim nations should stand up together to counter the nefarious intentions of these people,” Nasrullah Shaji, a local party leader, told the crowd.
The Dutch government had warned Wilders that a film offensive to Muslims could spark violent protests in Islamic countries, like those that broke out two years ago after European newspapers published blasphemous caricatures. “The infidels are daring again and again to commit such acts because our own rulers are in connivance with them,” said another party leader, Asadullah Bhutto.
Iran and Indonesia on Friday condemned the film by a Dutch lawmaker. Islam critic Geert Wilders launched his movie on Thursday evening. Titled “Fitna”, an Arabic term sometimes translated as “strife”, it intersperses images of the Sept 11, 2001 attacks and other Islamist bombings with quotations from the Quran.
Iran called the film heinous, blasphemous and anti-Islamic and called on European governments to block any further showing. Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation and a former Dutch colony, also condemned the film.
“We are of the view that the film has a racist flavour and is an insult to Islam, hidden under the cover of freedom of expression,” a foreign ministry spokesman said. “We call on Indonesian people not to be incited.”
Wilders, who has been under heavy guard because of Islamist death threats since the murder of director Van Gogh, has seen support for his anti-immigration Freedom Party rise in anticipation of the film to about 10 percent of the vote.
In a statement on live television on Thursday evening in both Dutch and English, Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende said he rejected Wilders’ views and was pleased by the initial restrained reactions of Dutch Muslim organisations.
“The European Union and its member states apply the principle of the freedom of speech which is part of our values and traditions. However, it should be exercised in a spirit of respect for religious and other beliefs and convictions.”
“The film is a deliberate act of discrimination against Muslims, incitement for hatred and an act of defamation of religions which is solely intended to incite and provoke unrest and intolerance among people of different religious beliefs and to jeopardise world peace and stability,” said OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu.
The chief imam of the Grand Mosque in the holy Saudi city of Mecca, Sheikh Abderrahman al-Sudeiss, denounced what he called “a blow to the (Muslim) nation,” although he did not mention the film by name.
Morocco’s Communications Minister Khalid Naciri called Wilders “mentally retarded.”
In Cairo, a leader of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood, Essam al-Aryan, acknowledged that the film posed an “affront” to Muslims.
In an interview with AFP on Friday Wilders rejected any responsibility for retaliation against Dutch nationals or interests abroad.
“I hope it doesn’t happen but even if it does the people who commit such acts are responsible, not me,” he said.
Wilders added that he was very happy with the relatively positive reactions in the Netherlands “and the fact that we had a quiet night.”
The European Union’s Slovenian presidency said the film served “no other purpose than inflaming hatred.”
But Islamic leaders in The Netherlands called on Muslims in other countries not to over-react.
“We call on them to follow our strategy and not react with attacks on Dutch embassies or tourists,” the head of the Dutch Moroccan community, Mohamed Rabbae, said. “An attack on the Netherlands is an attack on us.”
An opinion poll published on Friday showed that almost a third of all Dutch people had seen the film or parts of the film.
However after seeing it, the Dutch are less scared of the possible fallout. The number of respondents who believed the film would harm relations with Arab countries dropped from 81 percent one month ago to 57 percent on Friday, the TNS Nipo polling institute reported
Dutch film ‘Fitna’ draws muted response from Muslims
Officials braced for protests as a lawmaker posted on the Internet a controversial video about what he sees as the threat of Islam to Europe. Some Muslims say they expected worse.
By Geraldine Baum, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
March 29, 2008
PARIS — A young Muslim girl in a head scarf calls Jews “apes and pigs.” A nonbeliever is beheaded and another is shot. Verses of the Koran are juxtaposed with horrific images, implying that one begets the other.
The new film by right-wing Dutch legislator Geert Wilders, first posted on the Internet late Thursday, had everyone from the Dutch prime minister to soldiers in Afghanistan braced for angry reactions from offended Muslims. Even before the film was released, there were protests this month by 15,000 people in Afghanistan, with many burning the Dutch flag.
And a spokesman for the Amsterdam police said Friday that the force was on alert and that extra officers would be on the streets in Muslim neighborhoods this weekend.
Before Friday’s midday call to prayer, police were busy contacting imams to gauge reaction at the city’s 50 mosques. But as of late Friday, reaction there appeared muted.
“They were all disgusted by the film, but so far there isn’t a big explosion,” said police spokesman Arnold Aben. “In fact, it’s quieter than usual here today. Sort of like a holiday.”
The 17-minute film, “Fitna,” the Arabic word for strife, was first posted late Thursday on Wilder’s Freedom Party website. The site crashed immediately with heavy traffic, but within minutes the film was available in Dutch and English on the British-based website LiveLeak, which also froze up briefly. By Friday, the film was all over the Internet — on YouTube, Dailymotion and other shared-video sites. LiveLeak later took down the video, saying its staff had received “threats of a very serious nature.”
Wilders has said he made the film to call attention to what he sees as the Islamic threat to Europe — which he compares to the fascism that led to World War II.
Not everyone was impressed.
“It is not very original,” Yusuf Altuntas, deputy chairman of a Muslim umbrella group based in The Hague, said in a phone interview. “We have seen many of these images before. There was no shock so we don’t think there will be problems in Holland. I can’t speak for in the Middle East.”
Altuntas had worried the film would set off riots around the world after Wilders hinted that it included images of the Koran being torn. There is the sound of paper tearing at the end of the film that a viewer might conclude is the Koran, but the text explains it is not pages from the Muslim holy book but rather from a phone book.
“It is not up to me but up to the Muslims to tear the spiteful verses from the Koran,” the text reads.
Wilders, who has full-time police protection because of assassination threats from Islamic extremists, has built a political career fighting what he calls the “Islamization” of the West.
Although his party gets less than 15% support, he is known for stirring emotion in a highly tolerant country with one of Europe’s fastest-growing immigrant populations from Muslim countries.
On Friday, Wilders, 44, told reporters that he was happy there hadn’t been violence after the film’s release. “My intention was not to provoke riots,” he said, according to Agence France-Presse. “On the contrary, I want to encourage debate.”
The new video was met with several counter-videos on the Internet on Friday morning, and the blogosphere was crowded with back-and-forth. On YouTube, a man from Pakistan had put up his own video saying that “Muslims love Jesus Christ, Moses and all prophets of all religions. . . . They respect all scriptures.”
Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende said in a statement that “the vast majority of Muslims reject extremism and violence.”
“In fact, the victims are often also Muslims. We therefore regret that Mr. Wilders has released this film. We believe it serves no purpose other than to cause offense.”