Sunday, March 15, 2009

Intellectual Dishonest

I posted his interview with CNN not long ago and this is a follow up to that. The video below is of analysis on CNN dated back to 26 February, where experts discuss both sides of the issue concerning the U.S. visit of controversial Dutch politician Geert Wilders.

From the discussion the one and only conclusion I can think of, which in turn both ladies shared about Wilders to label him as an intellectual Dishonnest.

Did Fitna backfired on Geert Wilders? I keep ask this question.

I guess it is too late for Wilders to backup, neither for those regarded as moderate Muslims (the sleeping factor in the formula in general) to lend a hand and ask Wilders "lets work together against fundimantilasm". The US now became the focus for both Wilders and the Muslim world, taking into the consideration the timing i.e. new administration, and Obama's inaguration speech where he appealed to the Muslim world to work together on many fronts. The timing for Wilders is no coincidence, and no surprise to many, but the surprise is the reaction to Fitna.

Do I have the feeling that Fitna was recieved with the same "shrug" as Europe received it? This is the reason I keep ask the quesiton is that immature "power point presentation" sort of a film has backfired against Wilders.

On the other hand, I agree with the experts on this video when they put part of the blame of this problem that Wilders is using to his benefit on Muslims everywhere - one of the experts put the responsibilities on the moderate Muslims. Will this would be a tip to Wilders to take the tip? I don't think so because "He believes that there is no such thing as a moderate Muslim. His aim is to stop “the Islamic invasion of Holland."

The last quote I put is from a post by Instablog about Wilders, and making reference to a very interesting article on New York Times, titled "Totally Tolerant, Up to a Point":

The writer of the article pinpointing that "If it were not for his hatred of Islam, Geert Wilders would have remained a provincial Dutch parliamentarian of little note, and that he is now world known for his views on Islam." The writer put the contradictory that every teenage can recognise by saying that "Whether Mr. Wilders has deliberately insulted Muslim people is for the judges to decide. But for a man who calls for a ban on the Koran to act as the champion of free speech is a bit rich." He added to that by saying "Since Muslims still constitute a relatively small minority, and most are not extremists, this seems an exaggerated fear, even though the danger of Islamist violence must be taken seriously."

I wouldn't agree more, but would that minority outlaw the Will of the majority of Muslims in Europe?

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