I received an e-mail today from a friend about a video shot by some Dutch politician that was getting railroaded everywhere, no news agency would run it pretty much anywhere in the western world, it eventually made it out into some internet outlets, but even some of them pulled it down. Apparently all the news agencies covered the story of the release, but wouldn’t watch it or connect to it or show it. It’s a 17 minute video “about the Koran”, or so it says. Here’s the link (for now) http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2949546475561399959&hl=en
This link may not last long, we’ll see, however, I watched it. It’s not about the Koran, it quotes 5 or 6 verses from the Koran, (calling for fighting enemies and bloodshed, of course), and spends the rest of the time showing video and sound bits of terrorist attacks, and extremist Islamic speaking or speechifying, or headlining, or protesting. In short, it was a hate-filled, right wing political attack on Islam and Muslims and designed to drive fear into the heart of every “freedom loving” person in the western world. There was no balance to this thing; it was all one sided, only the extremists, and a few Koran quotes, and disturbing images and sound bites.
Now I ask you, what religion hasn’t killed in the name of its god(s)? What religious texts don’t call for the blood of their enemies somewhere, (the bible even asks for sacrifices of its followers, “to test them”), check out this website http://www.angelfire.com/band/cure/thetruth.html
for all kinds of sick quotes from the bible, (yes, I checked many of them out, they are in my wife’s copy), how about these:
“Take all the heads of the people
and hang them up before the Lord
against the sun.” -- Numbers 25:4
direct quote from YAHWEH
“The Lord is a man of War!”
"...They shall fall by the sword:
their infants shall be dashed in
pieces, and their women with child
(pregnant) shall be ripped up!"
direct quote from YHWH -- Hosea 13:16
"... at midnight the Lord smote
all the first born in the land of
Egypt, from the first born of the
pharaoh... unto the first born of
the captive that was in the dungeon;
and all the first born cattle"
-- Exodus 12:29
and the list goes on, and on and on… and lets not forget that Judaism, Christianity and Islam all have the same root, they just broke off at different times from the preceding religion.
I don’t promote censorship, I think this video should have been allowed to air as an editorial, and it should have been allowed to be commented on. That is what free speech is about. And the video claims 54 million Muslims living in the Netherlands currently, the CIA factbook website only shows 16,570,613 (July 2007 est.) for a total population of the Netherlands and only 5.5% of those are Muslim. Sounds like propaganda to me. I’d say someone has an agenda. Maybe the news agencies should have reported this, shown it and actually interviewed NON-extremists, quoted the other parts of the Koran, shown that the “facts” listed were wrong. Hmmm, maybe that would be responsible journalism.
Aw right, I’m pissed, better go to bed. No I’m not going to reread this and /or edit it tonight, so fuck off.