Well Geert Wilders' film 'Fitna' is finally out, as of last night, and so far there is no need to retire to the bunker. At the time of writing there's been a bit of rioting in Karachi but Holland itself is still standing if - thanks to its government - slightly cowed.
The film itself - the edited YouTube version of which is above, click here for the full 15min version - is well worth seeing. It isn't for the faint-hearted: footage includes some of the most barbaric acts committed by the jihadists. But there's no burning of the Koran or ripping up of the Koran, or any of the other allegedly 'shocking' things which the Dutch government and others revealingly predicted would be in the film. The film simply shows what the Koran says and then shows footage of certain Muslims carrying out those words to the letter. To this extent, anything which people find shocking in the film should be put at the doors of Mohammed and certain of his followers, not Wilders.
Speaking to various media about this today, it's interesting that the first sense of shock is that the footage which Wilders includes is so bloody. Of course Wilders didn't create this footage - the jihadis did. But it raises an interesting question about the mainstream media. In the last seven years the MSM has gone out of its way to spare the public from seeing the most barbarous acts of our enemies. As we discovered when the BBC infamously pixellated the cartoons two years ago, even Danish drawings have been deemed too upsetting to broadcast of late. The footage in Wilders' film of the victims of jihad is therefore especially sobering. It isn't pleasant viewing, but then jihad isn't pleasant viewing, and if this is what it takes to alert people to the savagery of the threat we all face, Muslims included, then there it is.
I hope as many non-Islamists as possible see the film and consider its implications. But I also hope that the Islamists themselves are not so stupid as to fall into the oldest idiocy of theirs: that is the one which says "Say my religion is peaceful or I will kill you."
Incidentally, if people are interested - here is an interview with Wilders I did for the Spectator a couple of weeks back, just as he was finishing the film.