Buchanan and Fitna
Has Patrick Buchanan written about Fitna yet? I ask this because he strongly took the pro-Muslim side against the European newspapers in the matter of the Muhammad cartoons. Now, one could argue that the cartoons were an insult to Islam and should not have been published. I strongly disagree with that argument, but it’s not an unreasonable argument. With Fitna, however, there is no insult of any kind to Islam. Geert Wilders shows passages from the Koran, he shows jihadists stating their beliefs and aims, and he shows jihadist acts of violence, beheading, executions, the 9/11 attack, etc. There is nothing in this brief movie that is not factual, nothing that is blasphemous. Indeed, there is nothing in this movie that jihadists themselves would object to—if it were stated in an approving way by themselves (“We are going to take over Europe, praised be Allah”) instead of in a critical way by a European (“Muslims are coming to take us over, and we must stop them”).
So, while there was a color of a plausible excuse for attacking the publication of the cartoons, there is no color of a plausible excuse for attacking Fitna. If, therefore, Buchanan opposes Fitna as he opposed the cartoons, he will have placed himself unambiguously on the side of the Muslims. I don’t think he will do that, however. I think, and hope, that he will support Wilders.
Update: As of April 1, Buchanan has not written anything on Fitna, as seen at his column archive. Maybe he feels he can’t discuss Fitna, because he doesn’t like it, but he can’t come out and say that he doesn’t like it, because that would suggest that he does not support the defenders of the West against Islam. I repeat my hope that Buchanan will support Geert Wilders in his important work.