Monday, August 21, 2006

"Submission Pt.II": Coming Soon!

You no doubt remember that almost two years ago, Theo Van Gogh was brutally shot, stabbed and mutilated by Dutch-born Muslim Mohammed (surprise) Bouyeri, 26, who could not tolerate his short film about Islam's degradation and brutalization of women. He could not tolerate the Truth.

Van Gogh was murdered as he cycled to work in broad daylight in front of witnesses. He was reported to have begged for mercy as he lay dying after sustaining several gunshot wounds, saying, "Can't we talk about this?"

Bouyeri shot him again, slit his throat and stabbed him, pinning a letter to his body.He was later arrested.

So much for diplomacy and reason. So much for the Religion of Peace.

Theo Van Gogh was not the only one behind the making of Submission. He directed and produced it, but it was conceived and written by a 35-year old woman, Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

Hirsi Ali is an apostate and a member of the Dutch Parliament. She was forced to go into hiding for three months following Theo Van Gogh's murder, as she was threatened in the note pinned to Van Gogh's body. She later returned to Parliament.

Hirsi Ali has been a vocal critic of Islam's treatment of women, calling Mohammed the 'Prophet' a "perverted tyrant."

She shook up Dutch politics by pointing to the blind spots in this tolerant democracy, like the murder of Muslim women who stray from the faith; so-called "honor killings."

"My accusation towards the Dutch society was, 'You think you are tolerant, but if you look behind those curtains in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, there are women who are abused. There are women who are taken to Morocco and Turkey and are killed there. They're murdered. And there are no records of those murders,'" says Hirsi Ali.

"I suppose some people would say we can't impose our alien laws on these new citizens,"

"That was the definition of tolerance before I came," says Hirsi Ali. "And now we are redefining that by saying, freeing these women, giving them a chance at life is not imposing Dutch will, or let's say Dutch values, on others. But it's protecting these individuals."

"They just don't get it, I think," says Hirsi Ali, who says her father thinks she's misguided. "The last time I spoke to my father, he told me that he believes that one day I will return to the faith."

Hirsi Ali is a bulldog. Although she was frightened by Theo's murder, she refuses to cower, and will start producing "Submission, Part II."

"By not making 'Submission Part II,' I would only be helping terrorists believe that if they use violence, they're rewarded with what they want," says Hirsi Ali.

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