Terrorists call for execution of Wilders over short
Al-Qaeda Thursday issued a fatwa calling for the execution of Dutch filmmaker and politician Geert Wilders, who is producing an anti-Koran short.Wilders expects to finish the 15-minute “Fitna” by the beginning of March, and will talk to broadcasters about airing it. None are yet on board. But he insists “Fitna” (Arabic for discord) will be available on the website of his political party in the Netherlands and a dedicated site. The domain name fitnathemovie.com has been registered with a U.S. service provider, implying that he wants to stop the Dutch authorities taking it down. While the government has made no such threat, ministers did call Wilders in to discuss the film Wednesday. They warned him about the risks to the Dutch reputation abroad if it is shown. He accused them of intimidation. Already, the Cairo Intl. Film Festival for Children announced it was dropping Dutch entry “Where Is Winky’s Horse?” in protest at Wilders’ film. According to Dutch press agency ANP, fest director Fawzi Fahmi said the decision was a protest against everyone who intentionally and persistently insults and degrades monotheistic religion. The Egyptian government has already voiced its objections to the anti-Koran film. Protests have also come from Indonesia and Iran. Earlier in the week Pakistan set off a global YouTube blackout when regulators blocked an online trailer for the film.