Saturday, March 29, 2008

LiveLeak.com: Cowards

First his web host dropped him, now Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders has had his anti-Islamic film Fitna removed from London-based LiveLeak.com. Citing "threats to our staff of a very serious nature", LiveLeak.com took the film down after only a day. And Dutch Prime Minister Jan Beter Balkanende is now bracing the country for "enormous consequences". This also comes after Pakistan blocked its citizens' access to YouTube because clips from the film could be seen there. Wilders has been painted as some kind of racist right-wing nut, but isn't the very fact that an entire community of crazies can have their way by making death threats cause for alarm? If the world keeps caving to this kind of terrorism, what does that mean for free speech? It seems people tend to love the idea of liberty only until they might have to defend it with their lives. Anyway, here's the film courtesy (for now) of YouTube:

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