But before it arrived, we saw the Pope celebrating the right of Muslims to leave their faith, proudly and with the whole world watching. Later we saw the recipient of that blessing loudly and clearly explain the significance of his act, the danger he put himself in, and the violence inherent in the religion that he had so publicly rejected. We also saw the author of Islam's veiled threat to Christianity denounce this most peaceful and symbolic of acts as "provocative".
And then Fitna did indeed arrive is all its power in the Netherlands. The aftershocks have yet to be witnessed.
Only today did I discover that an even more provocative film will be released in the Netherlands in less than a months time. It is provocative because it depicts Mohammad. It is provocative because it tells his story. It is provocative because it portrays him as a child rapist. This is way more provocative than anything Geert Wilders could ever envision. And it is more provocative still because it is produced by a courageous ex-Muslim, Ehasan Jami. So the Netherlands ain't seen nothin yet. Where Geert Wilders attacked Islam, and the Pope brought the plight of ex-Muslims to the forefront, Ehasan Jami is set to deliver the knockout punch: a frontal attack at the Prophet himself.
Where Geert Wilders may be dismissed as an ignorant bigot and racist, it is rather hard to treat a refugee from that very faith in the same way.
It is the perfect one-two-three: The Pope and Allam put the focus on the plight of ex-Muslims. Geert Wilders puts Dutch Islam under the microscope: love him or hate him, the whole world is now watching. So now Jami cannot be ignored. He may be censored, but even that will not stop the debate, and his film will be even more sought after. Or others will be made.
April 20 will be a VERY interesting day, for the Netherlands and for the world.
But it does not end there.
The Netherlands will also be the home of Hariri murder trial, to start next month.
This at a time when Muslim good will towards the Netherlands is at an all time low despite the government's attempts at dhimmitude short of cancelling Fitna.
The new Mohammad film by ex-Muslim Ehasan Jami scheduled for release in the Netherlands on April 20 will be even more extreme in its effect, and may even be banned, but not without forcing further discussion about the perfect example of Mohammad, and the plight of ex-Muslims.
The effect of the trial will be thus be electric to say the least. This is because the trial is really a weapon of the Arab Sunni establishment (Saudi, Egypt etc) against the Shiite/Allawite supporting upstarts in Iran, Syria, Hamas, PIJ and Hezb'allah, as well as Iraq's Shia factions. In particular, it serves as a scalpel to excise the Allawi regime in Syria, thus choking Hezb'allah and thus restoring Sunni hegemony over the Levant. This of course is consistent with the wishes of all in the region save Israel, which prefers the Allawi devil they know to a likely Islamist successor.
So, the Sunni Arab states will be in a bit of a bind. By supporting the Hariri tribunal, they are complicit in kuffar efforts against fellow Muslims (albeit Shia or Allawi) in the Netherlands, which in the eyes of many Muslims is the offensive heart of the Dar al Harb. The real tinderbox for this powder keg will be Iran and its Shia allies, which may well try to whip up broad anti-Dutch and anti-European hysteria, tarring the tribunal with the same brush as the Movies of Wilders and Jami. As usual, Iran will be positioning for pan-Muslim leadership, contrasting itself with the two-faced, kuffar-collaborating Sunni leaders.
Update 29/03/2008 12:15PM AEST: Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses is going to the theatre in Potsdam, Germany. This and the other events above may not be explicitly coordinated in a conspiracy between Sarkozy, Wilders, the Pope and the Easter Bunny, but perhaps people took note of Wilders' timing and timed their action accordingly. Or it could be something more explicit, there have been a number of conferences on Islamism, the survival of Western Civilisation &c lately. Who knows.
* Moose has contributed positively and flamboyantly to life in Australia, and if people disagree Moose doesn't care anyway. Moose is not renowned for religious fanaticism, ungrateful demographic invasion, support for terror, demanding special privileges or changes to foreign policy unlike some other minorities they could mention. Moose enjoys the freedoms to question, ridicule, reason logically and call a spade a spade. Moose also likes alcohol, bacon, Israel, and uncovered females unaccompanied in contravention of Sharia law. Not necessarily in that order, or all at once. Moose also enjoys Mohammad cartoons, articles by Mark Steyn and videos of jihadis getting theirs.