Nato fears over Dutch Islam film


Nato’s secretary general says he fears the airing of a Dutch film criticising Islam will have repercussions for troops in Afghanistan. Jaap de Hoop Scheffer’s comments came after Afghans protested on Sunday against the film being made by far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders.

The Dutch government has warned Mr Wilders that the film will damage Dutch political and economic interests.

Mr Wilders says the film is about the Koran but has given few details.

In the past, he has called for the Koran to be banned and likened it to Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf.

The project has already been condemned by several Muslim countries, including Iran and Pakistan.

Nato’s secretary general said he was concerned about his troops after the protests against the film in Afghanistan.

“If the [troops] find themselves in the line of fire because of the film, then I am worried about it and I am expressing that concern,” he said in a television interview.

‘Kick out forces’

On Sunday, hundreds of Afghans took to the streets in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif to protest against the film.

Demonstrators burned Dutch flags, and called for the withdrawal of Dutch troops from the Nato force.

The demonstrators say they will step up their protests unless the Afghan government expels the troops.

The protesters also criticised the recent republication of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad in several Danish newspapers, and called for the withdrawal of Danish troops.

“We don’t want our government to have any diplomatic relations with these two countries,” Maulawi Abdul Hadi, one of the protesters, told the Associated Press news agency.

“We don’t want Danish and Dutch troops in Afghanistan. They should be kicked out of the Nato forces here.”

Mr Wilders has said he expects his 15-minute work will be shown in the Netherlands in March and released on the internet.

Dutch authorities have told him he may have to leave the country for his own safety amid reports of death threats.

Submission

Mr Wilders’ film is called Fitna, an Arabic word used to describe strife or discord.

He has said his film will show how the Koran is “an inspiration for intolerance, murder and terror”.

Mr Wilders leads the Freedom Party, which has nine seats in the Dutch parliament.

He has had police protection since Dutch director Theo Van Gogh was killed by a radical Islamist in 2004.

Van Gogh’s film Submission included verses from the Koran shown against a naked female body.

2 thoughts on “Nato fears over Dutch Islam film

  1. WILDER IS VERY STUPID ,INSTEAD OF STUDYING QURAN PROPERLY & UNDERSTANDING THE REAL MEANING OF IT .HE IS JUST MAKING HIS PETHATIC & USELESS LOSER BASTERED LIFE IN WHICH I AM 100% SURE THAT HE EVEN DONT KNOW THE NAME OF HIS FATHER &I HOPE HE EVEN DONT WANT TO,IS UTILISING HIS LIFE TO KNOW THE QURAN.HE SHOULD KNOW THAT QURAN IS MIRICAL & ISLAM IS SPRADING LIKE A FRESH BREEZE IN THE LIFES OF NONMUSLIMS & THEY ARE EMBRASSING ISLAM .PEOPLE LIKE VON GOGH AND WILDER ARE ACTUALLY SUPER LOOSERS & THEY CAN NOT HOLD THEIR ASSES & TRY TO GAIN POPULARITY LIKE THAT ,SO THEY SHOULD REMEMBER THAT IT IS NOT THE WAY TO GAIN POPULARITY BUT ACTUALLY THEY ARE LETTING THEIR SELFS DOWN IN FRONT OF THEIR WHOLE NATION.

  2. Jalal you have responded in a very violent and rude way.Infact all you have done is prove Wilder right.In my estimation God does not need man to fight for him He is able to judge riteously & if i may add faith is a thing of the heart you cant force anyone to beleive in your religion.If the koran is all about peace and mercy & against religous murder all you needed to do was to qoute portions of the Quoran that supports your claim.your claim of Islam spreading like a wind is not necessary but if you must know i know many muslims who have renounced Islam simply because they seek true peace.

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