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ISLAM: WHAT THE WEST NEEDS TO KNOW

Review by Michael Jacobson

Directors:  Gregory M. Davis and Bryan Daly
Audio:  Dolby Digital 3.1
Video:  Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Studio:  The Disinformation Company
Features:  Texts
Length:  98 Minutes
Release Date:  July 17, 2007

“Islam is a peaceful religion.” stated by President George W. Bush, Prime Minister Tony Blair, and former President Bill Clinton

“Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them.” The Koran, 9:5

Film ***1/2

In 1938, the British historian Belloc wrote about the advance of Islam in his text The Great Heresies.  He put forth the seemingly strange notion that even though the Muslims had been quiet for some time, eventually they would pick back up where they left off, furthering their religious and societal quest for global domination, which was last thwarted in Denmark by the then king of Poland.  Belloc said the date of that defeat should be remembered far and wide as one of the most important dates in all of history.

That date was September 11, 1683.

It took time and patience, but the Muslim fundamentalists did in fact restart their attempt at subduing Judeo-Christian culture with Osama bin Laden’s attack of September 11, 2001.  As put forth by Islamic experts in Islam: What the West Needs to Know, this was no coincidence, nor was it a flash in the pan.  As they somberly offer the facts, both from history and from the followers’ own religious texts, these Muslims believe their call is to eradicate all non-believers by death or submission, and they will never stop until that goal is realized.

This documentary may well be one of the most important of the new millennium.  It is not alarmist or sensational, but rather sober and scholarly, quietly putting forth the notion that although there are Muslims who would not engage in violence, the faith itself is predicated upon war, death, and domination, and those who follow the faith but not those practices do so outside their own clearly defined scriptures.

We follow the story of Muhammad, both in his own writings in the Koran and in records kept during his life and times, where he personally began the war against all non-followers, himself killing anywhere from 600 to 900 Jews personally in the name of his god, Allah.  The experts in the film trace the spread of Islam across the Middle East and into Europe, where it went like an unchecked juggernaut until the Crusades partly turned back the tide.

They outline the major wars of today…all involve Muslims on one or both sides.  One even muses without these Islamic conflicts, the world would actually be a fairly peaceful place.  But they also discuss the fact that much of Western Europe is in danger of falling from within, and that America may not be too far behind.

They point out that the Muslim fundamentalists are using America’s own multiculturalism against her.  We won’t declare an official language, we pride ourselves on our tolerance of all peoples and faiths, and we shudder when our greatest sin of slavery and racism is brought up to us.  This is currently their greatest weapon; not terror.  By slowly demanding more and more recognition and special rights, and calling any who protest a bigot, they can systematically break down the United States from within, much as Western Europe is currently experiencing.

One scholar in particular, Walid Shoebat, is very in-tune.  He’s a Palestinian, and a former member of the PLO who actually signed up to be a suicide bomber and had the explosives strapped to him before he changed his mind at the last minute and fled from the grip of the Islamic fascists.  He details his story, and we even see for ourselves on a Muslim talk show how even a 12 year old child calls in and declares he can’t wait to wear a bomb and die for Allah, taking as many non-believers as possible with him.  Listening to the elders praise this boy for his dedication will unnerve you like nothing else you’ve seen.

He also discusses the edict from the Koran that Muslims are to show a different face to their enemies while building enough strength to wage war.  He himself was in America at the time of the first Gulf War, and admits how when he was amongst Americans, he expressed sorrow over any deaths of our soldiers, but gathered with fellow Muslims in his home to cheer “Allah is great” over the same American casualties.

Muslims believe that dying in the cause of their jihad, or holy war, is the only guarantee of paradise in the hereafter.  Or at least Muhammad and his succession of leaders tell their people that, while keeping their lives on earth so miserable that ANY hereafter would be preferable.  Whether or not they actually buy this for themselves is questionable.  Remember Saddam Hussein in the spider hole?  Though he was armed, he elected not to give himself to Allah and his heavenly rewards by going out fighting the American soldiers who discovered him, and instead begged for his life to be spared.

These Muslims see themselves engaged in a war against our faiths and ways of life.  We do everything we can NOT to see it as such.  And the subjects in this film warn us that this is the very heart of their plan.  One day we will realize we are in a struggle against what Islam and its clearly stated purpose stands for.  Whether or not it comes too late to save any semblance of democracy is a chapter of history yet to be written.

Even now, as I write this, the leader of Iran is openly preparing nuclear weapons, and not the least bit shy about his belief that Israel should be erased and that the Islamic end times are about to come.  Meanwhile, the West wages a very cautious war restrained by every politically correct piece of diplomacy we can muster.  The West prides itself on compassion and mercy, but her enemies are using that to their advantage.

This movie is startling and compelling, not because it offers propaganda or sensationalism, but because it strips all pretense down to the very basic and very obvious facts as put forth in the Koran, other Islamic holy texts, and many hundreds of years of unflinching history.  It reads either as a wake-up call or a future epitaph.  Both are grim realities, but one is clearly much more grim than the other.

Video *

The box claims standard format, but the disc is actually in anamorphic widescreen.  It’s obviously low budget and shot on video, and as such, it’s somewhat lacking visually.  Images are a little murky and soft throughout, and despite being a fairly short movie, the presentation is heavy on grain and compression.  Watchable, to be sure, but far from exemplary.

Audio **

The soundtrack features front right, center and left channels, plus an active subwoofer signal, though I never noted any frequencies low enough to warrant one.  It’s mostly dialogue, and is mostly clear throughout, without a lot of dynamic range or punch.

Features *

The only extras are accesses to texts from your screen.

Summary:

Islam: What the West Needs to Know is a quiet, unassuming affront to all the values the West holds most dear, and suggests that those values may prevent us from recognizing what we face until it’s too late.  Whatever the future holds, we can no longer say we were never warned.

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