Sunday, September 14, 2008

Radical Islam Documentary In Today’s Paper

As I leafed through today’s Columbus Dispatch, I found a one hour DVD version of the documentary "Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West". I have seen trailers for this documentary online before. The makers of Obsession describe their documentary:
"This award-winning documentary is an expose of Radical Islam. Obsession provides the facts and historical perspectives needed to understand the extent and magnitude of the global conflict with Radical Islam. Using footage from Arabic T.V. rarely seen in the West and interviews with former terrorists, Obsession depicts suicide bomber initiations, secret jihad meetings, indoctrination of young children, and private celebrations of 9/11. Islamic politics are viewed from an angle usually unseen by Western audiences. The West’s inability to accurately assess and evaluate the current global threat is shown".
I have started to watch this extended sample and it is well made. It is important to understand, as they state in the beginning, that this is not a movie about the everyday, average Muslim. This movie is about the radicals who high jacked the religion for violent and political reasons. Every religion seems to have those who bastardize their teachings. So many people were slaughtered during the Crusades in the name of Christianity, for example.

So what are your thoughts? Did you get a DVD in your paper? Will you watch it? Have you? What are your thoughts?

This is a pretty aggressive marketing plan (to say nothing of expensive). On the card stock the DVD is attached to, they list all of the newspapers they have done this in. I can not seem to figure out a pattern. Can you? Is there one?

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