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Hopefully, It Reaches a General Audience
on 1 March 2012
"Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West," a documentary by Wayne Kopping, is nothing if not controversial. And, it may, indeed, be a bit one-sided. But everybody is entitled to express their point of view in this country.
Kopping has found and integrated many little-known clips from Arabic-language television, including one horrifying little drama about Jews seeking a boy's blood to make their Passover matzos. He also draws explicit parallels between the Nazi German hatred of Jews, and the hatred of Jews we are now seeing among Islamic radical anti-Americans. He has interviewed Sir Martin Gilbert, well-known historian; Professor Robert Wistrich, and Prof. Alan Dershowitz, among others. His aim: to show us the level of hatred the Islamic radicals are teaching their young, their desire to incite global jihad, and their aim of world domination.
In recent years these terrorists have, of course, attacked New York's World Trade Center twice, the Pentagon, transportation systems in London and Madrid, hotels in Bali and Egypt, American shipping, soldiers' barracks and embassies, and we've seen all this carnage in color on our TV's. Yet we see here a clip of left-winger Michael Moore denying terrorism exists, and we hear that various other deniers claim that Jewry and/and or the American government itself are responsible for this bloodshed. And who can forget Ward Le Roy Churchill, former professor of ethnic studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, who, shortly after the attacks of 9/11/2001, wrote an article entitled "On the Justice of Roosting Chickens," in which he claimed that people killed in the WTC attack had somehow brought it upon themselves.
So this film may function as a useful corrective to all these many deniers that surround us. Meanwhile, we can but hope that it's not so alarmist and propagandist as to be unacceptable to the open-minded general audience, and thereby end up preaching only to the choir.
Wayne Kopping, the filmmaker, may be best known for his film and television work in South Africa where he has worked both in front of and behind the camera. He has also produced several commercials and music videos, and an award-winning short documentary about Nelson Mandela. The writer/director previously co-directed & edited the documentary "Relentless: The Struggle for Peace in the Middle East," a film about the failure of the Oslo Peace Accords. Here's hoping his work is able to reach people who can benefit from seeing it.