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Triumph des Caliphs

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By See-Dubya  •  January 10, 2007 03:33 AM

Leni Riefenstahl’s 1935 film “Triumph des Willens” (Triumph of the Will) went a long way toward making the Nazis look cool, or at least, rather less like a bunch of pasty sausage-gobbling dorkozoids.

Now, consider this “promotional” film for the radical Muslim group Hizb-ut-Tahrir (more about them here and here). Although they take themselves every bit as seriously as the Nazis, they just don’t quite manage the Riefenstahl panache:

It is a small consolation that our fascist enemies in the current war are somewhat less telegenic than the Nazis, if ultimately every bit as dangerous and savage. One wonders whether the event advertised in that video will someday be remembered as the Aussie equivalent of a Munich beer-hall putsch. Fortunately Australia is recruiting more spies to deal with the problem.

In case you were wondering about the date mentioned in the video, March 3rd, 1924 is when Mustafa Kemal Ataturk abolished the Ottoman Empire and the Caliphate. (“Khilafa”, the name of this conference, means “Caliphate”).

More on this at Ace, LGF, and Tim Blair.

PS: Australians are shocked, shocked to find Saudi extremism going on.

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