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Will any American company host "Fitna?" Update: Wilders says, "If need be, I'll personally distribute DVDs;" Dutch court to rule

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By Michelle Malkin  •  March 22, 2008 07:56 PM

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It’s like the American media and the Danish cartoons all over again.

US-based Network Solutions was supposed to have hosted Dutch politician Geert Wilders’ anti-Islam mini-documentary due out tonight.

Now, via Allahpundit and many readers, there’s this message currently running on the site where the “Fitna” movie should be:

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What the h-e-double-hockey-sticks? Just last week, Network Solutions said it was prepared for any uproar when it stepped up to the plate and agreed to host the documentary:

A leading U.S.-based Internet company says it’s ready for any electronic attacks that may come its way for hosting a Web site featuring a provocative short film that is critical of the Koran. The movie, made by a controversial Dutch politician and due for release any time now, has sparked protests in the Islamic world and concerns in Europe.

In recent days, the Dutch prime minister has reiterated warnings that his country’s citizens and businesses could be attacked because of the film; the European Union’s executive commission has confirmed it sent talking points on the film to E.U. missions abroad; and NATO’s secretary general has voiced concern that the film could increase the risk to Dutch troops serving in Afghanistan.

Outspoken right-wing Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders said he made the movie to support his contention that the Koran — which Muslims revere as the revealed word of Allah to the prophet Mohammed — inspires “intolerance, murder and terror.”

He hopes to find a television network willing to broadcast the 15-minute documentary, entitled “Fitna” (“strife” in Arabic), but also plans to post it on the Internet. He has set up a Web site for this purpose, which currently carries only an image of the Koran alongside the text, “Geert Wilders presents Fitna. Coming Soon.”

The site is hosted by Network Solutions, a northern Virginia-based tech company that manages about seven million Internet domain names.

Asked whether the company expects the site to draw much interest or strong reaction, spokeswoman Susan Wade said Wednesday said she could not say how much traffic the site was drawing, “but we are always prepared for any kind of denial-of-service attack, whether it be from anywhere for any reason. It’s something that we’re always preparing for.”

If people have complaints about the content of Web sites hosted by the company, she said, they could report it.

“We have an acceptable-use policy that all customers agree to. [In the event of complaints] we would review the content, and take any necessary action.”

Robert Spencer calls the step “preemptive censorship.”

Otherwise known as the cringe of dhimmitude.

So will any American hosting company have the balls to host “Fitna?”

Stay tuned.

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Macsmind hosts a blogburst protest of Network Solutions.

Here’s Network Solutions’ customer support/contact page.

From Creeping Sharia: Can’t find the official “Fitna” site on Google Search either.

Kyros is Fitna blogging.

Update 10:33pm Eastern. Reuters reports…

A U.S.-based web service, which Islam critic and Dutch right-wing lawmaker Geert Wilders planned to use to show his film critical of the Koran, said on Saturday that it had inactivated the site due to complaints. “This site has been suspended while Network Solutions is investigating whether the site’s content is in violation of the Network Solutions Acceptable Use Policy,” the company said on the site www.fitnathemovie.com.

Wilders, who has given few details about his 15-minute film, has said he plans to release ‘Fitna’ on the Internet before the end of the month after Dutch broadcasters declined to show it. Fitna is a Koranic term sometimes translated as “strife”. Wilders still plans to show his film despite the setback, Dutch agency ANP reported.

“If need be, I will personally distribute DVDs in the Dam,” ANP quoted him as saying. The Dam is the central square in Amsterdam, popular with both the Dutch and tourists.

And a Dutch court is set to rule on a Muslim lawsuit to ban the film:

A Dutch court has agreed to examine a lawsuit filed by a Muslim group to ban an anti-Qur’an film by a hot-headed far-right lawmaker as the government launched a diplomatic offensive to limit the expected fallout.

“It’s a request for summary judgment,” Hague District Court spokeswoman Paula Koning was quoted as saying by Agence France-Presse (AFP).

The Islamic Federation has asked the court to appoint a panel of experts to review the documentary prepared by MP Geert Wilder and see if it should be banned.

The court will rule on the Muslim lawsuit by March 28.

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