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Julio Iglesias, Fitna and

The Seductive Sounds of Hatred and Cruelty

My wife was just mad about Julio Iglesias. He was not yet well known in Canada when she returned from a vacation in South America with one or more of his albums. The first time she played his songs for me, for us, I became a fan.

I did not understand a word he sang, but his melodies were captivating and he had such a beautiful voice. She said his songs were all about love and I believed her. Years later, when he started recording in English the same songs I had heard in Spanish, I believed her even more.

Geert Wilders is leader of the Party for Freedom (PVV), the third-leading political party in the Netherlands at this writing. In the spirit of Theodoor van Gogh, he also made a film about Islam.

I have seen his film Fitna, and yes, it is provocative--images of dead and mutilated bodies will do that--but it is the background mesmerizing acapella rendition of verses from the Koran that grabs and holds your attention.

If you don’t understand Arabic you can almost imagine yourself making love to an acapella (singing without instrumental accompaniment) rendering of Allah's revelations, except that, unlike the verses of Julio Iglesias, they have mostly nothing to do with love.

If the violence and hate that are contained in verses sung acapella broadcast to the Islamic community in Arabic were heard in English, on MTV for example, there would be an uproar. Non-Muslims would be appalled that impressionable young minds are subjected to so much sadistic violence forcefully expressed in a lyrical, seductive manner.

The PVV would make the Koran for adults only. It may not be a bad idea.

Bernard Payeur