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Very Good, but a few issues
, December 7, 2007
This review is from: Farewell Israel: Bush, Iran, and The Revolt of Islam (DVD)
1) Excellent overview on the history of Islam and the Muslim people, their core beliefs and attitudes towards non-believers, and the history of conflict with the West, the Jews and Israel.
2) Good balance on how much time covers what. The first hour covers the 6th century through the 19th century. The last hour and a half covers the 19th century through the 21st.
3) Good usage of archival footage and Muslim art.
4) Very neutral in its reporting on the history and beliefs Islam. For the most part, I don't sense Joel Gilbert has an agenda (except for the last 10 minutes) or is trying to get you to hate or like Islam. Furthermore, he reports uncomfortable facts that don't get much press coverage.
5) This is the best crash course on Islam I've ever seen in video form. Obviously, more research could be done by the viewer to get a better understanding of the faith and conflict. But the purpose of this video is not to explain every detail or perspective on the faith. It's "Islam 101" in a nutshell.
1) The volume of information is so hefty, it's like drinking from a fire hydrant. Fortunately, there's Pause and Rewind.
2) I am left wondering where Joel Gilbert got his religious/historical information. Where's your bibliography? How would I find the primary sources if I wanted to use this information in a research paper? Any suggestions on further reading? And just who is Joel Gilbert anyway? [To answer this, please see the comment below.]
3) Some of the archival footage gets played several times in the movie. That gets old after a while.
4) In the last 10 minutes, Mr. Gilbert pulls the gloves off and works at trying to get you to his conclusions about Bush, Islamic relations and Israel. You're not left to consider many options other than his perspective.
5) Mr. Gilbert criticizes President Bush for playing into the hands of Al Qaeda by going to war after 9/11. So, if land-for-peace won't solve the problem, socialism won't solve the problem and war won't solve the problem, then what will Mr. Gilbert? He gives no options.
6) Perhaps answering #5 above, Mr. Gilbert says there will only be peace if Israel falls under Muslim rule. In fact, he treats it as a fait-a-compli. Mr. Gilbert believes that Israel is destined to fall, and that what will ensue will be another holocaust of Jewry. Bleak outcome, no hope, and it leaves you mighty depressed. You might want to hit stop after 2:15.
7) The subtitle is "Bush, Iran, and the Revolt of Islam". The video really doesn't talk much about Bush or Iran, and only in the last 10 minutes. Maybe this was the working title during production, and they decided to stick with it?
I would highly recommend watching (most) of this video to introduce people to current events regarding the Muslim world. For many, however, the length may scare them away. For those who believe the west is battling "terrorism", I highly recommend you watch this video. Terrorists are often called "extremists" in the media, and by our President. While it's true that less than 1% of Muslims are terrorists, the culture of terrorist acceptance is widespread and endemic in the Muslim religion and regions it encompasses. This may not be politically correct for those who believe all religions are "good", but if we want to survive as a society, we need to first identify what the enemy is (the ideas and culture), and then decide how best to address it. I would agree with Mr. Gilbert that most in the West have no idea what they are up against, and are viewing the Muslim geo-political worldview with rose colored glasses. Most Muslims don't want peace as we define it, they want "justice" as they define it.
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