The Jordanian Prosecutor General on Tuesday charged Geert Wilders, producer of anti-Islam film Fitna with five counts of blasphemy which can carry a maximum sentence of three years in prison. The prosecutor also sent a subpoena through the Dutch embassy to bring Wilders for trial. From what I understood, seeing as he doesn’t reside in Jordan, this doesn’t mean much unless we ask individual countries that he visits to extradite him, which would limit his freedom of movement.
As dumb as it sounds to hold citizens of other countries accountable by our laws, I think this is a very peaceful form of protest. I’ll take lawsuits over angry embassy-vandalizing mobs any day. Plus, he got off easy if you ask me. What saddens me, however, is this gap between cultures that seems to be growing in light of the recent events. Extremists from both sides instigating hatred and discrimination against the other. Whatever happened to civilised discussion?
This is depressing.