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The NY Sun describes the extraordinary British TV video of undercover footage taken in British mosques now spreading via YouTube all over the Internet. Fausta has related links, and so does Gates of Vienna. Coincidentally, it illustrates the subject discussed in the previous post: the power of modern technology not only to spread lines but to counter them.
Thanks to the Internet, television borders, like national ones, have grown blurry. A program broadcast in one country can now be seen the same night in another, at least in YouTube-size segments. A good case in point is "Dispatches: Undercover Mosque," a secret investigation by Britain's Channel Four into anti-democratic, anti-Western preaching in reputedly moderate British mosques. The documentary, which was shown in Britain on Monday, was linked via YouTube on the Drudge Report the following day.
Radical Islam in Britain will also be featured tomorrow night on "CNN: Special Investigations Unit," a new series which sounds like something involving David Caruso, designer sunglasses, and murdered fashion models. In fact, this episode, "The War Within," stars Christiane Amanpour, and while it would be going too far to call it an unflinching look at Muslim extremism, it does at least look at it. But let's not give Ms. Amanpour, arguably the most famous female journalist in the world, too much credit. Oriana Fallaci lamented before her death last year that she had come so late to the most important story of her lifetime. She was talking about the growth of Islamic radicalism in Europe, and she was referring to its beginnings in the 1970s.
There was a time when people like Christiane Amanpour could be credited with uncovering what Oriana Fallaci had illuminated, but with any luck the Internet Way Back Machine will prevent that.