Most of the footage in Fitna is relatively well-known, but it remains powerful nonetheless.
The theme of the film is simple, as expressed in text displayed on-screen at the film’s end:
"Islam wants to rule, submit, and seeks to destroy our Western civilization"
"Now, the Islamic ideology has to be defeated."
"Stop Islamisation. Defend our freedom."
Wilders points out that Islam in itself, not "radical Islam" or "Islamofascism" or "Muslim fanatics," is the problem.
He observes that those who hold to the tenets of Islam as explicitly expressed throughout the Koran are obligated to pursue the overthrow of all non-Muslim people and individuals and their conversion to Islam, with violence as a legitimate and indeed honorable means of doing so.
Thus, he argues, Islam itself, as expressed in the Koran, is the great threat against the peace, safety, freedom, and indeed the very existence of the West.
Wilders’ argument against Muslim violence emphasizes freedom and voluntary action on all parts. He calls upon Muslims the world over to repudiate all verses in the Koran that advocate violence and jihad, saying that they have a moral obligation to tear those pages out of the Koran. (Not that there’s any likelihood of that.)
He applies the same logic to the West, arguing that governments should reject all policies that encourage Muslim separatism and enforcement of sharia law among Muslim populations in Europe or that encourage Muslim immigration. (Not that there’s much more likelihood of that, either.)
The structure of the film reflects these ideas.
Violence-advocating verses from the Koran are shown on-screen, followed by the consequences of those verses, shown in video footage of carnage created by Muslims against the West and one another in the name of their god, Allah.
Although none of the video footage should surprise anyone who follows the news, it is still powerful when placed in the form of an argument as direct and pointed as Wilder’s.
The original announcement of Wilders’ plans to make this film resulted in Muslim leaders threatening war against the West if it showed any footage of copies of the Koran being damaged in any way—vividly proving his point.