November 26, 2012

Fight the Power of al-Qaeda's Images

Tony Blair, London Evening Standard

AP Photo

If you have ever looked at a film on an al Qaeda website — and I don’t recommend it — you’ll be struck by how Hollywood it looks. Lawrence of Arabia crossed with Che Guevara. Much waving of scimitars and stirring music followed by obligatory shots of terrorists with their AK47s in a desert. However they rate as pieces of cinema, you know how many lives can be tracked back to these websites. Do none of those seduced by these images notice how Western and fake it all looks? People of faith can do better than that at getting out their alternative message. In the authentic expression of faith and feelings about religion, young people competing in the Tony Blair Faith Foundation’s Faith Shorts competition tonight make a better job of getting out their message...

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