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Over the past few days, citizens of Los Alamos have begun receiving copies of a DVD entitled “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West” in their mailboxes. This mailing is part of a campaign to distribute 28 million copies of this debunked and discredited three-year-old “documentary” throughout the most contested swing states in this year’s election. It is a blatant attempt by a shadowy “charity” calling itself the Clarion Fund to sway an election through fear.
The DVD itself is a mishmash of falsehoods and exaggerations sprinkled with very few facts. Jeff VanDenBerg, director of Middle East Studies at Drury University in Springfield, Mo, called the film “a blatant piece of anti-Muslim propaganda.” It misrepresents the statements of several fringe Islamic groups as attitudes of the mainstream, and it makes the demonstrably false claim that all terrorists are Muslim. Its purpose, in a nutshell, is to inspire fear in the American voter. In this goal, the producers and distributors have been sadly successful.
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