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German Authorities Confirm that Frankfurt Shooter Viewed De Palma Clip

The combination of fictional American “atrocities” and radical Islamic preaching appears to have led Arid Uka to kill.

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John Rosenthal

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March 11, 2011 - 8:28 am

According to the German wire service dapd, the German Attorney General’s Office has confirmed that the video clip viewed by the Frankfurt Airport shooter Arid Uka — and that allegedly provoked him to kill American soldiers — was indeed the rape scene from Brian De Palma’s fictional anti-Iraq War movie Redacted. Attorney General spokesperson Frank Wallenta confirmed the identity of the clip to the German television news magazine Spiegel TV.

Uka viewed the De Palma clip as part of a four-and-a-half minute propaganda video that was posted on a German-language YouTube page under the title “American Soldiers Rape our Sisters! Awake Oh Ummah.” The video was removed from YouTube shortly after the publication of a PJ Media report noting its existence and linking it. It can currently be viewed on The Daily Caller here.

In addition to the rape scene, the propaganda video contains three other scenes. One shows American soldiers breaking down the door of a family’s home and rushing into the home with guns raised; a second shows American soldiers touching Iraqi girls; and the third shows what appears to be an Arabic-language news report and attempts to revive a severely wounded pregnant woman who has been shot at an American checkpoint. The “reporter” is shown interviewing the woman’s fraught brother as attempts are made to save her life. The “reporter” then announces that the woman has died.

All four of the scenes are in fact fictional scenes taken from Brian De Palma’s film Redacted. Two shots of Arabic text, as well as some music and Arabic voice-over, have been added to the De Palma footage.

A March 6 report on Spiegel TV includes an interview with Pierre Vogel: a German convert to Islam and one of the best-known Islamic preachers in Germany. Vogel told Spiegel TV, “whether someone carries out a terrorist attack in which, for example, civilians are indiscriminately fired upon … or someone, acting out of rage, goes and shoots a soldier who, he assumes, is going to kill his brother the next day — for us, there is a gigantic difference [between the two cases].”

Pierre Vogel figured among Arid Uka’s Facebook friends. Uka’s Facebook page was removed from the internet shortly after its discovery. The Islamic proselytism organization Einladung zum Paradies [Invitation to Paradise] also figured among Uka’s Facebook friends. The website of Einladung zum Paradies features numerous recorded lectures by Pierre Vogel.

John Rosenthal writes on European politics and transatlantic security issues. You can follow his work at www.trans-int.com or on Facebook here.
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