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Saturday, August 25, 2007

God's Warriors - You Tube

God's Warriors - You Tube Links

Below is the 'New York Times' review:


Television Review 'God's Warriors'
Published: August 21, 2007

Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s chief international correspondent, is more tour guide and history teacher than reporter in “CNN Presents: God’s Warriors,” and that makes this ambitious look at three flavors of religious fundamentalism less than it could be.

This three-part series, which begins tonight on CNN, is a fine primer on the emergence of strains of Judaism, Islam and Christianity that want to fuse politics and religion, and have shown a willingness to blow things up and kill people to do it. But too often Ms. Amanpour relies on talking heads rather than on actual representatives of these groups, and when she does get a live specimen she rarely bores in with hard, blunt questions. Maybe that’s by design; the point seems to be to describe rather than challenge. Still, given the waves these movements are making, it would be nice to hear their leaders talk about what specifically they have to offer the world.

Tonight’s opening installment, “God’s Jewish Warriors,” seems particularly timid, spending more time than necessary on clips of the Six-Day War and other familiar historical episodes. The warriors are Jews who have forcefully pushed settlements into areas even the Israeli government has placed off-limits, making political inroads at the same time. We’ve already heard quite a lot from these people; Ms. Amanpour’s most interesting contribution is a segment on the fund-raising in the United States that supports them.

“God’s Muslim Warriors,” tomorrow, is sharper, with Ms. Amanpour finally showing some aggressiveness, on the issue of women’s rights under radical Islam, brashly confronting leaders about things like stonings. But mostly she’s polite and lets her subjects stay in their comfort zones. The most compelling interview in the segment is not with a radical but with a former radical, Ed Husain. And it turns out he’s just hawking a book.

In Part 3, “God’s Christian Warriors,” on Thursday, the focus shifts to the United States and its electoral politics. The issues on these Christian warriors’ minds seem positively quaint next to the agendas of the people in Parts 1 and 2. The episode includes the final interview with the Rev. Jerry Falwell, who died in May.


CNN, tonight at 9, midnight and 3 a.m., Eastern time; 6, 9 and midnight, Pacific time.

Christiane Amanpour, CNN chief international correspondent; Andy Segal, Jen Christensen and Steve Goldberg, contributors; Kathy Slobogin, managing editor; Mr. Segal, Michael Mocklar and Ken Shiffman, senior producers; Cliff Hackel and Dave Timko, directors, editors and producers; Brian Rokus, Ms. Christensen and Julie O’Neill, producers; Jody Gottlieb, executive director of CNN Productions

The following are youtube links to all parts of the program.

Jewish (10 parts)

Part # 1 http://youtube.com/watch?v=kkKhPLAyDsM
Part # 2
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Part # 10

Muslims (11 parts)

Part # 1 http://youtube.com/watch?v=xh7WkyaeRBg
Part # 2
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Part # 6
Part # 7
Part # 8
Part # 9
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Part # 11

Christians (11 parts)

Part # 1 http://youtube.com/watch?v=orG59apfX9I&mode=related&search=
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Part # 3
Part # 4
Part # 5
Part # 6
Part # 7
Part # 8
Part # 9
Part # 10
Part # 11

1 comment:


    After having seen much publicize preview of “God’s Warrior” on CNN international in Dubai, I was looking forward with some reservation to view one more documentary bashing Islam. However, I was very wrong in that assumption. CNN's three-part, six-hour documentary series "God's Warriors" by Christiana Amanpour was an interesting thought provoking and outstanding investigating reporting. The documentary was not easy on Muslims and did not dishonor any faith, but did bring about the main argument that violence is not an Islamic monopoly and nor should one link violence committed by person to their faith. We should pursue to fight all violence everywhere, and we should fight them not just by military might but more by winning the hearts and minds of the people, so as to reduce support for acts of violence and to reduce the attraction of acts of terror for those who see no means to redress due to oppression and suffering

    I enjoyed watching this wonderfully documentary, which illustrated the common grounds of all three Abraham faiths, especially Christianity and Islam with the echoes of similarity in the message. There is so much to learn from and to be said about God's Warrior. Christiana Amanpour hit some large vein of truth that is not aired by western media due to special interest groups and lobbyist. CNN should be applauded for such a non-propagandistic monumental undertaking and did fine job on the series. Hats off to CNN. As for Christiana Amanpour she won't win friends with this documentary, but will the target of boycott and intimidation.

    While the documentary was informative and impartial there were numerous omissions. Missing from the entire series was any mentioned of Zionism and hundreds of violations of UN resolution by Israel, nor any mentioned of Veto power used by US in favor of Zionist state. CNN chose to devote much time to the illegal settlements, but failed to reveal that the state of Israel was established with the same way of thinking, as shown in the documentary. Yet the focus of the documentary was that settlements were hindrance to "peace process". Ms. Amanpour failed to mention that the hindrance to the peace process is Zionism. Which through its' "God Warriors" actions, evicted and disposes million refuge from their homeland in 1948 known as NAKBA. No where did CNN mentioned the right to return of Palestinian to their home land which is a right guaranteed to them under the declaration of Human Rights. To CNN. I say, your ignoring of this fact, that the state of Israel was established upon suffering of another people, you have voiced your own bias in this matter. While attempting to educate the public about the influence of pro-Israel activities and relationship with Zionist Christians in US, CNN also failed to state that America's foreign policy and billions of tax dollars aid to Israel for last four decades is detrimental of all nations in the region and especially to the Palestinian people.

    While one of the most misleading aspect of the program was the conflict between Shiites and Sunnis which was overblown by Ms. Amanpour. She failed to mentioned the majority of Shia Muslims share all the core belief of Sunni Islam. Shia and Sunni have many things in common. They both believe in One God (Allah), follow the same Prophets Muhammad as the last Prophet, offer five daily prayers, perform the fast in the month of Ramadan, go to Mecca for pilgrimage (Hajj), recite the same Quran (Holy scriptures) and give alms – Charity (Zakat). There is no theological or spiritual dispute between Shia and Sunni; the differences are really ethnicity and political. While in the matter of Islamic jurisprudence, differences are minor. Sunnis and Shia’s are considered by most to be brethren in faith. In fact, most Muslims, not distinguish themselves by claiming relationship in any particular group, but prefer to call themselves simply “Muslims”.

    Overall I found the documentary to be balance, and covered all three religions and hopefully this documentary will create interfaith dialogue, better understanding of tolerance and respect of all religions and prevent bigotry, hatred and stereotyping one religion. .

    Mohammed Khaku

    Allentown, USA