Last weekend, I attended the American Film Renaissance Festival in Hollywood. One of the more important films screened was titled “Islam: What the West Needs to Know.” In it, we see Nevada Senator Harry Reid delivering the following speech on the Senate Floor in October, 2001:

“I have been on the floor before, speaking about Islam and what a great religion it is. I have said before and I repeat that my wife’s primary physicians are two members of the Islamic faith, her internist and the person who has performed surgery on her. I know them well. I have been in their homes. I have socialized with them. I have talked about very serious things with them. We have helped each other with family problems.

“I have been to the new mosque with them in Las Vegas. They are wonderful people with great families. I have come to realize Islam is a good religion, it is a good way of life. Muslims maintain a good health code as their religion dictates, and they have great spiritual values as their religion dictates. It is too bad there are some people–evil people around the world–who would target the innocent in the name if Islam.”

More striking than Reid’s words was his body language: as Reid delivered the speech, which was halting and reverent, his head was bowed throughout. It appeared that the senator had already submitted.

The film also includes a short piece of a wrap-up of an al-Jazeera interview with Tony Blair, in which the power dynamic is bizarrely off. It isn’t clear who is doing whom the favor of an interview—the British prime minister, or the Arabic interviewer. Blair’s body is concaved and his tones hushed, making him seem rather obsequious in contrast to the al-Jazeera interviewer, who is sitting tall, with a nonchalant confidence, legs crossed calf to knee, exposing the full length of his white sock to the prime minister. At the end, we hear Blair lean in to say, “Shukran l’al-Jazeera” (“Thank you, al-Jazeera”). At no point does the interviewer return the thanks to the prime minister—at least not audibly or noticeably. The image of the British prime minister supplicating to the imperious Middle Eastern interviewer isn’t one that will go away soon.

One observes a similar dynamic in interactions between our Albanian KLA terrorist allies and former NATO Supreme Commander Wesley Clark, who in the 90s led the free world in doing the Muslims’ bidding to dismantle Yugoslavia. Watching the four-star American general pal around with the seedy, gangster-like rebel fighters, one gets a sense that the current balance of power is but temporary, and that the former general is addressing his future masters.