Monday, September 17, 2012


Events belie UN Ambassador Susan Rice’s insistence yesterday on several TV news shows that the people of Libya, Tunisia and Egypt love America

The anti-Islam film defiling the Prophet Mohammed was merely used as an excuse to bring out into the open the underlying widespread anti-Americanism in the Muslim world. The rioters not only attacked our embassies and consulates, but they also burned down a KFC and a Hardee’s in Tripoli, Lebanon. Furthermore, the anti-American demonstrations didn’t just occur in North Africa, the Mideast and Asia, but Muslims also demonstrated against the Great Satan in Australia, Britain and France.

I’ve watched the 14-minute trailer of The Innocence of the Muslims. It’s laughable. The worst acting I've ever seen. Where did they find the actors - on L.A.'s skid row? And the script must have been written by a fifth grader.

Obama reached out to the Muslim world and this is how it responded.

Chaos across the globe amid anger at American-made anti-Islam film

By Matt Blake

Mail Online
September 15, 2012

His face full of childish innocence yet with his tiny hands grasping a gun, a young boy in Lebanon paints a haunting picture of the extremes of violence underway after an American-made anti-Islam film inflicted chaos across the world.

Symbols of America and U.S. embassies have been targeted around the globe in a fourth day of protest after Tuesday's deadly raid on the American consulate in Libya.

Three people were killed on Friday - two in Tunisia and one in Egypt - as protesters battled with police armed with tear gas and rubber bullets and who sometimes fired into the air to try ward off the demonstrators from American embassies.

A black Islamic flag was raised over the U.S. embassy in Tunisia's capital, Tunis, after it was stormed by protesters who scaled the walls and set fire to cars. They tore down the Stars and Stripes and replaced it with the symbol of Islam; it remained there for hours before security forces pulled it down.

No U.S. staff were in the embassy in the city, where an American school has also been set on fire. A large cloud of black smoke rose around the U.S. embassy as stone-throwing protesters and police waged a pitched battle.

Thousands of demonstrators massed outside the embassy and several were seen climbing the outer wall of the embassy grounds and raising a flag on which was written the Muslim profession of faith. The protesters chanted 'Obama, Obama, we are all Osamas'.

One protester was seen throwing a computer out of a window, while others walked away with telephones and computers. Police responded by firing tear gas, live rounds killing two protesters and wounding 28.

A group of several dozen protesters briefly managed to enter the embassy compound and set fire to cars in an embassy parking lot. They were pushed back outside by police and special forces who continued to arrive on the scene.

It was the worst incident in clashes around the world - with angry protesters ransacking a KFC and Hardee's restaurant in Lebanon, police firing on protesters in Yemen, and unrest in Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Turkey and Jerusalem.

In London, an American flag was burned outside the U.S. embassy by protesters.

One protester was killed in Lebanon and twenty five wounded by police who opened fire as they cracked down on the mob who turned their anger on the American fast food chains.

A KFC in the northern city of Tripoli was set alight after the mob - many wearing face masks- ransacked the interior.

In Sudan, the American embassy was also attacked and smoke could be seen rising from the compound. Officials said a mob had been expelled from the compound with three protesters killed.

A spokesman said protesters had been ejected from the embassay in Sudan, adding 'they didn't get far'.

Elsewhere, police have fired on protesters outside the US embassy in Yemen today as a group of 2,000 attempted to march on the compound.

Libya closed its air space over Benghazi airport temporarily because of heavy anti-aircraft fire by Islamists aiming at U.S. reconnaissance drones flying over the city, after President Barack Obama vowed to bring the ambassador's killers to justice.

It adds to unrest in Bangladesh where tens of thousands have taken to the streets, and India - where there are widespread protests in Muslim Kashmir.

In Egypt's contested Sinai region, a mob stormed an international peacekeeping base injuring two Colombian troops while troops fired on protesters in Nigeria.

Protesters clashed with police near the U.S. embassy in Cairo, where one demonstrator was killed. Two Islamist preachers in Egypt told worshippers that those who made the movie deserved to die under Islamic law but they urged protesters not to take their anger out on diplomats.

Sudanese police were reportedly fighting back up to five thousand protesters who had gathered outside the building in the North African country's capital Khartoum. It is unclear how many staff were inside the mission, or whether they are all accounted for.

The same group have already stormed inside and set fire to the German embassy next door, before tearing down its national flag and hoisting the Islamic banner.

Since a 14-minute trailer for the movie, called The Innocence of Muslims, was posted on YouTube by its American producers, turmoil has spread across the Muslim world.

Hillary Clinton today called the film ' an awful internet video that we had nothing to do with'.

Protests have erupted in a string of countries across the Middle East and Africa, including Egypt, Lebanon, Qatar, Bangladesh, Kashmir, Pakistan, Bahrain, Palestine - as well as the Sudan.

Across the border, thousands of Egyptian protesters advanced on the US embassy near Tahrir Square in Cairo - in scenes potently reminiscent of the violent clashes that ravaged the city's streets during the Arab uprising last year.

Hurling stones and shouting slogans at the phalanx of heavily-armed riot police that stood in their way, returning fire with volleys of tear gas and rubber bullets in a bid to keep the oncoming crowds at bay.

As the violence continued throughout the day, Egypt's president Hosni Mubarak appealed for calm on live television, a day after Barack Obama issued a veiled warning to the region's leaders to quell the violence and protect America's embassies.

The Egyptian authorities had erected large concrete blocks to block the route to the embassy and deployed hundreds of police.

'Before the police, we were attacked by Obama,' shouted one demonstrator, blaming U.S. President Barack Obama and the U.S. government for insulting the Prophet.

One banner held aloft by demonstrators read: 'It is the duty of all Muslims and Christians to kill Morris Sadek and Sam Bacile and everyone who participated in the film.'

Several demonstrators - some bearded Islamists wearing traditional gallabiya robes and others youths and young men in T-shirts and jeans - waved green and black flags with Koranic verses on them.

The unrest has raised serious questions over whether the US should cut the billions of dollars in aid it sends to Egypt.

Barack Obama has already issued a veiled warning of possible repercussions if those governments do not quell the unrest and protect America's embassies.

On the subject of Egypt, which the US currently supplies over $1.5billion in aid, he told Telemundo: 'I don't think that we would consider them an ally, but we don't consider them an enemy.

'They're a new government that is trying to find its way. They were democratically elected. I think that we are going to have to see how they respond to this incident.'


bob walsh said...

There is something to be said for carpet bombing to aid attitude adjustment.

bob walsh said...

It is probably in our best interest to ensure that the teeming masses in Egypt are not starving as well as ignorant. That being said, they seem to be unwilling to understand that people in this country have the right to free speech and that the government can not stop crappy movies from being made.

Perhaps rather than worrying so much about American's offending the sensibilties of Islam our government should be trying to explain why it can't, won't and sholdn't restrict the rights of people here to make stupid, boorish and insentitive movies. If they don't like it, maybe we should let them starve for a while, on general principles. Maybe a little bit of hunger will get them into a receptive frame of mind.

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