Thursday, September 13, 2012

Freedom Hating Terrorists or Reaction to Foreign Policy or an Imbecile's Movie?

Two days ago the U.S. Embassies in Cairo Egypt and Sanaa Yemen were attacked. Protestors scaled the walls and burned U.S. flags. It was far worse in Benghazi Libya, where four people including the U.S. diplomat were killed in a lengthy nocturnal gun battle. Today there are reports of protests occurring all over the Muslim world, including Bangladesh, Sudan, Iran, and Tunisia. Tomorrow is the Holy Day of Friday, and it would seem that after the noon prayer there will be violence directed towards the U.S. in many parts of the world. Why?

According to the U.S. media, these are small pockets of terrorists who hate our freedom. The vast majority of the people of Libya and Egypt love the U.S., and they are our friends. They condemn these extremists for dampening our cozy relationship, especially on the anniversary of 9-11. 

The Arab media, and the whole Muslim world, instead focusses on a disgusting digital movie trailer called "Innocence of Muslims"  that depicts Muhammad as a bisexual idiotic pedophile who converts a talking donkey to Islam. Now that the video is viral, the people involved with it are scrambling out of a legitimate fear for their lives. The main person responsible, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, seems to be the "Sam Bacile" who directed and produced. It would seem that he probably won't be alive a year from now without some serious government intervention. Several actors and actresses are claiming they were duped by the imbecile Sam Bacile. They filmed scenes, they claim, for a movie called "Desert Warriors" that wasn't about religion at all. This is all very reminiscent of the Danish Muhammad cartoons, as well as Theo van Gogh.

But could a tasteless video trailer spark a cultural war? I'm thinking that perhaps this is "the perfect storm." With tensions between Iran and Israel growing daily it wouldn't surprise me to see Netanyahu order a bombing of the nuclear facilities in Iran. Then there's the presidential election in the U.S., with the consensus being war would benefit Romney. It would seem that once again we are at a precipice where an individual can create global tragedy. I'm reminded of Amir's assassination of Rabin that ended the push for Israel/Palestinian peace, or the criminals who flew the planes on September 11th. 

What no media is pushing is a much more complicated story about U.S. foreign policy since World War I, but especially since the end of WWII. I have educated Muslim friends in the Middle East, and they would claim that while the "Innocence of Muslims" is a spark, this fire is fueled by the past 50 years of foreign policy in which we supported ruthless dictators and fought unjust wars to fulfill our oil interests. Now I am going to say a prayer for the world tomorrow, but before that, check out the Wikipedia page for "Innocence of Muslims." Perhaps the battle for the soul of the earth is being fought out there.


Anonymous said...

There is quite a lot more to this incident than just failed foreign policy Mr. Homen. In Islam, all the Prophets (about one hundred twenty four thousand according to Prophet Mohammed pbuh) must be respected with utmost respect. That includes Isa (Jesus), Musa (Moses). The American culture seems to disrespect everyone including Isa pbuh often times. You might then wonder why Muslims only show their anger and frustration when Mohammed pbuh is disrespected is because he is the one Prophet the Christians or the Jewish peoples do not acknowledge. We do not want his image tarnished in anyway like how the Bible portrays it's prophets. Instead Prophet Mohammed pbuh is supposed to be the role model for how to live life.

But this also doesn't excuse the Islamic community from being violent about it. But then again it's not the whole Islamic community, just the idiots in these countries at war. As a Muslim myself, I'd just turn my head in other direction and mind my own business about that hateful video. Over 2.5 million Muslims in America, how many of us are blowing stuff up and going crazy over this? But overall, I found your piece an interesting read.

Also "Tomorrow is the Holy Day of Friday?" What is that? Friday is not a holy day in Islam, but it is the day for the special prayer of Jummah. Also when our sermons are presented like how Christians do on Sundays.

-signed: Just a passing through

David said...

How about you get this guy on your next episode of . . . "THE THEOLOGIANS" ?!

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