Dear Muslim Film Protestors: You’re Acting Like Idiots. Stop it.
So this video comes out insulting Muhammed, your Prophet. Obviously the guy who made it’s an asshole. So you break out into a whole panoply of angry protests against this movie, and these protests also include a whole lot of “death to America” stuff–flag burning, Obama effigy burning, etc. You set fire to an American school in Tunisia, smash stuff in the German embassy in Sudan. The guy who made the video? Laughing his ass off, because YOU JUST PROVED HIS POINT.
If you had enough internet access to look up this video then you had enough internet access to look up the story behind the video. The guy who made it lied, said he was Israeli and had 100 Jewish donors, because he wanted to get you guys to chant “death to the Jews” in the streets and thus paint you as ignorant anti-Semites. He made it as crudely insulting as humanly possible, because he wanted to get you Muslims so mad that you’d erupt in rage, the more violent the better, the wider-ranging the better. And you idiots played right into his hands.
He had help, of course–the professional terrorists who staged the attack on the Libyan embassy. Ironically, if my theory is correct and those professional terrorists using the protests as cover were in fact CIA agents, then your translation of the rage over the video into general America-hatred actually has a point–but it doesn’t matter. Because the ambassador they killed was, by all accounts, a good guy. The ambassadors in the other embassies you’re trying to storm are probably also good people, idealistic civil servant types. The right hand of the government doesn’t know what the left hand is doing–you have to understand this to understand anything about how US government actually works.
Hillary Clinton got it exactly right in her speech about the video: “It appears to have a deeply cynical purpose…to denigrate a great religion and to provoke rage.”
And it worked, obviously. The jingoistic pundits on CNN are showing footage of angry Muslim mobs followed by moving eulogies of the people murdered at the American embassy in Libya, followed by solemn questioning of whether the “Arab Spring” was really such a good thing after all. THAT is the point. Use a bigoted video to incite angry, sometimes violent protests, follow up with a well-timed “terrorist” attack, and let the American TV-watching public conclude that those Muslims/Arabs are just a bunch of animals who can’t handle democracy–better for everybody’s safety if the US takes control.
Don’t you see? You’re playing a part that somebody else has scripted, somebody who either has a bunch of wacko Christian ideas about provoking a war in the Middle East in order to bring about Armageddon, or just wants to make sure the new Arab governments don’t become so democratic that they refuse to let US oil companies in. Stop playing your part. Stop being goddam puppets. You want to protest, do it peacefully, in both action and rhetoric. I know you’re angry, but THINK about what you want to achieve. You can still do that, right?