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Friday, September 14, 2012

So let me get this straight?

A deranged man makes a movie, or actually a trailer for a movie--titled, The Innocence of Muslims--and puts it on YouTube, and suddenly protests occur across the Middle East and lots of people (including an American diplomat) are dead.

And this was the plan on the man who made the movie?

From The Guardian:

Did an inflammatory anti-Muslim film trailer that appeared spontaneously on YouTube prompt the attack that left four US diplomats dead, including US ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens? American officials have suggested that the assault was pre-planned, allegedly by of one of the Jihadist groups that emerged since the Nato-led overthrow of Libya's Gaddafi regime. So even though the deadly scene in Benghazi may not have resulted directly from the angry reaction to the Islamophobic video, the violence has helped realize the apocalyptic visions of the film's backers.

Produced and promoted by a strange collection of rightwing Christian evangelicals and exiled Egyptian Copts, the trailer was created with the intention of both destabilizing post-Mubarak Egypt and roiling the US presidential election. As a consultant for the film named Steve Klein said: "We went into this knowing this was probably going to happen."

Klein is reportedly an insurance salesman and Vietnam veteran from Hemet, California. On his personal Facebook page, Altar or Abolish, Klein obsesses over the Muslim Brotherhood, describing the organization as "a global network of Muslims attacking to convert the world's 6 billion people to Islam or kill them". Klein urges a violent response to the perceived threat of Islam in the United States, posting an image to his website depicting a middle-American family with a mock tank turret strapped to the roof of their car. "Can you direct us to the nearest mosque?" read a caption Klein added to the photo.

You can watch the video here. I won't bother. Why?

CNN's description is enough for me: "An online trailer for the movie depicts Islam as a fraudulent religion bent on getting rid of nonbelievers. Cartoonish scenes show Mohammed as a womanizer, child molester and ruthless killer." Nothing like insulting a religion's prophet to get their upset, no?

So this appears to be the incredible story: Some right wing extremists with views similar to the man who massacred dozens of innocent people (mostly children) in Norway--who have a very negative and totally inaccurate view of Muslims around the world--made a "film" that was intended to incite violence. And it did. And people died, including Americans.

And we're focusing on the Muslims instead of the crazy person who made the "film?"

Then, to make matters worse, the Republican nominee for President blames the sitting Democratic President for the violence, saying he "sympathized with those who waged the attacks" and of issued "an apology for America's values."

Only in America. Only in America.

But at least some of the news organizations are on the story:

But of course NOT Fox News. This is their photo and headlines today:

Notice the focus on Fox is still on how violent Muslims are?

Clearly they are not paying attention.

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