Thursday, September 20, 2012

It’s too easy to lay all the blame on a crude video

It's not the video, it's Islam, stupid.  The latest bout of mindless Islamic rioting and murder over the half ass video ridiculing the pedophile Mohammed is examined in this article.


It’s too easy to lay all the blame on a crude video

Margaret Wente

The Globe and Mail

Published Tuesday, Sep. 18 2012, 2:00 AM EDT

Last updated Monday, Sep. 17 2012, 7:47 PM EDT

I nearly drove into a tree when I heard liberal commentators on the radio blaming a crude anti-Islamic video for the widespread outbreak of violent street protests by angry Muslims. “We have to remember that speech has consequences,” one of them warned. The protests spread to more than a dozen countries, including Somalia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and even downtown Sydney in Australia, where a young child held up a sign that said, “Behead all those who insult the Prophet.”

Supporters of Islamic political movement Hizb ut-Tahrir protest outside the US Embassy in London against the US made anti-Muslim film mocking the Prophet Mohammad, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012

But I was stunned when the U.S. administration blamed the video, too. “What sparked the recent violence was the airing on the Internet of a very hateful, very offensive video that has offended many people around the world,” explained Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, on a Sunday talk show. The line was that the protests were directed against the video, not the U.S. – which might come as a surprise to the folks who were burning American flags and chanting, “Obama, Obama, we love Osama.”

Well, I guess blaming the video is easier than facing the facts. Back in 2009, President Barack Obama went to Cairo and promised to reset the U.S. relationship with the Arab world. Unlike his predecessor, he sympathized with Muslim aspirations. Muslims were anti-American because of bad American policies, and he would fix that.

Things didn’t quite work out as planned. Back then, 70 per cent of Egyptians had an unfavourable opinion of the U.S. Today, 79 per cent do.

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