“Dear Muslims, Christians, Hindus, and Jews,
“You’re living in the age of the Internet. Your religion will be mocked, and the mockery will find its way to you. Get over it.
“If you don’t, what’s happening this week will happen again and again. A couple of idiots with a video camera and an Internet connection will trigger riots across the globe. They’ll bait you into killing one another.
“Stop it. Stop following their script.”
Read the rest of William Saletan’s commentary here.
Surely no more than a handful of the thousands of demonstrators in the Middle East and North Africa have even seen the 14-minute amateur video.
Theirs is not a protest against an anti-Islam “film” made for the express purpose of inciting violence.
Why do people take the bait?
How do American Muslims distance themselves from their idiot behavior?
“The public face for the anti-Muslim film inflaming the Middle East is not the filmmaker, but an insurance agent and Vietnam War veteran whose unabashed and outspoken hatred of radical Muslims has drawn the attention of civil libertarians, who say he’s a hate monger.”
Read more about Steve Klein here.
An interesting essay on the “Innocence of Muhammad” fallout here.
“The group behind the film, in other words, managed to evoke all the classic themes of anti-Semitism as a way of disguising the Coptic and evangelical network out of which the ‘film’ came.”
“So the Butterfly Effect set off by a low-budget bad propaganda film gotten up by two-bit frauds and Christian supremacists, and then promoted by two-bit Egyptian and Libyan fundamentalists, has provoked some squalls and cost the lives of four good men.
“The storm provoked by this butterfly has revealed character on an international scale. The steely determination of an Obama to achieve justice, the embarrassing grandstanding of a Romney, the destructive hatred of a handful of extremists in Cairo and Benghazi, and the decency and warmth toward the US of the Libyan crowds, all were thrown into stark relief by the beating of the butterfly’s wings.”
[The “butterfly effect”: a butterfly flapping its wings might set off minor turbulence that ultimately turns into a hurricane.]