In a nutshell: “if friendship between Egypt and the United States is contingent upon no American ever saying anything that will offend the religious sensibilities of Egyptians, then it is time to declare that friendship dead.”
So writes Tarek Masoud in “Is This the Clash of Civilizations?”.
He continues, “a few minutes of badly acted, badly scripted, badly filmed video are not suddenly going to knock Islam off its perch as one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing religions.”
Where are the adults?
“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.”
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