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Friday, September 14, 2012

Blood on their hands

Did far right hatred against Islam trigger the violence in Egypt and Libya that killed four Americans? Emerging evidence suggests the answer is yes.

The full picture of what took place this week remains somewhat murky. But one constant in all the accounts is "Innocence of Muslims," an anti-Islam video produced in the United States and promoted by Terry Jones, the right wing Florida pastor who previously enraged the Muslim world by burning a Koran.

And Mitt Romney, who muzzled the hard right for the one week of the GOP convention, continues to pander to the wing nuts with his ill-considered remarks blasting the Obama administration for condemning the film.

ABC News and the Washington Post reveal a web of lies and distortions in the making of the film by a convicted drug manufacturer with a string of aliases and false stories. Actors claim to have been duped about the intent, with new words dubbed over what they read from the script.

The international picture has become complicated by Egypt's botched initial response to the film and the violence it generated, and inadvertently gave the right's Public Enemy No. 1, Barack Hussein Obama, the opportunity to display the type of leadership that Romney lacks, as proven by his inflammatory bluster.

The far right remains Romney's worst nightmare as he attempts to Etch a Sketch his positions and appeal to a broader segment of the electorate. His knee-jerk attempt to appease them, meddling in a volatile international incident, hardly reflects the type of cool-headed leadership required to handle these types of crises.

The hard right is unlikely to refute the provocateurs: this is precisely what it lives for. But if the broad public comes to the conclusion that anti-Islam paranoia indeed had a role in triggering international violence, we will be talking about the September Surprise that doomed the Romney presidential bid.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The practice of free speech in this country should never be hindered. It is one of our cornerstones, and whether it's the crucifix displayed in urine(as has happened)or cartoons of mohamed the right of free speech (not actions) trumps all. If it inflames their sensibilities then so be it. We have freedom OF religion and they need to respect that, they need to develop freedom FROM religion.

September 14, 2012 7:47 AM  
Anonymous Tyran said...

Sure Anon,

But freedom of speech doesn't necessitate freedom from criticism and ridicule.

We can hold free speech paramount, while in the same breath asking these fucktards WTH is wrong with them. On both sides.

If you use your right to only incite, you're going to get a free speech piece of MY mind.

September 14, 2012 10:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely, and if any ideas or responses start to move outside the verbal(print,movie) arena they should be dealt with accordingly. But the expression of ideas is what is exposing Islam as a backward archaic religion. Build a church in Saudi Arabia? that's OK? But it is their country and if they want to remain cavemen so be it. In our country we're free to call them cavemen and that's the way it should be. Waving a red flag at a bull invites a response, but he's an animal. They must be too.

September 14, 2012 11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The right haven't just been using speech against Islam though, they have been burning mosques in the south the way they burned black churches in the 50s and 60s. Thats not speech, and I don't hear you guys decrying that violence.

September 14, 2012 11:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone who burns a house of worship should go to jail for 20 years, whether it's a mosque in Alabama or a cathedral in Alhambra.

September 14, 2012 11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll also point out it Libya, these hard line extremists have been razing historic Mosques not deemed "religious enough".

The problem isn't religion or freedom of speech. It's the growing threat of fundamentalist. Be it Islamic, Christian, or Jewish.

September 14, 2012 3:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And where in the world would you rather be a moderate perhaps a Christian, Jewish or Muslim country? Statistically where are you more likely to be killed? Islam is an infection best kept in their own areas, where their own people are the major victims. We need to disengage from Arab countries, leave them to their own destruction, arm Israel to the teeth, and let the Sunni/Salafi/Shia radicals perform Darwinism on a grand scale.

September 14, 2012 5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You need to look no farther than the increase of $500K on the fatwa reward for killing Salmon Rushdie. Muslims do not belong in civil society as long as those types of edicts are coming from the Muslim world. If the radicals are only 1% of the total, why can't the majority stop them?

September 17, 2012 4:48 AM  

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