In case you haven’t heard, all hell broke loose in the Middle East last night.
The United States ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, was killed along with three of his staff members in a fiery and furious attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi on Tuesday night by an armed mob angry over a short American-made video mocking Islam’s founding prophet, the White House and Libyan officials said on Wednesday.
In response to the attack, the U.S. embassy in Libya put out a statement — probably written by someone fearing his or her head might soon be chopped off — basically saying that while the U.S. supports all of its citizens’ right to free speech, it does not agree with the content of the angry Islamic extremist mob-inspiring video. So then, of course, Mitt Romney came out to blast Obama for being soft on terrorists and defending Americans’ right to free speech by proxy, and now the Democrats are all “How dare you politicize such a tragedy” and OH GOD POLITICS AND RELIGIOUS FANATICS SOMEBODY MAKE IT STOP.
In all seriousness though, all of this was sparked by an “amateur filmmaker” with the backing of that Koran-burning retard Terry Jones down in Florida. And, naturally, the aforementioned “amateur filmmaker” has gone into hiding, like a damn coward, after a video he posted to YouTube caused some Islamic fundamentalists to lose their minds.
Speaking by phone Tuesday from an undisclosed location, writer and director Sam Bacile remained defiant, saying Islam is a cancer and that the 56-year-old intended his film to be a provocative political statement condemning the religion.
Bacile, a California real estate developer who identifies himself as an Israeli Jew, said he believes the movie will help his native land by exposing Islam’s flaws to the world.
“Islam is a cancer, period,” he said repeatedly, his solemn voice thickly accented.
The film claims Muhammad was a fraud…It depicts Muhammad as a feckless philanderer who approved of child sexual abuse, among other overtly insulting claims that have caused outrage…Muslims find it offensive to depict Muhammad in any manner, let alone insult the prophet. A Danish newspaper’s 2005 publication of 12 caricatures of the prophet triggered riots in many Muslim countries.
Though Bacile was apologetic about the American who was killed as a result of the outrage over his film, he blamed lax embassy security and the perpetrators of the violence.
“I feel the security system (at the embassies) is no good,” said Bacile. “America should do something to change it.”
So typical: religious fanatics hell-bent on holy war inflame each other to the point of violence and the rest of us get caught in the crossfire.
Meanwhile, I agree with Drew that Sam Kinison remains the world’s most authoritative voice on Libya…
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