Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Assault on an American Embassy on the 9/11 Anniversary

This is really bad for a lot of reasons.  The Egyptian Islamic extremists were protesting over some film that is somewhere out there, that was supposedly produced in America, that lampoons and ridicules the Prophet Mohammed.  Any depiction of Mohammed, whether good or bad, is considered a sacriliege by Muslims.  Anyway, the timing was horrible, having taken place on the 9/11 anniversary.  I'm sure a lot of Americans are seeing the footage and are thinking that the protesters are celebating the attack and spitting in America's eye.  They even went so far as to take the American flag, which was flying at half-mast, down.

(To get off the track of what I was talking about for just a moment, something that always makes me laugh about when any religious group or "values"-based organization protests or boycotts something, usually some form of art or media, for something that they find objectionable, is that beforehand, most people did not even know the artform existed until the organization or group called attention to it.  And afterwards, people will start to seek the movie or TV show out just to see what all the fuss was about.  So, in that respect, these organizations are their own worst enemy.)

A consulate in Libya was also burned and an American diplomat was killed, also in protest of this film that I've never heard of (there are supposedly clips on Youtube).  Although nowhere near the scale of the takeover of the Iran embassy in 1979, this is still a reflection of our waning power abroad.  I thought that we had Marines guarding our embassies.  What does it say that we can't even keep an embassy secure, when we insist on maintaining a global empire?

And finally, something more to piss me off.  In light of those events, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo released this statement, condemning "the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims, as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions."  So you have a roving band of these fanatical nutjobs who storm an American embassy, desecrate the American flag on September 11th, and kill a diplomat, all because of a stupid movie, and it's the people making this movie, who are to blame?  Seriously, this is political correctness at its worst.  And, BTW, offending believers of religions and hurting their precious feelings is a freedom protected by our First Amendment.  Eh, gotta go work out some of this aggression at the gym.  Hurting their "religious feelings", good grief.  

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