Islamic Protests Continue to Grow Over American YouTube Film
Matt | On 17, Sep 2012
By now, you have probably heard about the protests growing in the Muslim world about the YouTube film titled “Innocence of Muslims” depicting the prophet Mohammed in a negative light.
What started as separate protests in Egypt and Libya last week over the film has escalated into full-on assault on anything American in some parts of the Middle East and North Africa. Let’s recap a bit of what has happened so far:
- U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens, along with three State Department officials were murdered by rioters in Libya on September 12.
- Two U.S. Marines were killed at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan when the Taliban stormed the complex.
- A KFC and a Hardee’s restaurant were burned in Lebanon.
- Protests have also popped up in Iraq, Pakistan, Philippines, Tunisia, Yemen, Indonesia, and Afghanistan.
- Sheikh Nasrallah, who leads the Shia Muslim militant group, has called for a week of protests in Lebanon against American interests and Muslim government for not speaking up firmly agains the video.
- Google refused a request by the White House to remove the film from its site citing freedom of speech issues. They have restricted access to it, though, in certain countries.
One of my biggest confusions about these protests is that IT’S JUST A FILM .. and a poorly-made one at that. It does not represent all American viewpoints on Islam just as the protesters don’t represent all Muslims.
Strangely, for some, it feels good to burn American flags, torch embassies, and kill innocent people. It just doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense in the grand scheme of things. How does killing a U.S. diplomat strike at the heart of the film? Next week someone could (in theory) make a similar video and spread it across the Internet.
Religion is of the utmost importance in the Middle East. But, aren’t there a FEW other pressing societal issues they need to address other than a film made thousands of miles away? Maybe it’s just me thinking this….
I pray for a swift end to this senseless killing.