Secretary Clinton Calls Attack “Savage,” with Film Uproar Leaving Foreign Service Heroes Dead in Benghazi
AS AMERICA commemorated 9/11, all hell broke loose in Egypt and Libya with protests and militants attacking, leaving one American diplomat confirmed dead, over a film that is directly targeting the Muslim faith, which is directed and produced by Sam Bacile, who calls Islam “a cancer,” saying “The movie is a political movie. It’s not a religious movie.”
Mitt Romney, today, doubled down on his statement last night, attacking President Obama while making the case for his own candidacy.
Max Fisher of The Atlantic has confirmed through Kurt Wurthmuller, whom Fisher describes as a Coptic specialist at the Hudson Institute, that the clip above is authentic.
— Liam Stack (@liamstack) September 11, 2012
The film is being promoted by the infamous Terry Jones, the man responsible for the Afghanistan uprising after he threatened to burn a Koran. Also involved are a few conservative Coptic Christians in the U.S., though the church itself condemned the film, with Morris Sadek, leader of one group of U.S. Coptics, telling the Wall Street Journal, “The violence that it caused in Egypt is further evidence of how violent the religion and people are and it is evidence that everything in the film is factual.”
Coptic Christians are a minority in Egypt and subject to violence and persecution.
From the Wall Street Journal, which is a must read report:
The movie, “Innocence of Muslims,” was directed and produced by an Israeli-American real-estate developer who characterized it as a political effort to call attention to the hypocrisies of Islam. It has been promoted by Terry Jones, the Florida pastor whose burning of Qurans previously sparked deadly riots around the world.
[...] Hours after nightfall, dozens of young men remained standing on top of the embassy walls, shouting into megaphones. One of the youths climbed up the flagpole to hoist a black banner emblazoned with the Muslim profession of faith in white letters—”There is no God but God and Muhammad is His Messenger”—a standard used by hardline Islamist groups throughout the world.
[...] The flashpoint appeared to be the film about the Prophet Muhammad, portions of which in recent days have been circulating on the Internet. Contravening the Islamic prohibition of portraying the prophet, clips from the film show him not only as flesh and blood—but as a homosexual son of undetermined patrimony, who rises to advocate child slavery and extramarital sex, for himself, in the name of religion.
The U.S. Embassy in Cairo released an apology, as did the Coptic Church, citing “efforts by misguided individuals to try to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims,” which the White House disavowed to Politico, reported by Byron Tau.
“The statement by Embassy Cairo was not cleared by Washington and does not reflect the views of the United States government,” a senior administration official told POLITICO.
The U.S. Embassy has now deleted multiple tweets, including the one stating they stood by their statement.
The Embassy statement quickly (and predictably) caused a firestorm on the right, with Charles Krauthammer going off on FNC, saying he’d issue “a statement saying to the mob ‘Go to hell!’”
Twitter exploded in insults directed at President Obama, invoking former President Jimmy Carter, which Krauthammer set up by stating the Embassy has released “a hostage statement.”
Coming from a contagion of reporting, the Egyptians yelled “There is no god but Allah and Mohammed is his messenger,” while storming the embassy wall in fury, which is a known militant cry from true believers.
Meanwhile in Libya, from New York Times stringer on the ground, Liam Stack, re-tweeted “the US consulate in #Benghazi being looted,” reported late last night.
This came after the American Ambassador Chris Stevens was shot and killed in the consulate, as was ten-year veteran Sean Smith, and two others, as looting and burning of the building began.
The film’s creator Mr. Bacile posted a trailer of the film in July, but it wasn’t until recently when clerics started condemning it that the furor spread.
“Obama! Obama! We are all Osama!” was heard being chanted, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The harrowing drama all unfolded on 9/11, as Americans were commemorating the attacks eleven years ago to the day.
Taylor Marsh, a veteran political analyst and former Huffington Post contributor, is the author of The Hillary Effect, available at Barnes and Noble and on Amazon. Her new-media blog www.taylormarsh.com covers national politics, women and power.