I’ve already written about how the government under this current administration feels that the protests and attacks on the United States embassies in the Middle-East right now have nothing to do with American policy. What’s curious is that United States Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice is now parroting the administration’s message. As she explains in the video below, the Middle-East hates us because of this video, and this video alone.
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It’s worth noting this image is not from anything to do with the Middle-East riots now (at least not that I know of), but I still liked it.
There’s still a lot of people who doubt that schools and school systems don’t reflect some sort of bias towards and against political stances. Amy Lutz, a student and member of the SLU College Republicans, calls for St. Louis University to disavow its double standard against Pro-Israeli speakers.
Greg Gutfeld is known on Fox News as the diminutive quick witted host of Red Eye and a cohost of The Five. Each episode Gutfeld has a segment where he talks about something bugging him, and on September 14th he highlighted the cultural difference between our American western culture, and how Middle-Eastern Islamic culture respond to things that anger them. His solution is sarcastic, of course, but it also makes a point. Is outrage and violence the only language that’s understood? Would there be calls to listen to us and be understanding if America responded to Middle-Eastern beheadings the same way they respond to a video?
Nobody likes the anti-Islamic movie Innocence of Muslims. If you can even call it a movie. The current incarnation of it is a 15 minute trailer on Youtube that I’m pretty certain I could produce better.
Innocence of Muslims, in whatever form it exists, was released months ago. The idea that it actually is responsible for any of the mobbing and rioting is silly, since its quite clear that this was a protest organized on 9/11. Whoever started the protest needed something to rally the mobs with, and the threat of a movie that insults the Prophet Muhammed was all that was needed to anger the poor, uneducated Egyptian mobs that now demand its “banning”. A movie they have never seen, have no opportunity to ever see, and are rioting over only on hearsay. In fact, the reason for the protests is general anti-Americanism. Some random video just happens to be a convienent excuse to make them look justified. So they “demand” a banning of the movie.
There’s a lot of confusion and anger in American politics right now about who is responsible for what conservatives are somewhat mockingly referring to as the “Arab Autumn”, a play on the supposed post-terrorism awakening known as the Arab Spring that many people, including those in the Obama administration, attribute a large amount of reduction in Muslim support of terrorism over the last several months. The Arab Spring was largely considered responsible for the ousting, exile, and eventual murder of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, a leader who although certainly did not treat all citizens the way we would have wanted him to, ultimately was an ally of the United States for thirty years. Our foreign policy at this time was, perhaps in retrospect unfortunately, to abandon Mubarak to the fates that may be. The Obama administration instead reported that “the United States stands with the people of Egypt”. Which I guess was always a given, but the message of the statement was more so “Whatever you guys want to do, we’re all down for. Yo.”
American Elephant posted a video a couple of days back, on September 11th, that although is significantly divisive, does do an excellent job of demonstrating the disparity between how middle eastern culture reacts to things that bother them, and how our western culture does. It also shows, in my opinion, snippets of what NOT to say when dealing with such problems by geniuses of intellectual insight like Joe Klein (that is sarcasm).