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Article posted Sep 13 2012, 1:17 AM Category: Commentary Source: The Guardian Print

The tragic consulate killings in Libya and America's hierarchy of human life

The murder of American staff over a hate film is an unmitigated wrong. But so are deaths caused by the US that go unremarked
Glenn Greenwald


Protesters attacked the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya on Tuesday night and killed four Americans, including the US ambassador, Chris Stevens. The attacks were triggered by rage over an amateurish and deeply hateful film about Islam that depicted the Prophet Muhammad as, among other things, a child molester advocate, a bloodthirsty goon, a bumbling idiot, and a promiscuous, philandering leech. A 13-minute trailer was uploaded to YouTube and then quickly circulated in the Muslim world, sparking widespread anger (the US embassy in Cairo was also attacked).

The anti-Islam film was written, directed and produced by an Israeli real estate developer living in California, Sam Bacile. He claimed, in an interview with Haaretz, that the film "cost $5m to make and was financed with the help of more than 100 Jewish donors". Its purpose, as described by the Israeli newspaper, was to show that "Islam is a cancer" and to provide a "provocative political statement condemning the religion". It's hard to believe that the film -- which is barely at the level of a poorly rehearsed high-school play -- required $5m to make, but the intent seems clear: to provoke Muslims into exactly the sort of violent rage that we are now witnessing.

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Philoveritas

Posted: Sep 13 2012, 8:12 PM

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74115 Such fanaticism gets my goat up...that being said I realize that the attack on the consulate was probably planned well in advance of the protest and was specifically design to anger the people of the west to justify a war.

The film at the center of the controversy is not really presenting the so-called prophet Muhammad inaccurately. According to the Islamic texts he was in fact the leader of a gang of highway robbers who married a rich old women for her money and also married a young girl.

As much as I detest the christian church the worst such controversy that could be said about the mythical Jesus is that he dined with tax collectors and did not fast on the Sabbath(a far cry from molesting children and robbing trade caravans).

I use the Koran as toilet paper because in my educated estimation that is all it is worthy of. In a just society such is my right. Legitimate criticism without fear of being lynched by an unruly mob is the cornerstone of freedom.


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