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AMERICA IS REAPING
WHAT IT HAS SOWED



Angry protesters stormed American embassies in Yemen, Egypt and Libya in an outrage against a film that called Islam a “cancer” and ridiculed the revered Prophet Muhammad (saws) as a womanizer.

A rocket attack on the Libyan city of Benghazi, which killed American ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, was the high point of the series of protests staged outside Gulf embassies recently. The attack has to be condemned in the strongest terms as you cannot visit the sins of one person against another “innocent” person.

There are two questionable films that enraged Muslims. According to reports, a film was made by pastor Terry Jones and a few disgruntled Egyptian exiles that made scurrilous attacks on Islam and Prophet Muhammed, (saws). It was this film that provoked the Libyan attack on the American ambassador Chris Stevens.

The other movie, “Innocence of Muslims,” is among many others used to provoke and cause outrage among the Muslim community. This movie came to attention in Egypt after its trailer was dubbed into Arabic and posted on YouTube. The video-sharing website blocked access after Muslim anger spilled over on the streets. The trailer depicts the Prophet Muhammad as a fraud, a womanizer and a madman in an overtly ridiculing way.

The man behind video excerpts from an anti-Muslim movie that provoked mobs in Egypt and Libya told the media that he has gone into hiding. But doubts rose about the man's exact identity amid a flurry of false claims about his background and role in the purported film.

The filmmaker, who identified himself in a telephone interview with The Associated Press as Sam Bacile, said he is an Israeli-born, Jewish writer and director of “Innocence of Muslims.” Bacile was the name used to publish excerpts of the movie online as early as July 2.

There are two things to be noted here. While the attack on the American ambassador in Libya was dastardly, it also underscored American double standards while dealing with issues of freedom and religious sensibility. America allows all kinds of foul literature against Islam and the prophet in the name of freedom of expression, while clamping down on people who say anything negative about the holocaust.

American attitude is in line with the stance taken by the Danish government on the cartoons depicting Prophet Muhammed in a funny and demeaning way in 2005. That incident also roiled the Muslim world and protests raged from Sana to Mumbai, but the Western world was unmoved behind the dubious fig leaf of freedom of expression.

Jewish gnomes are backstreet boys running the American economy, and so it does not want to harm its interests by justifying the holocaust or by even the slightest mention that the number of Jews killed was highly inflated.

Similarly it gets highly incensed when its citizens are under attack or even jailed in other countries for crimes they have committed. It uses all the means at its command—military and diplomatic—to secure their release. It lectures round the world, about human rights but is not willing to grant the same freedom to citizens of other countries.

The series of angry protests were occasioned by the fact that America did not take any action against the Terry Jones film. American President and the American people are now aghast at the Muslim reaction. But this reaction would not have taken place if the American government had been proactive and relying on its intelligence sources sensed trouble was in the offing and banned the offensive film.

This time the chickens are coming home to roost. American faces the wrath of the Muslim world for granting legitimacy to a sordid piece of work used to instigate and inflame the passions of Muslims around the world. It is reaping what it has sowed


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