Friday, September 14, 2012 | 8:24am
SOUND OFF: Thoughts on This Mess ‘Our Freedom’ Has Created in The Middle East? #HeHateMe
How one YouTube quality video could ignite world war
This week it was confirmed what we already knew, EVERYONE hates America. Politicians would have you believe its our free way of life but in truth it probably has more to do with our capitalistic society and the sneaky ish we do in other nations that never gets reported.
For Muslims this week we were in the cross-hairs for a very distinct reason. It now has been confirmed that
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, was the influential figure behind the anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims,” blamed for sparking riots and protests in the Middle East. The riots were highlighted by the extremist raid of the US Embassy in the Libyan city of Benghazi which claimed the life of 4 US employees including the US Ambassador. The death is being called by some an “assassination” as part of a terrorist attack disguised under the cover of protest as it took place too ironically on the anniversary of 9/1l.
And while anti-US sentiment is nothing new, the expression of free speech exercised by this 55-year-old Egypt-born Coptic Christian man has put our country and the politicians running to preside over it in an interesting spot. New reports have indicated that Nakoula is actually on probation after being convicted of financial crimes, also was twice sentenced to jail on drug charges in the late 1990s and as a result is actually in violation of the conditions of his probation which insist he not use “any online service at any location” without the prior approval of his probation officer.
These events have raised so many interesting political questions. Whose fault is it? Did his video overstep its boundaries? Do the Muslim people need to be more accepting of differences in opinion, culture and religion? Are we in for War? Has this video single handedly broken down all diplomatic equity we’ve had with common people in the middle east? What, if anything, should be done about Nakoula? SOUND OFF: