Anti-American fury sweeps Middle East over film insulting Prophet Mohammad

By Reuters Staff
September 14, 2012

(Supporters of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa Islamic organization hold placards while taking part in an anti-American demonstration in Lahore, Pakistan on September 14, 2012.  REUTERS/Mohsin Raza)

Fury about a film that insults the Prophet Mohammad tore across the Middle East on Friday with protesters attacking U.S. embassies and burning American flags as the Pentagon rushed to bolster security at its missions.

The obscure California-made film triggered an attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya’s city of Benghazi that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans on Tuesday, the anniversary of the Sept 11, 2001 al Qaeda attacks on the United States.

In Tunis, at least five people were wounded by police gunfire near the U.S. embassy, and a Reuters reporter said a big fire had erupted within the embassy compound. Protesters had earlier leapt over the compound wall.

Witnesses said Sudanese police fired tear gas at thousands of protesters to stop them approaching the U.S. embassy outside Khartoum, but some jumped over the wall. A Reuters reporter heard gunfire from the scene.

The wave of indignation and rage over the film, which portrays the Prophet Mohammad as a womanizer and a fool, coincided with Pope Benedict’s arrival in Lebanon for a three-day visit.

The protests present Obama with a new foreign policy crisis less than two months before seeking re-election and tests Washington’s relations with democratic governments it helped to power across the Arab world.

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What is happening is rage for the sake of rage. It makes Muslims feel good; it gives them respect they cannot get other wise.

The big issue — one that Muslims will not touch — is that the material for these anti-Islam movies comes directly from the Quran and especially the hadith. If critics of Islam want to paint Islam, Mohammed and Muslims as violent and evil, they simply dig up passages from Islam’s own writings — and these are the same reliable sources that Muslims endlessly quote (just that both are selective about which verses they use).

Muslims refuse to consider any criticism, of Islam, even when those criticisms are reasonable. It is easier for Muslims to do hate and rage than to consider the ethics of many of the things in the Quran and hadith. There is no hope for peace. Our values are different. The future will not be nice.

PS: I have never seen any anti-Islam movie. They are a waste of time and say nothing not already found in Islam’s most reliable traditions. Note also that whatever he was, and there is plenty of both good and evil in Islam’s own accounts, Mohammed was not a fool.

Posted by kactuz | Report as abusive

This is only a movie and a poorly made one at that. We need to hold accountable those that over react to the film.

A play last year portrayed Jesus Christ as a homosexualbut nobody got killed over the insult.

The Muslim world needs to understand cultures are different and we cherish free speech. We will not silence the idiots because of your murders, but we may have to fight back. The radical Muslims are making this worse not the film maker.

Posted by Chaytahn | Report as abusive

WW3 Anyone?

Posted by ogmudbone | Report as abusive