The Glover Report: Ambassador Assassination Indicative of Deeper African and Middle East Issue
(WASHINGTON – September 12, 2012 ) – It was a somber day in Washington and the rest of the country as the nation mourns the death of the US Ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stephens and three other Americans during an attack at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.
According to today’s Washington Post, “A man identifying himself as Sam Bacile, a California real estate developer, posted a 13-minute clip of ‘The Innocence of Muslims’ in July, and the film became a lightning rod after the Egyptian media began showing parts of it on air and after dubbed versions of the English-language film appeared on the Internet. “
The film terribly disrespected the Prophet Muhammad’s image. What was to be expected when an artist’s “right” to create supersedes the effects and havoc wreaked half-way around the world?
The ignorance behind this film is part of the reason why the Muslim countries hate the US in the Middle East. US economic interests is another part of it. The West has no clue as to how to deal with the people in the area. Too often, we make the mistake of thinking the people in North African and the Middle East welcome our presence. Truthfully, they know we are there with our interests at heart.
Further, our support of Israel is also a part of the equation, too, because the Muslims in the region ain't particularly fond of them these days. I can recall being in Jordan when Yasser Arafat’s compound was being bombed in September of ’02.
They despise the US in North Africa and the Middle East - where Khadaffi was killed not long ago. That entire region is a powder keg waiting to happen, especially when one group gets special treatment and the rest do not. They don't view democracy like we do and they certainly don’t use our ruler to measure it by. And, given all indications, they won't be embracing the US any time soon.