It only takes about three seconds on the Al Jazeera site to see that they are driving the narrative that Muslims are (and should be) angry about the anti-Islam film. Here are some of the headlines on the front page of the site:
Embassies under attack over anti-Islam video
Anti-Islam film protests Live Blog
Amateur film: What we know
In Pictures: Rage against anti-Islam film **
Anti-Islam video protest
**As I was editing this post, this headline changed from “Protest against anti-Islam film” to “Rage against anti-Islam film.”
All of the live-blog entries have the heading: “Anti-Islam Video Protests.” The most recent entry begins with:
Angry Muslims around the world storm US embassies and attack slapstick film considered offensive to Prophet Muhammad.
Clearly this is meant to push the narrative about the film that very few people have actually seen and to foment more uprisings across the Muslim world.
Sadly, Al Jazeera is hanging on every apologetic word American officials are expressing against the video and cataloging them on the live blog, including this from Mitt Romney:
“Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney spoke out on Friday against the makers of an American-made film that mocks Islam, saying it was “a terrible idea” but backing US free speech rights.
“Romney said it was wrong for producers of “Innocence of Muslims”, the crude film at the center of many anti-American protests that have rocked the Middle East and North Africa, to put out a movie that would offends peoples’ faith.
“I think the whole film is a terrible idea,” Romney said in an interview on ABC that aired early Friday.
“I think him making it, promoting it, showing it, is disrespectful to people of other faiths. I don’t think that should happen. I think people should have the common courtesy and judgment – the good judgment – not to offend other people’s faiths.”
Hillary Clinton continued to double (triple?) down on the “It’s the film, stupid” mantra in her speech at the arrival ceremony at Andrew’s Air Force base for the Americans slain in Libya:
“This has been a difficult week for the State Department and for our country. We’ve seen the heavy assault on our post in Benghazi that took the lives of those brave men. We’ve seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful internet video that we had nothing to do with.”
Middle East expert, Tom Doyle, told Janet Parshall today to expect Israel and the Jews to be targeted. Predictably, it has already begun:
“GAZA: Palestinians on Friday protested an anti-Muslim film, with thousands gathering in the Gaza Strip and hundreds in Jerusalem where they clashed with Israeli police.
“In Gaza, thousands of people rallied at demonstrations in Gaza City and the southern town of Rafah, a day after the ruling Hamas party urged citizens to turn out for protests after Friday prayers.
“Protesters waved the flags of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad movements, and set fire to American flags, chanting “Death, death to America, death, death to Israel.”
“Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniya, in a sermon during Friday prayers, repeated a call on Washington to apologize for the film, produced in the United States.
“The U.S. administration should apologize to the Arab and Islamic nation for this offensive film and bring these criminals to justice,” he said.
“Haniya said the film was the result of “a Jewish-American-Crusader alliance to ignite a war on Islam and sectarian strife, particularly in Egypt.”
And in sign that Afghanistan is reverting back to it’s former state of authoritarian leadership:
“Authorities in Afghanistan have ordered that YouTube’s website be blocked indefinitely to stop Afghans watching a US -made film that insults the Prophet Muhammad which has sparked unrest elsewhere, government sources told Reuters on Thursday.
“I welcome any decision by the government because it badly affects the minds of young Afghans,” a senior government official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
“Another government official, who also declined to be identified, confirmed the ministry had ordered all Afghan Internet providers to block YouTube’s site.
“Fears the video could provoke riots prompted at least one provider to act before the government’s orders were received.
“We have not yet been told, but we blocked YouTube … to avoid the blood of innocents spilling over. All it takes is one Mullah watching that video, and then he’ll preach about it later on, causing chaos”, said Farhad Fazi, the president of Internet provider AFSAT.
“However, YouTube may remain accessible to some Internet users until Saturday as some of Afghanistan’s major servers are based in India and the United Arab Emirates.
“An official at the Ministry of Communications said on Wednesday that an order had been issued to block the site until the film was taken down.
“YouTube was shut for several hours in Afghanistan but was then restored. Afghan Internet users were still able to view it on Thursday.”
Did you catch that? “All it takes is one Mullah watching that video, and then he’ll preach about it later on, causing chaos.”
While Hillary Clinton and the talking heads are all blaming this on a First Amendment-protected film, the blame lies at the feet of the Mullahs and others who are calling for mob violence. That is the common thread throughout these “protests.” And Al Jazeera is doing its part to continue to foment anger and hostility toward the United States by beating this drum about the film over and over again.
If we take this posture of apology to its logical conclusion, it will not be long before our country is forced to apologize for a lot more than one obscure film. The mere existence of Christianity and Judaism are offensive to these extremist Muslims. Exactly how far is our government willing to go to appease these tantrums? Will Christians and Jews be safe anywhere in the Middle East? It seems that President Obama and the State Department are putting out these tiny fires without looking at the huge forest fire that is threatening to ignite the entire Arab world. God, help us and protect our brothers and sisters who are in harm’s way tonight.