Skip to comments.What's really behind anti-Western protests?
Posted on 09/15/2012 8:47:35 AM PDT by Squawk 8888
OTTAWA - Defence Minister Peter MacKay is casting doubt on whether an amateur online video mocking Islam's prophet Mohammed really sparked spontaneous, violent protests in Cairo and across the world this week.
"No, I think these are simmering issues that we have to continue to try and address," MacKay said in Toronto on Friday. "There are tensions in these regions - some of which have nothing to do with the Western world quite frankly - for centuries."
Meantime, Yigal Carmon, president of the Middle East Media Research Institute, says he believes Islamist leaders have orchestrated anger over the "Innocence of Muslims" video.
"It's an attempt to bully America, maybe, to have this new initiative of 'blasphemous' speech to be prohibited in the West," Carmon told QMI Agency on Friday.
Carmon's fears appear to be bolstered by an English statement posted on the Muslim Brotherhood website on Thursday, calling for laws against "crimes and assaults on Muslim sanctities."
"Certainly, such attacks against sanctities do not fall under the freedom of opinion or thought," the Muslim Brotherhood said.
Others point to the original goal of the protests in Cairo planned long before the controversial video was well known.
"Al Gamaa Al Islamiyya, a U.S.-designated terrorist organization, announced weeks ago that it would protest in front of the U.S. Embassy on 9/11 to demand the release of Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind cleric mastermind of the first World Trade Center Bombing in 1993," said David Schenker and Eric Trager with the Washington Institute of Near East Policy.
In a New York Daily News op-ed this week, they say the Mohammed video may have bolstered the number of protesters' who showed up in Cairo Tuesday, but didn't cause the protest.
“I think these are simmering issues that we have to continue to try and address...”
I’d address them by saying that the bombing begins in 5 minutes....
Nice to hear the Canadian Defense Minister understands what’s happening.....Finally, someone who isn’t snowed by all the hype out there.
There are simply some people who cannot see the forest for the trees.
"The Day I'm Inaugurated Muslim Hostility Will Ease"-------- Obama
I will admit that my first thought to your reply was that it was crude, but on pondering it I think you're spot on.
Saw a "motivational poster" here on FR yesterday that had a pic of Reagan with the caption below (and I paraphrase): Libya strikes us and he bombs their leaders house. Libya is quiet for 25 years. Then someone apologizes.
Read another post this morning where Mark Levin nailed the issue concisely: the arab world is uncivilized. Uncivilized societies are concerned with only the basics--eat, drink, fight, screw. Just about everything in their lives falls into one of those categories. Pissed off? Fight and kill. Opponent kicks your @ss? Quit fighting.
Oh for crying out loud - it’s not tough to figure it out as they tell us all the time!
Death to America and death to Israel. It isn’t any more complicated than that - they’re crazed nazis with a twist of Allah thrown in to give it the cover of religion.
The same thing that’s behind Obamacasre, bald divisifness,]the Democrat and Republican parties, this destructive “recession”, our open borders, a donothing DSenate, epidemic vote fraud, and on and on and on. Obama’s brand of “change”!
Pre-mature October surprise from the muzzie kenyan usurper?
Answer: 0bama and Hillary trying to start riots worldwide, including teachers’ union strikes in U.S.. Where’s OWS?
Of course, the hate speech laws in Canada would allow for criminal prosecution for the film clip that is being used as a pretext for violence. How about prosecuting Muslim demonstrators with signs that state, “Behead all those who insult Islam”? Would the technicality that the sigs do not list a specific religion or race give them a pass or would fear of inciting Muslims exempt the “behead” demands?