What Will It Take?

(Regrettably, I have been so busy over the last 36 hours that I am not completely up to date on every fact, report, investigation, or tweet that has surfaced concerning the attacks on our embassies or the deaths  of our four American brethren.  That said, I wrote this out in a state of fatigue last night with the information I had at the time.  For good or bad, I’m posting it as isI’ll update later.)

This statement was issued on 9/11 from the United States Embassy in Cairo, Egypt:

U.S. Embassy Condemns Religious Incitement

September 11, 2012

The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.

The reason for this statement?  There were reports that Egyptian residents around the city were being whipped into a frenzy, this time concerning a “movie trailer” for an amateur movie posted on YouTube.  This movie, purportedly produced in California, was said to have denigrated the Islamic Prophet Muhammad.

Which begs the question:

WHAT THE HELL are representatives of the U.S. Department of State doing releasing, if not an apologetic statement, a pandering, pre-emptive, walking-on-egg-shells one, for something that the United States has nothing to do with, nor has introduced any provocative sentiment in any way toward ANY person/people/groups who may, for some bizarre reason,  be offended by said video?

Just think about that for a second.

Due to a group of perpetually pissed-off Muslims who have once again been offended, the government of the United States felt it appropriate to issue an ‘olive-branch’ statement to them for something that we had nothing to do with in the first place.

This due to concern over a possible reaction to a YouTube video.

A FREAKING YOUTUBE VIDEO.

Even if nothing else had transpired overnight:  If there were no attacks, no murders, no flag burnings, no violence:

WHY THE HELL WAS THIS STATEMENT RELEASED?

What does something like this say about our country in the 21st century?

What have we allowed ourselves to become?  A population electing representatives so scared of their own shadows that this kind of statement is considered ‘diplomatic?’

This is made all the more absurd when considering to whom this statement was directed:

Angry Muslims.

People who have been raised on anger, taught hatred for others, and spend their days fomenting this anger and hatred, most times with the sole purpose to hurt and kill others they deem their enemies.

Considering four Americans were murdered, it’s apparent the above statement and the accepted system-wide tactic of appeasement has failed.  Any attempt to engage these people in a modern, rational way is impossible, because they lack the ability to think in a modern, rational way.

This was not about some pathetic video on YouTube.  That is a cop-out, for both the crazies and our diplomatic reactions.  Yes, this has been used to provide another bullshit excuse for these Jihadists to commit violence against us.  It has been used to fan the flames of those most susceptible to it, those filled with envy and anger, who ‘occupy’ a rung of society that feels they are somehow victims of events above or out of their control.

But it sure wasn’t a coincidence that these attacks occurred on 9/11.

These festering lunatics need no reason to morph into an angry mob, becoming hell-bent on destroying, hurting, or killing Americans.

Of course, when something like this happens, we are subjected to the obligatory preface that this behavior comes only from a small “minority” of Islamists who do not represent the larger Islamic community in any way.

Fine.  However, marginalizing this scum as a minority of anything doesn’t make them or their ideology any less dangerous than they so often prove themselves to be.

There are approximately 1.5 BILLION Muslims in this world.  Most of whom we’re told are peace-loving members of their religion, very much like the rest of us, and as such, they should not be held as representative of the beliefs and actions of the “few” who perpetrate these violent and murderous acts in the name of this religion.

1.5 billion Muslims is quite a large group.  The small, rotten “few” which commit these despicable acts in the broader name of Islam should then be ostracized by this majority, no?  They should be marginalized, condemned, and purged from the peaceful Islamic society for desecrating the true teachings of Islam, and the love and tolerance that Islam represents.

After all the turmoil, pain, violence, murder, victimization and perpetual anger that has been perpetrated by these “few” in the name of Islam, why have these acts not been met by equally vehement denunciations of these actions?  Why have they not been fought and rallied against unrelentingly by the many who we’ve been told reject it?

Just what kind of acts and violations would have to occur for the 1.5 billion, peace-loving muslims to decide they have had enough?  That they will no longer allow this non-repentive ”minority” to terrorize their fellow-man and kill in the name of Allah and Islam?  That they will no longer allow the sinful few to tarnish the majority by conducting themselves as if they were still living in the 12th century?

When will they begin their own Enlightenment?

What in the name of Allah will it take?

While there are those in the world that wait, foolishly hoping for that to happen, somehow the onus falls on the rest of us to show tolerance and moderation.  We must not view Muslims through the prism of fear or hatred (a prism which, it seems, only we infidels possess).  Though the ‘radical Islamists’ are the ones who commit acts of terror, war, murder, and violence, it is we who are pleaded with to show restraint in our reactions each time they kill and maim.

But, someday, this silent group of 1.5 billion ‘good’ Muslims will loudly and righteously speak out as one, from all parts of the world, finally and justly condemning and actively defeating the ‘few’ who continue to pervert their religion of peace.

If they truly believe what they preach, then they have to make this happen.  Right?

Until then, their silence is deafening.

And deadly.

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Posted by on September 13, 2012.
Filed under Deaths, Egypt, Foreign Affairs, Hypocrisy, Islam, Libya, Middle East, National Security, Obama Weakness, Religion.


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  • jim_m

    The attacks were premeditated to coincide with 9/11. The video is just a pretext to whip up additional violence. The obama admin is more than happy to fixate on a reason to blame Americans for heir own incompetence.

    obama would rather throw a few more Americans under the bus than cop to his incompetent and negligent leadership.

  • Carl

    Imagine what the reaction from American Christian extremists would be if Muslims produced a video denigrating Jesus and distributed it in the U.S.

    Walk a mile in their shows. Empathy. It’s a start.

    • GarandFan

      “Empathy. It’s a start.”

      So why don’t the stupid SOB’s come over here and go after the asshole who made the film? Here’s a thought, you climb over my embassy wall, I’ll mail your body home, postage due.

      Muslims, like Palestinians are perpetually offended by something. Maybe if they dug themselves out of a religion anchored in the past, they’d make something of their lives.

      • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

        It’s the Religion of Perpetual Offense. There’s nothing so small that they WON’T be offended by it. A rumor of a flushed Koran will end up with riots that kill people – at least over in the ME.

        I’m at the point where I’m ready to just let them rot. I’ve known and worked for Muslims here in the US – they’re decent folks. But maybe that’s the difference… the ones here got the hell out of the ME. They’ve made lives for themselves. They’ve created businesses, employed people.

        In the ME, who’s doing all the rioting? Young men. Unemployed young men. They’ve got religion to keep them occupied – and little to nothing else. The Imam says “Riot!”, and they go “Okay!” It’s entertainment, it gives them a sense of purpose and something to do.

        Sucks to be them, to be sure.

    • Mr. Smth

      Lets see…how about a crucifix displayed in urine (paid for with tax dollars)?
      How many people were killed over that??? How many bloody protests were there? Some vandalism, yes, but NOTHING compared to an internet movie.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piss_Christ
      Empathy is a two way street, and their on ramp is blocked with an AK 47.

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      Essentially, “Wow, mohamedians being mohamedians.”

    • http://wizbangblog.com/ Shawn

      Carl,
      How about this:
      YOU tell US what you think their reaction would be.
      Somehow I doubt it would involve automatic machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades being used in a planned attack on an embassy, murdering four Muslims.
      Empathy, my ass.
      Frigging nut.

    • herddog505

      Empathy? For people who commit mayhem if not murder because somebody, somewhere denigrated their religion? Seriously?

    • SCSIwuzzy

      Piss Christ. Madonna painted with elephant dung. The Last Temptation of Christ. Life of Brian. Dogma. The Da Vinci Code.
      Tons of books, movies, “works of art” and TV shows have offended Christians, often times on purpose.
      When was the last riot in the US because someone stuck their thumb in Christianity’s collective eye?

      • Hank_M

        Good memory. I had forgotten a lot of what you listed.

      • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

        Last Temptation was actually pretty good, once you got past the hype. Loved “Life of Brian”.

        Wait – I was supposed to be offended and riot because of those?

        Dang. Didn’t get the memo… as usual.

      • Phil Snyder

        I actually received “The Life of Brian” as an ordination present. It doesn’t really make fun of Jesus, but of what people do with Jesus.

    • retired.military

      I noticed that Carl has decided to not comment. I shall try to fill in for him.

      But but but Christianity isnt real so there is nothing to get upset over. Now Islam. That is a religion of peace. We must apologize to the Muslims for offending them and beg their forgiveness.

    • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

      “Imagine what the reaction from American Christian extremists would be if Muslims produced a video denigrating Jesus and distributed it in the U.S.”

      Oh, that’s an easy one.

      “Shit. Another one? And they’re having to IMPORT them now?”

      “Yeah. I think Hollywood was getting tired of losing money.”

      “Slackers.”

      LOL.

      • SteveCrickmore075

        Conservatives on wizbang are in favor of proclaiming (to muslims) American values of freedom of speech and religion in a beseiged embassy in Cairo, as if they were ACLU lawyers…. but at the same time (tell muslims in New York), don’t you dare try to build a mosque within a half mile of ground zero in Manhattan!

        • SteveCrickmore075

          “I think it’s dispiriting sometimes to see some of the awful things people say. And the idea of using something that some
          people consider sacred and then parading that out a negative way is simply inappropriate and wrong. And I wish people wouldn’t do it. Of course, we have a First Amendment. And under the First
          Amendment, people are allowed to do what they feel they want to do. They have the right to do that, but it’s not right to do things that are of the nature of what was done by, apparently this film.”

          Who said this yesterday, Obama?

        • SteveCrickmore075

          “I think it’s dispiriting sometimes to see some of the awful things people say. And the idea of using something that some
          people consider sacred and then parading that out a negative way is simply inappropriate and wrong. And I wish people wouldn’t do it. Of course, we have a First Amendment. And under the First
          Amendment, people are allowed to do what they feel they want to do. They have the right to do that, but it’s not right to do things that are of the nature of what was done by, apparently this film.”

          Who said this yesterday, Obama?

          • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

            And yet – it’s perfect legal to do them. It might not be “right” – but it’s legal. It’s also legal for Youtube to REFUSE to pull it.

            Bitch at them.

            Congratulations. With a globally connected world, there is always something, somewhere, on line that’s going to piss someone else off. You want to set things up so that nobody’s ever offended by anything they might hear or see? Then you might as well campaign to take down the internet.

            Or is it just Muslims you’re worried about? After all, Christians, Hindus, and Buddhists won’t threaten to blow you up or chop off your head.

        • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

          Yes, because we hauled out the man who proposed the mosque, killed him, then paraded his body through the streets at the head of chanting mobs, demanding death to all Muslims everywhere.

          No, wait – we didn’t do that, did we? But in the Muslim world, that’s just business as usual. Perfectly normal. Not even anything to fucking criticize, much less see as a ‘bad thing’.

          “Religion of Peace” my ass.

          • SteveCrickmore075

            Do you want me to list the hundreds of wars started by christians against other jews. infidels, indians muslims and other christians all in the name of Christ!

          • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

            Yes, please.

            Because the Crusades are CERTAINLY relevant to what’s going on today. Because Christianity AS IT IS NOW and as it’s been for the last, oh, 200 years is an incredibly violent religion.

            (Especially at church bake sales. Methodists vs. Baptists – Blood Will Be Spilled!)

            Please highlight the ones started by Youtube videos in the list if you would.

          • SteveCrickmore075

            Within the past 200 years I would suggest the holocaust for starters, but I get your drift. The problem is you are weighing twenty first century standards with societies that are medieval in many ways. I wish all politicians everywhere in every culture and religion wouldn’t feel they have have to invoke something that is ineffable and unknowable….and most assuredly doesn’t exist, but there you have it.

          • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

            I wouldn’t call the Holocaust as being a Christian war on the Jews – that’s your own interpretation and not a terribly accurate one. (I doubt Hitler’s theological underpinnings could be described as ‘Christian’ by anyone without an ax to grind against Christianity in the first place.)

            Lots of folks don’t like Christianity – but seem to have no problem at all with Islam. I don’t see it myself – I can see where some sects of Christianity could be construed as being ‘Anti-women’, but from what’s portrayed on the media and what we’ve seen in the ME, Islam is violently misogynistic and homophobic. Maybe it’s a matter of proximity – the folks who frown at you locally being seen as much worse than folks who cut off heads a half-world away.

            Maybe it’s a lack of a sense of proportion. Either way – I’ll take Christians who don’t cut off heads and haven’t in centuries over Muslims who do at the present time.

    • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

      “Imagine what the reaction from American Christian extremists would be if Muslims produced a video denigrating Jesus and distributed it in the U.S.”

      Oh, that’s an easy one.

      “Shit. Another one? And they’re having to IMPORT them now?”

      “Yeah. I think Hollywood was getting tired of losing money.”

      “Slackers.”

      LOL.

    • Phil Snyder

      I don’t remember violence at Piss Christ or at the Last Temptation of the Christ or at the picture of the Virgin Mary made from elephant dung. I don’t remember violence from Christians concerning being called “Dogs and Monkeys” by Muslims.

      Perhaps if Muslims emulated Christians there would be less violence int he world.

    • jim_m

      Are you really that out of touch that you have missed the countless movies showing Christ as hooking up with Mary Magdalene? Or the NIH funded art work that defamed Christ and the Virgin Mary?

      Are you so out of touch as to have missed the TV shows hat have ridiculed Christians? I think Ned Flanders is funny, but I wager that if you went to Cairo with the muslim version of him on video that you would be dead inside of 5 minutes.

      I think that you are delusional in your understanding of how much the left insults Christianity and how it appeases and coddles violent muslim extremists.

  • http://twitter.com/twolaneflash twolaneflash

    Got any unicorns?

  • cirby

    This isn’t the first time Americans have been murdered because of a “blasphemous” movie. Islamic terrorists killed a police officer and a reporter (after taking hostages) in Washington, DC – partly because of the movie “The Message.” They nearly killed Marion Berry, before he became Mayor.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1977_Hanafi_Siege

    It was during Carter’s Presidency, by the way. 1977. Another coincidence.

    “The Message” was funded by Moammar Khadaffi – yep, that one. It was about the life of Mohammed, but was very respectful and only told the story through peripheral characters – neither Mohammed nor his family were shown.

  • Olsoljer

    Funny thing about that statement, our federal government seems to have no problems discriminating against Christians. “Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy?” “We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the right of free speech to hurt the religious belief of others?”

    In many instances we have prohibited Public display of the 10 Commandments, nativity scenes, crucifix/crosses, mention of God or Jesus in funerals, a cross at the WTC, wearing articles of clothing with God or Jesus, to name a few. Hilliary you are full of shit, but I guess if you can say “God Bless America” in selected speeches, it makes it all ok. In very rare instances even your boss and his wife may say it, when he is not saying allooy k-bar or whatever.

    Nothing like double standards.

    • Hank_M

      Excellent point.

  • retired.military

    The embassy was just following the lead of Obama. Preemplively issue an apology.

  • Constitution First

    How did it happen we, as a people, become so desensitized to such outrage?