ORIGINAL TITLE: ‘NO Anti-Islamic film MAY have been made by Egyptian director: Meanwhile Very Real Attack on Libya, on its Way’ due to updated information. See below for breaking news and regular updates.
Fury rages across the Muslim world, with a growing number protests and attacks at U.S. embassies, the burning of American flags – the Pentagon rushes to bolster security at its missions. Although the anger was triggered and is directed at the video – the majority of Muslims and Arabs, have a long history of justified anger and outrage towards US polcies and injustices in the region, which has been stewing for a long time.
Still, reactionary protests continue to grow – despite the fact that these protests in no way serve the interests of Muslims or Arabs. As more information becomes available, it is clear the ‘film’ was deliberately released as a “provocation” by a very well financed and powerful right wing network that is “obsessively fixated on the supposed spread of Muslim influence in America. Its apparatus spans continents, extending from Tea Party activists here to the European far right. It brings together in common cause right-wing ultra-Zionists, Christian evangelicals, and racist British soccer hooligans.” Its agenda supports right wing interests, a Romney presidency – and ultimately an attack on Iran and further militarization of the Arab world and Africa.
However, ironically in Libya: “It is not unusual to see in city squares or outside shops in Benghazi the American flag along with that of France and Turkey and Qatar, countries that, albeit almost never without ulterior motives, helped Libya’s revolution. Yet notwithstanding that sincere gratitude, many Libyans continue to associate America, because of its actions in Iraq and Afghanistan and its defense of Israeli policy, with violent imperial pursuits and double standards.” Read more in this important article titled, What was really behind the Benghazi attack?
The story of the anti-Islam ‘film’, gets more absurd by the minute and if it weren’t such a tragedy, it would be a no-quality, slap stick, comedy of horrors. The ‘facts’ continue to change and as usual, it’s impossible to know the full truth from the US media. In order to gain an understanding of what’s going on, and since the growing sentiment of anti-American protests, have spread throughout the Middle East, Africa and Asia – with possibly no end in sight-we are forced to patch together the information from the most credible sources we can find.
Initially, the producer of the “film” was at first thought to be an Israeli/American real estate developer named Sam Bacile who: “told AP that the film was made with $5 MILLION raised from 100 Jewish donors. He said he was motivated to help his native country, Israel, by exposing the evils of Islam” (do they have any idea what I could do with 5 million dollars to make peace in ‘his’, so called native country?!). Soon , in a quick reversal, the news changed to the claim that it was produced by an Egyptian Copt. Then in a sudden bizarre twist, a Christian American man with Egyptian roots, named Morris Sadek said he helped Terry Jones (the man who called for burning the Quran last year) to make the flick. An American production company called “Stand up America” owned by Jones produced it.
Then even more strange news came to light about this already ridiculous film, and questionable story. In interviews two of the actors, said they had no idea they were participating in an anti-Islamic video. In an interview from his blog, who also acts as a gay porn star, amongst other roles, said he:
“auditioned for a movie called Desert Storm that was about Ancient Warriors. My character was called Sampson on the paper with a few lines I got each day upon arriving on set. We never saw a full script or any lines after the day we shot them. Many questions were asked regarding absurdity of lines and situations. Sam the producer who I believed to be, but not certain as Egyptian. His reply would always to work with what we were given as he wrote the script. The clip that I saw part of today for the first time is questionable as to being my voice. The voice over work is dubious at best.
A Christian Monitor article, also titled: There may be no anti-Islamic movie at all raised the possibility that all the fuss may have been “ginned up by someone sitting a basement with cheap dubbing software. The fact that almost every instance of language referring to Islam or Muhammad in the film has been dubbed in. That is, mouths are mouthing but the words you’re hearing don’t match.” Due to the number of lies and misrepresentations associated with the alleged non-film, film, we can speculate all day who made it, and what their goals were. Until information and the evidence is clear, the effects, and what we do know as more evidence is revealed by the hour.
What do Al-Qaeda/Islamists, American Christian fundamentalists/zionists, and Coptic Egyptian have in common?
In his first interview with foreign media since the violence three days earlier: President of Libya Mohamed al-Magarief told Al Jazeera on Friday “I think this was al-Qaeda,” This seems likely from all the media reports coming out, and underscores the necessary relationship between right wing Christian zionist elements and right wing Islamic forces, who feed off each others violence, to gain strength and credibility (listen to Democracy Now for more on Al-Qaeda’s recruitment strategy for the youth of Libya), further exposing their lack of intelligent, strategic political agenda – unless which many might argue – the responses, are the desired outcome.
Of course, the immediate and predictable response of the US government was to deploy marines, drones and war ships to the country, and to Yemen as well! What this will possibly accomplish, besides adding more violence to the already volatile and unstable situation, is a complete mystery. Unless chaos is the goal. At the end of the day: does it really matter whether it was a right wing conspiracy, OR just an opportunity used by the right wing–to advance in the elections, and further neo-con goals – when the effects are the same?
The practice of collective punishment, in this case of using drones on the Libyan people, will just stoke more anti-American hatred (as seen in Yemen, Pakistan etc) by extremist elements, compounding the clear relationship and the need the right wing, and religious extremists have with each other. In 2008, US Africa Command tried desperately, but failed to implement AFRICOM. Their main impediment to implement their goals in Africa, was largely Gadaffi. Are military commanders intent to use this opportunity to pursue it again – that is US military occupation, or bases, throughout the continent of Africa?
Americans must reject the ever increasing military spending, that the US has committed 58% of the entire federal budget to. To justify the massive, insane and ever-growing investment, it must always create chaos, crisis and an enemy for its survival. “For four years, the unnoted deaths of hundreds of civilians in Yemen and Pakistan who were wrongfully killed by these “smart” weapons have not given the Obama administration enough reason to question the troubling consequences of drone warfare. Perhaps the tragic deaths of four Americans in Libya finally will.” (from article: Of Stupid Men and Smart Machines)
As one might ask, what was the intention of an Egyptian Coptic to drive violence against his people back home, not to mention the global response, that was equally inevitable. Marc Levine, in his article from today in Al-Jazeera, titled: Blowback of the ugliest kind: The lessons no one will learn from Benghazi explains the plight of Coptic Christians in Egypt. As these fundamentalist right wingers combine forces, so should those seeking justice, equality and truth to work more closely together.
Arabs and Muslims don’t need to be so defensive, and should quit apologizing for something they did not do. Do white people say sorry when one of theirs goes and shoots up a movie theater of innocent people?? No, so why do the victims of an ongoing campaign of Islamophobia, have to?? Anyway, Libyans have made the point amply, as seen here in 15 pictures of Libyans apologizing to Americans. Still Obomba has all but declared war on Libya. Instead, let us keep our eyes closely on what will happen and most importantly focus on what the effects are, for the people and future of Libya and the region in flames. As in all problems and cases, we know what the US government response, and solution is: deploy their mass military arsenal, thus bringing MORE not less violence and colonization of the Arab world and Africa.
To conclude, I share the words of Mark Levine:
“We can succumb to the hatred and anger and each do our own part to speed the trip to our collective Hell, or we can follow the lead of the heroes of Bourguiba Boulevard, Midan Tahrir, Madrid’s Puerta del Sol, Wall Street and numerous other places where during the last two years, at least for a moment, ordinary people have come together to knock down the system that has oppressed them for as long as they can remember.
Whichever choice we collectively make, events like the Benghazi attacks and all they signify remind us that at least we’ve been warned.”
Footnote from Max Blumenthal’s article: “Klein claims credit for inspiring “Sam Bacile” to produce “The Innocence of Muslims,” promising him he would be “the next Theo Van Gogh,” referring to the Dutch columnist who was murdered by a Muslim extremist. Of the attacks in Libya, Klein said, “We went into this knowing this was probably going to happen.” and is quoted here saying he has “no regrets“. Then it should be a slam dunk legal case against you for all the deaths that have resulted since, and the war crimes that are about to take place! Inshallah, justice will be served.
I’ll continue to post major breaking news and updates here, as the story develops:
In a blogpost titled: Far from being the “obscure cranks” that the Wall St. Journal claims, the makers of this film hPave links up to the very tops of the US capitalist class and its representatives, including the editorial writers for the Wall St. Journal itself connects the film’s main representatives and anti-Islamophob, activist Steve Klien straight to well known members of the well financed anti-Islam, ruling elite.**
About 2,000 protesters in tripoli #Lebanon, 1 killed in clashes with security @RulaAmin #AntiIslamMovie
Around 5,000 protesters in the Sudanese capital angry over an anti-Islam film on Friday stormed the embassies of Britain and Germany, which was torched and badly damaged, an AFP reporter said.
Watch Democracy Now’s excellent interview with Islamic Scholar Tariq Ramadan on the Growing Mideast Protests and “Islam & the Arab Awakening