11th ACR has asked when I’ll comment on the anti-Muslim movie and the Mohammad cartoons from a French Magazine. Ok, I’ll see what I can do here.
First I don’t believe the current riots and protest have much to do with this little known or seen YouTube video. I haven’t seen it or care to. My general feeling at this time is that these protest a bit more organized than they appear. Islamist have seen an opening, a weakness and are pressing their perceived advantage. This has been expected by those of us watching this for many years. If the west continues to placate and apologize then we will continue to see these types of actions.
That said there are many in the region that will look for and find any reason to riot against the west. As Charles Krauthammer said the other day, the response from the west should be, go to hell. We don’t and should not ever give up the ideas of free speech because of a culture of five year olds.
So does that mean the French magazines that published Mohammad cartoon are correct? Yes, all people, all religions are subject to questioning, to jokes or mockery. A strong person or religion just shrugs it off or may discuss the issues but never approves of destruction or violence upon others. A grown-up laughs it off, especially if it’s a funny joke, and just moves on.
What will happen now? I don’t know. What I will say is that in history the United States has been misread many times. The US has been underestimated over and over. It will be again. Unfortunately our foreign policy is in disarray and the chances of more attacks should be expected.