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  •  There are reasons why some Muslims might think (4+ / 0-)

    that the people killed were not entirely innocent.  My impression is that some Muslims think that an important function of government is to prevent or punish verbal attacks against Islam, and the U.S. government has been derelict in its duty on this score.  From that perspective, attacking U.S. government employees is more understandable.  We need stronger promotion of American values to explain why the U.S. government should not be taken to be responsible for the offensive movie.  

    •  The US set itself up for that (1+ / 0-)
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      When that preacher burned the Koran last year, the US fell all over itself to make a statement on it. That showed the world the U.S. does "take responsibility" for apologizing/controlling the speech/acts of its own citizens.

      We have taught the world that an angry mob is the way to dictate their will over the U.S., and in the future the violence will just escalate over more and more trivial matters.

      It will eventually get to the point where a celebrity takes the Lord's name in vain on TV show with a global audience, and the outbreaks of violence will make it about the U.S.'s failure to stop offensive speech.

      We might as well tear up the Constitution and throw out the rights of our citizens right now if we're going to trade in our laws to meet the demands of the perpetually Offended.

      Le nirvane n'existe pas. - Etienne Lamotte

      by breakingranks on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 08:51:39 AM PDT

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      •  Given that the statement they gave (3+ / 0-)

        was explicitly about how the government didn't take responsibility for the Koran burning I think you really need rethink your thesis there.  The government isn't responsible for this shit and has been trying to tell people that whenever this shit happens.  Of course, when you live in a country where the government regularly censors things then you might just not believe that.  

        Especially when the government in question is also responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands, if not million, over the last thirty or so years.  Oh and that same country supported brutal dictators for years in the same countries.

        The revolution will not be televised. But it will be blogged, a lot. Probably more so than is necessary.

        by AoT on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 04:19:55 PM PDT

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    •  Given that most Muslims in the Middle East (3+ / 0-)

      live in countries where the government has control over which movies get made and distributed it isn't completely unreasonable for them to assume that this is a normal thing and that the US government approves of this movie as evidenced that it got made and distributed.

      We need stronger promotion of American values to explain why the U.S. government should not be taken to be responsible for the offensive movie.  
      Exactly!  And maybe we could explain to people that no one in the US except for the people who made this movie had even seen it before these riots started.

      The revolution will not be televised. But it will be blogged, a lot. Probably more so than is necessary.

      by AoT on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 04:13:57 PM PDT

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