“No More Insults to Islam!”

The torching of the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, signals our fundamental vulnerabilities. photo: Daily Mail

The Duchess of Cambridge is upset that her breasts were captured on camera and printed in a French glossy gossip rag. The Lybian people, or some Libyans, or a rogue CIA agent, or some Christian fundamentalist false-flag artists, or a Zionist gang — someone killed a U.S. ambassador in Benghazi, Libya, on Tuesday, September 11th, along with a lesser diplomat and two Marines. This sounds like big news to me. Bigger than Middleton’s small breasts.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, how was anyone able to trash a U.S. embassy, Hilary Clinton? Isn’t your first job to protect your staff?

Rumor has it, the ambassador’s assassination is a response to a movie that mocks Muslims. What’s worse? The faith of your fathers or the breasts of your someday queen? A French tabloid or a YouTube video? Is this a religious issue or an economic one?

Like everything else these days, it’s a PR problem, a propaganda nightmare. How many symbols can you cram into one news story?

In Tripoli, Lebanon, an icon of deep-fried slavery got an Islamic makeover. photo: Daily Mail

And what exactly is the story?

The beginning of the end of U.S. presence in the Middle East. The turning point.

CULTURE WAR UPDATE: Invasion of privacy, invasion of territory. Where is a person safe? In his mind, Prince William is suffering a flashback. His mom was killed by paparazzi. The world’s not safe for him. The French, it’s always the French! Middle Eastern Muslims understandably feel the same way about Americans: hands off the only thing we have left: the prophet Mohammed. It’s a male dignity thing. Very volatile. In both cases, it’s a war of symbols, and the symbols are drenched in blood.

UPDATE: The Daily Mail has the hysteria.

UPDATE DETAILS: from The Independent:

There is growing belief that the attack was in revenge for the killing in a drone strike in Pakistan of Mohammed Hassan Qaed, an al-Qa’ida operative who was, as his nom-de-guerre Abu Yahya al-Libi suggests, from Libya, and timed for the anniversary of the 11 September attacks.

Senator Bill Nelson, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said: “I am asking my colleagues on the committee to immediately investigate what role al-Qa’ida or its affiliates may have played in the attack and to take appropriate action.”

According to security sources the consulate had been given a “health check” in preparation for any violence connected to the 9/11 anniversary. In the event, the perimeter was breached within 15 minutes of an angry crowd starting to attack it at around 10pm on Tuesday night. There was, according to witnesses, little defence put up by the 30 or more local guards meant to protect the staff. Ali Fetori, a 59-year-old accountant who lives near by, said: “The security people just all ran away and the people in charge were the young men with guns and bombs.”

Wissam Buhmeid, the commander of the Tripoli government-sanctioned Libya’s Shield Brigade, effectively a police force for Benghazi, maintained that it was anger over the Mohamed video which made the guards abandon their post. “There were definitely people from the security forces who let the attack happen because they were themselves offended by the film; they would absolutely put their loyalty to the Prophet over the consulate. The deaths are all nothing compared to insulting the Prophet.”

2 thoughts on ““No More Insults to Islam!”

  1. We have sacrificed our own people and that is tragic and sad. I do hope it is the beginning of the end to our current type of presence in the Middle East which has been to tread/stomp heavily AND carry a big unpersoned drone. Is it so hard for our ‘leaders’ to see that for every act of war we engage in, there will be a violent response from an unseen ‘enemy’? There is a critical need for some real intelligence in the corridors of power. Get busy people.

    • i was just wondering what it would take to make dismantling the empire a campaign issue. i keep thinking of the Suez Canal and England’s wise choice to get the hell out of Dodge. they saved themselves a lot of heartache. of course, they’d already put themselves and everybody else through a lot. what does it take for us to “come home” and actually take care of ourselves?

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