The Current Unpleasantness

Wednesday, I wrote about the unrest caused in Libya and Egypt by an independent film that showed Islam and the prophet Mohammed in, shall we say, a less than flattering light. 5 Americans were killed, including ambassador Chris Stevens. Since then, more information has come to light. Things like supposed film maker doesn’t exist. Well, he does exist, but his name isn’t Sam Bacile and he isn’t Jewish. Authorities believe his name is Nakoula Bassely Nakoula. Nakoula is a shadowy figure that seems to have a problem with the truth; in 2009, he was convicted of bank fraud. If he is Sam Bacile, he concealed the name and content of his movie from actors, producers and everyone else involved. If he made the movie, he used an assumed name, claimed Israeli citizenship (the Israeli’s say they have no record of him) and said Israeli doctors financed his film (again, the Israeli’s deny any involvement). The name on the Screen Actors Guild paperwork is Abenob Nakoula Bassely, so I think it’s a safe bet the Nakoula is Bacile. We may never know for sure, but the fact that Nakoula is in hiding after the release of the film speaks volumes.

Something else that’s come to light since I last wrote is Mitt Romney revealed that his desperation to be president overrides his common sense. Romney was critical of  the Obama administration’s response to the situation, saying :  “The Obama administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks…” The thing is, the statement he was responding to was put out by the U. S. Embassy in Cairo and neither that statement, nor Secretary of State Clinton’s sympathized with the attackers. In fact, Clinton said in her speech: “I condemn in the strongest terms the attack on our mission in Benghazi today…” President Obama said in his remarks: “I strongly condemn the outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi, which took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens…”  Both statements came hours after Romney’s, which was released a little before midnight on September 11th, supposedly a “no cheap shot” zone. What a classy guy.

Over the last couple of days, the violence has escalated. The German embassy in Sudan was set fire to, people climbed the walls of the U. S. embassy in Tunis waving Muslim flags and protestors in Tripoli set fire to a KFC and an Arby’s with one man being killed by security forces. The thing is, this isn’t the same old same old we’ve seen before. Security forces are finally coming out to restore some semblance of order. More and more muslims are stepping up to condemn the violence. In fact, there are tons of pictures from Libya apologizing for what’s happened and telling us they’re down with violence either. Therefore, our response should be different, also. At this very point in time, we have a chance to be that Christian Nation the right claims we are That means we don’t open a can of whoop ass on anybody that messes with us. Instead, I’m reminded of a quotation from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that”

Maybe it’s time we tried love instead of bombs and bullets.