Saturday, September 15, 2012

It’s Not About The Movie!

Suspected Islamic militants fired on the US consulate in Libya with rocket-propelled grenades and antiaircraft weapons then set it ablaze on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the United States by al-Qaida.  The US ambassador to Libya and three of his staff were brutally killed.

It is being reported that, “according to senior diplomatic sources, the US State Department had credible information 48 hours before mobs charged the consulate in Benghazi, and the embassy in Cairo, that American missions may be targeted.” So even though the Obama Administration was warned of an embassy attack but it did NOTHING. Even so, no warnings were given for diplomats to go on high alert and “lockdown”, under which movement is severely restricted.
The last time the Obama attended his daily intelligence meeting, according to the public schedule of the president, was September 5th.  The president was scheduled to hold the intelligence meeting at 10:50 a.m. Wednesday, the day after the vicious attacks.  The intelligence meeting had been canceled so that he could attend a ceremony at the State Department.  Then it was off to attend a Las Vegas fundraiser for his re-election campaign rather than rescheduling one of those stuffy old intelligence briefing for later in the day. 

It may be interesting to note here that Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush almost never missed his daily intelligence meeting.  Then again Obama is so brilliant he doesn’t need to be briefed even during a time of war. (Yes we are at war and yes we still have troops dying in Afghanistan)
While AL-Qaeda has said that the deadly attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya was in revenge for the killing of the network's number two Sheikh Abu Yahya al-Libi, the administration is still trying to sell the story that these brutal murders will the results of anger of the movie Innocence of Muslims.

The US administration is now facing a crisis in Libya. Sensitive documents have gone missing from the consulate in Benghazi and the supposedly secret location of the “safe house” in the city, where the staff had retreated, came under sustained mortar attack. Other such refuges across the country are no longer deemed “safe”.

Also missing is a list names of Libyans who are working with Americans, putting these people potentially at risk from extremist groups.

Let not your heart be troubled, our “fearless” leader has our Secretary of State Hillary Clinton out apologizing for the video Innocence of Muslims.

Yes you heard that right, apologizing.  Hilary assures Muslims that "America's commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation, and as you know, we are home to people of all religions. "To us — to me, personally,'' she said, "this video is disgusting and reprehensible. It appears to have a deeply cynical purpose, to denigrate a great religion and provoke rage.  We condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. . . . Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.

Hilary left out the part that said that she only rejects these actions so far as it pertains to Muslims.  Christians and Catholics though are quite a different ball of wax. For eample the painting The Holy Virgin Mary by Chris Ofili which featured the Virgin Mary surrounded by elephant dung and collaged pornographic images.  The artist wasn’t “Catholic Bashing”, no this was ART pure and simple.

Then there’s Piss Christ is a 1987 photograph by the American artist and photographer Andres Serrano.  It depicts a small plastic crucifix submerged in a glass of the artist's urine.  As a matter of fact Serrano received $15,000 for the work, part of it from the taxpayer-funded National Endowment for the Arts.  I’m wondering if Hillary found this work of art disgusting and reprehensible. 

As far as movies go there is the movie I refused to see called The Last Temptation of Christ.  The film depicted Christ being tempted by imagining himself engaged in sexual activities, a notion that has caused outrage from some Christians. The movie included a disclaimer explaining that it departs from the commonly-accepted Biblical portrayal of Jesus' life.  I didn’t realize that it was commonly-accepted that Jesus fantasized about sex with prostitutes.  Where is that in the scriptures exactly?  Film critic Roger Ebert later included the film in his list of "Great Movies".

Meanwhile the maker of video Innocence of Muslims, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, has been interviewed by federal probation officers at a Los Angeles sheriff's station.  Nakoula is being investigated for violating his parole in which he was told he could not have any access to the Internet "without the prior approval of the probation officer." Nakoula was ordered to detail any online devices and cellphones to authorities and was told his devices would be monitored and subject to searches.

Egypt’s government demanded that the US administration take a firm position against the filmmaker(s), in accordance with international documents that criminalize acts that foment strife on the basis of race, color or religion. In a statement, the Council of Ministers said that the Cabinet will take the necessary legal actions in this regard. 

It would appear to me that Obama is looking for a way to do just that.

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