In case you haven’t seen the trailer yet, it’s worth seeing it just to give some context to the bloodshed and violence being waged by protestors in Libya, Egypt, and Syria this week. It’s hard to say, really, if it’s the film itself that has provoked the protests — and the death of four Americans, including the United States ambassador to Libya, as well as an American consultate member in Benghazi — or if the film is just the excuse that some extremists are using to incite unrest.
I don’t know enough about Middle Eastern politics or world religion to offer a proper opinion, except to say this: I can’t believe this hacky film from some nutjub Christian fundamentalist is responsible for so much violence, for perhaps re-shaping the presidential race, and for possibly pushing us to the brink of war. It’s also hard for me to understand why Obama is being attacked for condemning the film that sparked these protests, nor do I understand why apologizing for what is apparently a heinous film (certainly in production values, writing, and acting) makes him a terrorist sympathizer.
The NYTimes blog, The Lede, has been the best source I can find for following this mess, but even still, something as monumental as these protests over what seems to be the Anti-Muslim equivalent of The Room is beyond my capacity for understanding.
(Hat Tip: Maguita NYC, who will be blamed if the comments on this post goes pear-shaped).