Things in the Middle East are getting out of hand. Ok, not only do I state the obvious; I grossly understate the facts. As I hear the news and read the headlines, I have a mixture of emotions. I’m appalled that anyone would go to such radical extremes for any religion – especially a religion that claims to promote peace. At the same time, a part of me is darkly amused, because I know that this group of extremists does not represent the entire Muslim faith. While I do not claim to know much about their religion, I do recognize radical behavior. When insulted by the way a film portrays your religion, one does not want to go attacking embassies and promoting chaos in the streets. It only serves to decrease one’s credibility.
In case you aren’t up to speed on current events, let me give you a brief summary:
On the 11thanniversary of 9/11, Islamic demonstrators staged violent protests at U.S. diplomatic missions in Egypt and Libya. The attack on the Benghazi consulate in Libya resulted in the death of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. The last time an American ambassador died in a violent assault was 33 years ago, when Ambassador Adolph Dubs was kidnapped and assassinated in Afghanistan.
Demonstrators attack the U.S. embassies in Yemen and Egypt on 9/13. Protesters were throwing stones and there were reports of gunfire. People were injured before the government got troops on the scene.
That same day, about 200 demonstrators gathered outside the U.S. embassy in Kuwait. This demonstration was peaceful, but the signs of “USA stop the bullshit” (in English) … well, that’s something we’ve always seen in the Middle East.
Western embassies in Tunisia and Sudan were attacked. In Tunisia, two people were killed after crowds breached the embassy.
While the U.S. embassy was the common target, protesters also hit the UK and German embassies. I could keep on listing, but why don’t you look at this article that shows a map of all the protests going on instead. Just scroll to the bottom:
Two U.S. Marines were killed early Saturday during a sustained attack on an Afghanistan base. Three or four more troops were wounded. While there were no organized demonstrations outside its gates, the timing is just impeccable…
I’ll be honest; I don’t know how this is going to play out. I know they need to calm-the-fuck-down, and I don’t see it happening any time soon.