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Post-Mortem on the Muhammad Protests

Ellen_L Wrote: Oct 02, 2012 2:57 PM
As long as it is a faith issue pitting Jesus against Mohamet, rationality cannot dictate a path. Reason and the American way of viewing the situation is to recognize that no one can force a mind and trying to only destroys the capacity to value. Insults or appeasements are not arguements or positive suggestions. The problems are obviously oil and Israeli security. The answer is to stand up for our principles and stop the moral equivalence between insults and violence. We should not tolerate violence against our people and property even if it means leaving the arab countries to themselves without our money, trade or aid. Let them decide if it is better to trade or riot and learn where their real interest lies.

As Muslim crowds dissipate and American diplomatic missions return to normal activities, here are three final thoughts on the riots that began this Sept. 11 and killed about thirty:

The movie really did matter: The Obama administration dishonestly skirted responsibility for the murder of four Americans in Libya by claiming that the attack was a protest that got unpredictably out of hand against the "Innocence of Muslims" video. In response, leading analysts have concluded that the video hardly mattered anywhere. Barry Rubin scorns the video as a "phony excuse for the demonstration" in Egypt. Michael Ledeen upbraids the administration...