The Innocence of Muslims, the Naiveté of Hillary Clinton

“I don’t understand,” said the Muslim Arab taxi-driver who drove me to work one day last week. “Why do they always insult the Prophet Muhammed and the Islamic faith?”

Attempts to elicit who “they” are prove less than successful, but I gather he means “America” – a somewhat amorphous entity halfway across the world.  I explain that the controversial film (which,  of course,  he has not seen) was neither created nor sponsored by the American government but by a private citizen, apparently of Egyptian Coptic origin.

I’m not sure if the taxi driver is convinced, but even if he is, he then demands to know: “Why did the Authorities allow him to show the film?”

Once again, I attempt to explain that in the United States, freedom of speech is protected by law. The driver is steadfast in his belief that if “they” were to make a film insulting any other religion, “the Authorities” would have put a stop to it.

I don’t understand,” I say. “There are hundreds of films on YouTube far more insulting to the Prophet Muhammed and to Islam than this one, why has this particular film got everyone so aeriated?”

I feel I have him at a disadvantage here, because, unlike him, I have seen the film – or at least, the fifteen minute trailer – as well as many other “anti-Islamic” films on the Internet. But this doesn’t appear to matter. He, himself, hasn’t seen the film but he has heard from other people (who, I’m ready to bet, haven’t seen it either) that it’s insulting to Muslims and everyone is against it (everyone in the Muslim world, that is – ed.)  and even the American government condemned the film (bit of a contradiction here, surely – ed.)  so why haven’t they banned it?

It seems we’re back to Square One.

“I don’t understand,” says United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, referring to the riots in Benghazi. “I asked myself, how could this happen? How could this happen in a country we helped liberate, in a city we helped save from destruction?”

The Secretary of State doesn’t understand?
The US originally backed the Taliban, in their war against the Soviet-backed Afghanistan government, but as soon as American help was no longer needed, the Taliban turned on the United States.
Many of the Islamist insurgents backed by the USA in Afghanistan, ended up in the ranks of Al Qaeda, sworn enemy of the United States.
Why, then, should it come as any surprise to Mrs Clinton that, despite US support for the anti-Gaddafi revolution (and for the so-called “Arab Spring” in general),  the United States are no more popular in the Arab world than before? Why should it surprise her that the Muslim world, after accepting American help, then repays the US with a slap in the face?

And this is what is really inexplicable. The woman who is ultimately responsible for formulating the foreign policy of the United States – the leader of the Free World – doesn’t understand what is really going on in the Middle East.
I don’t know about you, but I find that thought profoundly disturbing.

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About Shimona from the Palace

Born in London, the UK, I came on Aliyah in my teens and now live in Jerusalem, where I practice law. I am a firm believer in the words of Albert Schweitzer: "There are two means of refuge from the sorrows of this world - Music and Cats." To that, you can add Literature. To curl up on the sofa with a good book, a cat at one's feet and another one on one's lap, with a classical symphony or concerto in the background - what more can a person ask for?
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5 Responses to The Innocence of Muslims, the Naiveté of Hillary Clinton

  1. CATachresis says:

    Some people are very naive or they choose to be!! The way some people behave and the way other people react is totally mystifying!!

  2. davidallon says:

    Mrs Clinton fell into the same old trap, thinking that others’ values and behaviour are similar to ours. If we feel gratitude for help, then everybody does. If we value freedom of speech, everybody does. If we value life, everybody does. Sorry, but it doesnt work that way….

    • Ellen May says:

      The problem is, someone in Hillary Clinton’s position, is supposed to realise that it’s “different strokes for different folks.” I would have thought that was a minimum requirement for the job.

  3. The reason why Muslims turn on the Americans after the Americans have helped liberate them is because they don’t actually want to be liberated; they just want their own particular form of tyranny.

  4. Silke says:

    it says here that there is an article in Le Monde.fr chastising the media

    http://www.perlentaucher.de/magazinrundschau/2012-09-25.html#a35522

    which in its German summary makes me wonder, whether that diagnosed misbehaviour of the media didn’t trigger the reaction that people stayed away from the demonstrations and that even though the German summary claims that the video ran in endless loop on Egyptian TV.

    here is the link to the French piece:
    http://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2012/09/21/les-ravages-du-journalisme-preventif_1763825_3210.html

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