Faith's role in Mideast embassy attacks
Was religion truly behind it?
- Duration 8:38
- Date Sep 14, 2012
Was religion truly behind it?
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On top of your first because one of the things that is fascinating to me is how you have the sort of insight into.
The Muslim culture but also understanding sort of from the outside.
As well as from the inside.
This film have you seen this film.
I've seen just clips on YouTube about the film itself.
So it and what do you make of this film.
Well of course I mean it's definitely it's done as a comedy.
I really at first glance you cannot really tell if they're talking specifically about the profit or not but you know of course I don't.
-- Muslim myself and ninety miles one person will pick it up right away so.
That's to me the way it was done was unnecessary in light of all of the previous.
You know events that led into riots like -- like the burn the Koran or the cartoon.
Or anything like god but at the same time it's really a struggle between freedom of expression and at the same time.
Basically religious infringements.
In the Middle East -- look at this as if it's a government controlled media meaning the US government should have a say so -- -- -- what takes place in here.
At the same time I didn't realize that the constitution really protect the rights of people to express themselves in any way or any fashion possible.
Please see you heard that sound -- from the man who said you know they need to put the filmmakers to death.
And this really shows the disconnect between our form of democracy.
Our former government and sort of this Middle East mindset I mean what the government supposed to -- housing -- supposed to react to that kind of.
I think it's an educational process and it will take awhile for assets are delayed their form of democracy friends how many -- Egypt as an example.
They're forward -- a democracy is going back to the Islamic -- -- that you -- a lot Islamic roots.
They felt like for the last -- thirty some years away from these values the Islamic values and now going back to it.
Is what they consider to be a democracy so certainly that is this can -- disconnect.
And also -- many times in the Middle East they think -- the way they are accustomed to.
Over their governments like Egypt or Saudi Arabia or others like and they have control over which movie can be shown.
They send serve immediately censor what reports can come out.
And therefore that I -- him that it's a global.
You know basically effort and censorship in other words they assume in Europe and in the US it's the same.
Come down on the brain and runaway reference bird and that he McCormick to talk talk about this -- your reaction to what's going on here.
Let me seven point -- Yeah from a -- stamp -- look you know I agree -- you said the other day that obviously found in -- let's make fun of anyone's religion.
But I think the reaction is overwhelming at the time and I can imagine this you before.
You know accuses Google blood libel and Middle East you'll find so many TV shows an Arab countries.
Which -- talk about Jews drinking the blood marriage or Christians.
There's things really don't know whether constantly.
-- -- religion and we have to you say that all of this is it is not okay hey.
Anti violence is never okay actually never okay.
Two to go up against an embassy and I'm embarrassed I don't know why the the local.
Folks can get the army just to surrounded his -- you know it just it's an as an American is embarrassing to watch.
As a matter of faith I have a a natural tolerance for all religions I I just don't like being force fed -- narrative.
You know -- in terms of this movie being this the sole reason you know I -- -- -- I think when it's becoming more and more watered down I think anyone of the fellas fellas -- -- they wanted to be protesters in the video system will we don't want democracy -- we know they want Sharia law.
And so it's it's and again this whole thing I find myself.
Grasping for words so often because this is just a bizarre thing to us because we are tolerant we -- nation founded upon religious.
Tolerance and freedom -- and let alone these outbreaks of of crazy.
I stayed up one spot -- -- that valve body you can name -- time on this because really stuck by that first reaction.
From the US government and then it -- post and it sent the embassy the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts.
-- misguided individuals or hurt the religious feelings of Muslims of as we -- -- defend believers of all religions you know -- first reaction to go after the filmmakers instead of the protesters what.
What does it say you.
-- -- -- it's just that you really -- here's here's the problem that we're faced with right now especially since the Arab -- Many times that that demonstrators over there they are looking at the US government today.
As a weak government they're assume in that we are -- incapable of defending our own people.
Certainly what's taken place of these embassies shows as if we are on able to even more -- their local governments.
I mean as that of the -- just mentioned it you know it isn't really embarrassing to see that these local governments that were rushing to help many times even financially and militarily.
They can't even protect -- these sovereign entity.
That tells me that either they are cooperating with these demonstrators or they themselves are incapable of even defend in their own sovereignty or -- associated problematic that that is one yet.
Nations that the BBB guards who were actually -- to escort the ambassador away from the area some of them were actually.
It'll traders who were actually telling some of these people some of the militants the route they were taking in order to -- -- to shoot at them yeah I think I think.
You know we have to look at the notion that this might be some really awful growing pains these are some -- -- Entities this new Libya the new Egypt and -- how not to emulate who who -- and make it -- -- -- make light of it but -- If these let's let's face facts you know this this grand old old old ancient -- place of Egypt.
Is currently at an emerging Third World country right now at least in terms of the status of the government who knows who's coordinating with little.
-- you know between the military the police took you know afraid -- government and all these new governments didn't have any credibility you need to protect.
Embassies and that's just the bottom line.
Is is you know if you want to be respected by any.
And around the world you can not have would have -- -- sitting on his last ambassador was it was a very long time.
He's and I have this happen here -- with all these great democracy going on him it's over.
What did he nobody -- this makes it it's an important statement about the Muslim Brotherhood in talking about Egypt talking about how the Americans.
That it helped sort of make that change happen but at the same time didn't realize that the democracy that they got was -- up opposite that they want it.
You've got Muslim Brotherhood you got that president -- Are they prepared operated -- world stage where they have to defend the embassies where they have to.
Real lines of you know the first thing they have to do is -- embassies and condemned the attacks rather they did the other way around they condemn the attacks.
Had you know sympathy with the of the protesters.
-- in this.
It is a problem because it shows that their loyalty first is to the religion.
And two any religious figures.
And that's really where the problem is that we -- in the western US we need to understand that that Islam is an all encompassing system.
In other words you cannot release separated from politics or any other aspects of life.
The government of course -- Egypt today is look united as hey it's an insult on -- profit.
If I tried to basically denounced the demonstrations maybe the people turn against me now so let's say let's dusted let's take it one step at a time.
Even I mean if it looks like probably two days for them to re -- the -- the reacting now to try to protect embassy but should have been done from day one.
-- a little -- you know what bring god bring up a point here.
You would expect the same rights to take place in Saudi -- that is considered to be the center for as long yet over there we're not hearing of any such thing.
Yes there are complains over Twitter and social media and -- writings.
But because the government over there will not allow its people to embarrass it and do these things are taken place in other countries why does that.
Not happen in Saudi Arabia we see it happening and -- in Lebanon in Yemen in Egypt why.
Because the government of Saudi Arabia definitely values its relationship with the United States and -- always -- place of this importance on the table.
Yes they might be upset about the movie yes the clerks over there might be complaining.
Yes people are outraged but at the same time.
That government will always step and and maintain a level of civility at least and and now in terms of -- in the sovereign nations.