Gregory G. H. Rihn (milwaukeesfs) wrote,
Gregory G. H. Rihn

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So that I could write about it with some authority, I looked up the thirteen minute 'trailer' for "The Innocence of Muslims" that is the alleged reason for rioting and mayhem in the Mideast. I don't recommend it. It's not just bad, it's painfully bad. The actors (who assert that they were hired to shoot a different piece, and the anti-Islamic dialog was dubbed in afterward) should be ashamed. Even accepting that those aren't their voices (the badness of the dubbing is pretty obvious), what can be seen of the acting is either wooden or amatureishly histrionic. The camera work is clumsy, and the dialog we hear incredibly bad. You could hardly make up worse even intending to.

Unfortunately, all the slurs against the Prophet and Islam are intentionally in there. The trailer portrays Mohammad as a misbegotten, perverse, and degenerate criminal, and the Koran as a fraud. People of the Islamic faith would be correct to be upset with this scurrilous piece of crap--.

--Except that if some shit-stirrer hadn't helpfully re-dubbed the trailer into Arabic and circulated it around the Mideast, the thing would have quietly died the obscure and unlamented death it deserved.

And the response to this has been a grotesque over-reaction by the "Arab Street," as we saw previously in response to rumors of mistreatment of the Koran by American soldiers, or the threats to burn the Koran by jerk Pastor Terry Jones. Now, I'm sure that these provocations are being exploited by terrorists and anti-American agitators. The attack on the Embassy in Libya which killed a popular Ambassador with a history of supporting the Libyan revolution was almost certainly a planned attack using demonstrators as cover. I understand that people who have never, ever, lived in a country with a tradition of free expression might not understand what that means in the United States, and that the government does not actually, even tacitly, approve these idiocies.

However, I can't fathom what kind of sense of "justice" thinks that it's right to attack and punish any American, any Westerner, or any Christian they can catch because the culpable parties are out of reach. In these cases, I'm sure that what's really at work are thugs acting out their ignorant despite of everything Western, if not actually politically motivated.

I am a strong supporter of First Amendment rights. I accept that there are times when giving offense may be appropriate. However, I also believe that, when exercising your rights, you must do so responsibly, and with an eye toward the consequences of your actions. Therefore, I also say that pinheads such as the perpetrators of "The Innocence of Muslims" should STFU, and not heedlessly bring about the deaths of the truly innocent. Whining that embassy security measures are inadequate, as one of the filmmakers has done, does not excuse them of their complicity in this bloodshed.

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