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I understand why people get upset if someone makes a video insulting their religion. What puzzles me is how attacking US embassies is supposed to help. Given the secrecy surrounding the production of the video, it seems unlikely that the US government could have stopped it, even if they didn't have a constitutional protection for free speech. Surely if anything, this behaviour gives succour to those who seek to portray Islam in a negative light?

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smhwpf
Sep. 14th, 2012 06:30 pm (UTC)
Monumentally stupid, but a lot of people in the Muslim world are extremely angry at the US for many (often very valid) reasons that it makes the US a very easy target to take something like this out on.

Also, a lot of the crowds come from the most extreme Salafist sections of the population. For every one taking part in the violence at the US embassies, there's probably 10 who are also deeply offended by the film, but also agree that attacking US embassies is an extremely stupid way of responding to it.
quizcustodet
Sep. 16th, 2012 03:21 pm (UTC)
To take Sam's point a little bit further: it appears that, to many people in the Muslim world (including those living in the West), the West's foreign policy is so offensive and misguided that it appears possible or even likely that it could be motivated by the sort of hatred of Islam which this film propagates, and thus that this film has the implicit or explicit backing of the government.

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