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If you ever doubted the power of the media….

English: Middle East and North Africa

English: Middle East and North Africa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

…here is some evidence that will change your mind, courtesy of the New York Times

http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/13/protests-spread-across-middle-east-as-anger-over-video-mounts/?smid=pl-share

Protests are spreading across the Middle East and North Africa over a film called “The Innocence of Muslims,” which criticizes and ridicules the Prophet Muhammad.

Most of the protests and violence have targeted US embassies and consulates, and have now spread to over 20 nations. Release of this film led to the murder of Chris Stevens, U.S. envoy to the Transitional National Council (also a former Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco, I might add).

The anti-Islamic film that led to this crisis was produced by a man claiming to be an Egyptian Jew. Turns out this was not true. Sam Bacile, aka Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, is already in custody for his role in creating a film that has had such destructive consequences. He has ties to an Egyptian Coptic Christian church, from what I have been reading.

All in time for the anniversary of September 11. No coincidence, in my opinion.

The moral of the story: Never underestimate the power of an idiot with an idea and a camera.

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