I didn’t intend to comment on that anti-Islam and anti-Prophet movie originated somewhere in California, but seeing the reaction it caused makes it difficult for me not to be involved. The movie caused some strong reactions across most Arab and Muslim countries including some violent ones in the newly established Arab Spring countries like Egypt and Libya.
These reactions are beyond comprehension for me. I really can’t understand what gets people to protest, burn down fast food chains and embassies, when it’s related to some unknown and unwatched YouTube (insulting of course) video. This is when, technically speaking, Muslims have more urgent religious causes to be angry with like Syria, Palestine, Somalia, Sudan and other countries. They could have picked today the 30th sad memory of the Sabra and Shatila massacre which is believed to have caused some 3,000 Lebanese and Palestinians to be killed.
All this is like the world going mad because my drunken hateful friend uttered some angry in-comprehensive words while changing his flat car tyre after finishing his party. The Internet is full rubbish and insulting stuff. You physically can’t and mentally shouldn’t be following up on them. The right thing to do is to just ignore.
When Ayatollah Khomeini called for the execution of Salman Rushdie because of The Satanic Verses, he only accelerated exponentially the fame of the author and his potential income. Although I must say here Rushdie’s alleged offence is a totally different and a more subtle one.
The film itself doesn’t deserve to be commented on. It has zero common sense or any political argument. It’s done really badly from artistic point of view, full of continuous swear and insulting phrases to Islam. But the question is why the Muslim world wants to respond in a violent way, which is a subject of this stupid movie. Have they thought of clicking in millions on the ‘report’ button on YouTube to prove a point?
Even Hezbollah has jumped today on the bandwagon calling for ‘the biggest participation’ protest to show the support for the Prophet on Monday. Although not a longtime ago Almanar broadcasted an Iranian drama series about Christianity that caused some opposition, not as violent as this one. The Da Vinci Code and Passion of Christ were previous Hollywood examples when non-Muslims were the subjects of similar opposition. But still, anti-Semitism is socially unacceptable in the U.S. more than Islamophobia, which is a main conclusion from the American response to the film.
For now, I look forward to see the reaction of this week’s offensive caricature for both Judaism and Christian – courtesy of The Onions… (click here to see it, but be warned it’s very offensive and not suitable for work).
Photo credit: Reuters (American fast food chains burnt down in Tripoli in north Lebanon)