What is Real Reason Behind Current Middle East Anti-American Sentiment?
Was violence sparked by a movie allegedly insulting to the religion of Islam, or is that just a pretext?
Al-Qaida affliates as well as Taliban members have laid claim to some of the anti-American violence currently spreading across the globe. In a recent Huffington Post story, it is suggested that it is an attempt by these organizations to co-opt the violence. It does, however, refer to attempts by U.S. and Libyan officials to see if the protests were used as a cover for planned and coordinated terrorists attacks. Many reports also find that the murders at the Libyan Consulate on the anniversary of 9/11 just too much of a coincidence. This also was not the first attack on that location and other attacks took place before reports of the movie surfaced.
The YouTube video in itself appears to be a bit of mystery, with not much yet known about those behind the movie, except that a person being questioned is an Egyptian who lives in California. A CBS news report claims that they were told the movie was made with the financial backing of a group of Christians, Jews and Muslims with ties to the Middle East. It was filmed outside of Los Angeles and the trailer is what is reported to have fueled the outbreak of violence.
So what do you think is behind all the current anti-American sentiment in the Middle East? Do you think it is in response to an inflamatory anit-islamic movie or is that just the pretext?