POSTED: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 4:16pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 6:16pm
Security has been tightened at us embassies and consulates following the death of the US Ambassador to Libya.
And the cause of the riot that took the life of Ambassador Chris Stevens apparently took everyone by surprise.
And it all apparently began with a truly cheesy movie…and where it ends, no one knows.
It’s called “Innocence of Muslims” made by someone named Sam Bacille, who claims to be Israeli.
He told the Wall Street Journal he wanted to expose the real Islam.
The movie though, is more like a senior class play on film.
But once on YouTube, it was enough to spark deadly riots that eventually took the lives of Libyan Ambassador Christopher Stevens and 3 security guards..
My old friend Michael Friedson is an American journalist in Israel.
“The real question is to what extent has what has been termed the Arab Spring,” he told KETK, “opened the door to this kind of street judgement. If you go crazy and storm buildings everytime some idiot says something that you disagree with, then you have anarchy.’
He says similar riots in Cairo show President Morsi is more in command of the situation.
“Egypt is not in total chaos and Egypt is exhibiting certain signs of reasonableness,” says Friedson.
But he says this shows the unpredictability of the so-called “Arab Spring.”
And given US aid to Egypt, and the US role in freeing Libya, will this make America less likely to help Syrians fighting Bashir Assad?
“This region is run unquestionably by the old adage, the enemy of my enemy is my friend,” he says. “So for right now, the erstwhile enemies, the opposition force, the Free Syrian Army and Al Qaeda are actually sharing a purpose in getting rid of Assad. They have different goals at the end, but with the strength of Al Qaeda, you can’t be too careful.”
One thing is certain, this brings foreign policy into sharp focus in the Presidential race.