Random ramblings of a mind damaged by years of disuse and abuse. Also a place to go to be bored to tears.
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Words to live by...
"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and to rest afterward."
(The right to looseness has been officially given)
"Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders," wrote Ludwig von Mises, "no one is relieved of his share of responsibility by others. And no one can find a safe way for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interest, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle."
Apparently, the crossword puzzle that disappeared from the blog, came back.
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Spontaneous? I don't think so
We know that the video trailer for the film "Innocence of Muslims" is at the heart of the anger in the Middle East and elsewhere. There are protests and attacks on U.S. embassies all over the region.
The administration blamed the video for all the unrest, including the attack on our consulate in Libya where the ambassador and 3 others were killed. Well, they did originally... calling it a protest that got out of hand. We now know that isn't so, that the attack was planned. Unless, of course, you believe that the protesters carried rocket-propelled grenade launchers and mortors around with them... as well as automatic weapons.
Let's look back at that video and movie. It was shown in a theater in Los Angeles in June and was pretty much ignored. It was then posted on Youtube on the first of July. It still was pretty much ignored. In September, a radical Islamist had it dubbed into Arabic and began showing it on a local TV channel in Cairo. It still took a few days before protests began. Oddly, they began on September 11... anything familiar about that date?
First, Cairo blew up in protest with crowds attacking the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. Followed by the attack on the consulate in Benghazi in Libya.
I think the radical Islamist found the video and took advantage of it to rile the people and start the unrest. And I think he did it as a "cover" for the planned attack on the Libyan consulate.
Yeah, the making of the film was stupid. But we have, in this nation, the right to be stupid and the right to express that stupidity. We should not apologize for that and we shouldn't let something like this cause us to restrict that right.