As I was uploading this video to YouTube, I saw a headline out of an Israeli newspaper:
Today, on 9/11, an American embassy (which is legally American soil) was invaded, and the American flag was pulled down, torn up, and burned.
Because an unnamed film being produced by unnamed people is insulting to the Prophet in some undetermined way. No one seems to have actually seen this movie or script, but its rumored existence is reason enough to invade U.S. soil and desecrate the U.S. flag on a national day of mourning.
And, to be honest, I’m not sure what’s worse: that, or our embassy’s response:
“We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others,” the US embassy said in its statement.
How can we condemn something when there is no proof that it even exists? And what about our feelings? Where’s their apology for offending the people who are in mourning today?
Invading our embassy and vandalizing our flag is an act of terrorism, not a protest against a legitimate grievance. It’s telling all Americans that if you dare say anything that we perceive as negative against our religion or its prophet–if you even hint at it–we will destroy everything you hold dear. And when we can’t openly protest or disagree with a religion or political party, we will soon be conquered by the same.
If you don’t stand up for something, you’ll lie down for everything.
Eleven years ago, more than two thousand people died because America stood for something. Let’s not start lying down.