The somber reflections during the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks now have been overshadowed by acts of cowardice, confusion, and capitulation.
First, Muslim cowards armed with machine guns and rocket propelled grenades attacked an unfortified embassy in Benghazi, burned it to the ground, and killed at least three Americans. The victims included Ambassador Christopher Stevens. That same day another mob of cowards attacked the American embassy in Egypt, pulling down an American flag and hoisting a black Islamic banner in its stead.
Their inspiration? At least some of them viewed an anti-Islamic film on You Tube. Interestingly, every time Westerners produce a movie or cartoon depicting Islam as an intolerant and violent religion, Muslims react in intolerant and violent ways--proving exactly the point of these Western critics. For others, the movie served as a pretense for a well-planned assault.
Second, the embassy in Cairo released an cowardly apologetic and capitulating statement about the film before the crowds acutally breached the compound.
The State Department subsequently walked back these comments, showing the confusion over the proper response to these events. In a press conference President Obama gave a thoughtful tribute to Christopher Stevens and all our diplomats abroad. He clearly condemned the violence and promised to bring the perpetrators to justice. Then he offered this caveat:
"While the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, we must all unequivocally oppose the kind of senseless violence that took the lives of these public servants."
Actually, the denigration of other people's religious beliefs is an American tradition. In fact, in our competitive free market approach to religion, American Christians are most adept at eviscerating the religious dogmas of their denominational competition.
Finally, and perhaps the biggest act of cowardice of all, is that the producer of the film that sparked the violence has gone into hiding. He made the movie for who knows what reason. We already know everything he probably has to say.
Yes, we know Islam is an intolerant and violent religion.
Yes, we have the right to assert that claim in a movie.
Yes, while other lost their lives, you Sam Bacile, according to media reports, have gone into hiding.
What a f****** coward.