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8 Sentenced a to Die Over the “Video”

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 30, 2012

This past summer a low-grade amateur video called “Innocence of Muslims” caused quite a stir and outrage for some in Islamic countries.  The video portrayed Mohammed in a negative manner.  Initially, this video was blamed for the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya that killed the US ambassador and three other Americans.  President Obama spoke at the United Nations a few weeks later and condemned the video.  It was clear from almost the day of the attack, September, 11, 2012, that the video played no role in the Benghazi attack.

During the same week of the Benghazi attack, violent riots broke out in Cairo, Egypt, supposedly in response to the video.  It is likely that these riots were fermented by local groups intent on making political advantage of the situation.

The Wall Street Journal reported that an Egyptian court has sentenced eight people, including seven Egyptian Coptic Christians and the American pastor, to death for a relationship to the video and/or defamation of Islam.  While none of the eight currently reside in Egypt and are therefore unlikely to meet the sentence, this action is an ominous sign indicating the ongoing radicalization of Egypt.

The Obama Administration and the President himself were quick to jump to the incorrect conclusion that the amateur video played a role in the Benghazi attack.  President Obama should publicly criticized Egypt for these corrupt sentences that will be used to justify future violence against those that disagree with Islamist clergy or governments.  The President and others who appease the radicals will bear culpability for future violent acts.


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