If anyone has brought us closer to a repeat of the tragedy of 9/11, it’s Nakoula Basseley Nakoula.
His anti-Muslim, Islam-denigrating atrocity has caused nothing but death and destruction in its wake ever since his demonic finger clicked “Upload”. It has been connected to the death of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya. It has caused uproar in Yemen. And now, Pakistani Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour has placed a bounty on Nakoula’s head, saying:
“I announce today that this blasphemer who has abused the holy prophet, if somebody will kill him, I will give that person a prize of $100,000.”
Bringing the violence to America’s worst case scenario, Bilour then cried out for help from our most active enemies:
“I also invite Taliban and Al-Qaeda brothers to be partners in this noble deed,” he said.
By calling upon Taliban and Al-Qaeda to be “partners”, he is making a rare direct call to the two groups to unite, to unite against America and American interests. And he’s not alone. Bilour’s announcement came after 5,000-strong protests in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, and a protest of 500 in Lahore, led by Islamist group Jamaat-ud-Dawa. This week’s protests in Bangladesh were the bloodiest this week. Nigerian Muslims protested by the thousands in Kano, chanting “death to America, death to Israel and death to the enemies of Islam.” Thousands of Indian Muslims have protested as well. Hezbollah led masses through the streets in Lebanon.
Following Nakoula, not to be outdone, another buffoon decided to sacrifice human lives on the altar of nebulous “free speech”, publishing a defamatory cartoon in the French rag Charlie Hebdo. Germany’s “Titanic” is going to do a similar cover next month.
What in the hell is wrong with these people?
Every single cartoon (looking at you, Jyllands-Pøsten) published in this vein has brought violence in its wake. This alone should make one question these cartoonists’ blind pursuit of free speech at all costs. And unlike the Danish Kurt Westegaard in 2005, today’s cartoonists aren’t bearing the brunt of the outrage themselves. Nakoula is living in hiding with his family while Americans die around the world for his attention-whorism. Nakoula sleeps quietly while Al-Qaeda are rebuilding their murderous chemistry sets and young, fresh Taliban recruits do calisthenics.
France has banned protests in the wake of the “Innocence of Muslims” film, with cops vowing to “break up” any mob. Do our troops in Afghanistan have to protect themselves from mobs now as well?
How many people have to die before these people get off their Voltaire trips? Yes, we have free speech. Many fought and died for it. Mr. Nakoula, if you want to die for free speech, feel free to do so.
Do a film screening tour of Pakistan and Iran — tout de suite – instead of watching in a hotel with your family as others die for you on 1st-Amendment-protected TV.
This isn’t about free speech, this is about responsibility. These people’s irresponsible actions have caused more death and destruction worldwide than any free speech should in 2012. Shame on those who insult Islam — because we get put at risk every time they do.