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The Muhammad Movie Riots

The latest battle in the Islamic war against the freedom of speech.

by
Robert Spencer

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September 17, 2012 - 12:00 am
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Instead, he appeared eager to give the Islamic supremacists exactly what they wanted. He pressed Google, which had previously announced that the offending film about Muhammad fell within its guidelines and thus would not be removed from YouTube, to review its guidelines and remove it after all. Google, to its immense credit, refused. And he had the alleged filmmaker, a Coptic Christian named Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, arrested on a parole violation for posting the film, since the terms of his parole included staying away from the Internet. Nakoula has been released, but could still be charged and imprisoned.

Nakoula has a checkered past, reportedly including methamphetamine dealing and bank fraud. But if he is indeed sent back to jail because of this video, no matter what priors he has, no matter how checkered his past, make no mistake: he will be a political prisoner. He will be in prison not for the meth or the fraud or for the technicality of the probation violation, but for insulting Muhammad. His imprisonment will be a symbol of America’s capitulation to the Sharia.

For that is what these riots and murders are about. The mainstream media is focusing solely on the Muhammad video, identifying everyone who was involved with it, however peripherally (I myself had nothing to do with it at all, but have been named as involved in several stories since one of the other people allegedly involved with it spoke at a couple of rallies that Pamela Geller and I organized), and by doing so, endangering the lives of innocent people. But in reality, the film is just a pretext. It has become clear that the riots were orchestrated and planned long in advance, in part to get the blind sheikh, Omar Abdel Rahman, mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, freed from prison in the U.S. and returned to Egypt, and above all to frighten the West into criminalizing honest analysis of how Islamic jihadists use the texts and teachings of Islam to justify violence and supremacism. This is a global effort to intimidate the U.S. into abandoning the freedom of speech.

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula could be the fall guy who gains the unfortunate distinction of becoming the first offender against the new federal crime of blasphemy against Islam.

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Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His next book, Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About the War We’re In, will be published April 14 by Regnery Publishing.
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