When I saw this image, I knew that the America we now live in is not the America I recall from Civics 101. Egyptian filmmaker Mark Bacile Yousef (pen name Nakoula Basseley Nakoula) was arrested on charges of parole violation after making an anti-Islam film and posting the trailer on YouTube.
To imagine for even a moment that Yousef was truly arrested for parole violation exhibits a naivete on par with an administration insisting that thousands of people with rocket launchers spontaneously attacked an American embassy on 9/11 because of a YouTube video that had been seen about 300 times.
Yousef’s arrest and public flogging is a disgrace. It’s a blatant running over of our treasured First Amendment rights and it’s an obvious cover-up for an inept foreign policy and botched Middle East relations. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and President Obama all insisted for days that this tiny, barely-watched film caused Libya, Egypt, Ethopia and other Muslim nations to erupt in flames and anti-American riots, and the bloodthirsty torture and murder of four Americans at the embassy in Benghazi. To propigate this falsehood, and keep the media busy with that story instead of wondering how hundreds of armed men spontaneously appeared at our embassy, they went after this filmmaker, arresting him on parole violation charges at his Los Angeles home in the middle of the night.
Even worse, the White House repeatedly lied directly to the American people. Within 24 hours of the attack, the intelligence community knew that the militant Ansar al-Shariah and Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb were likely behind the strike on the Embassy. An official said, “No one … believed that the mortars, indirect and direct fire, and the RPGs were just the work of a mob – no one.”
This story should make your blood run cold. No American should be arrested because they are a convenient scapegoat for the party in power. No American life should be treated as cheaply as our Ambassadors and his three brave compatriots were; this administration is so little concerned with the fate of our men and women overseas that our Commander-in-Chief went on ABC’s The View instead of meeting with the leaders of Egypt, Libya and Israel, and talked to David Letterman instead of Benyamin Netanyahu.
Plus, it seems obvious that the angst over this YouTube trailer is mere posturing – after all, if we are so concerned with angering the Muslim world with our media, why is Kathryn Bigelow allowed to create her big-screen, big-budget, to-be-seen-by-millions dramatic recreation of the assassination of Osama Bin Laden?
Oh, right. Because her movie exalts the Obama administration’s foreign policy victory, whereas the terrorist-created deaths of Americans in Libya highlight its failures. This is Free Speech by Decree – allowing the citizens with pro-regime messages to speak and silencing dissent.
We are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights – rights that our government is trying to take away.
“I may disagree with what you have to say, but I shall defend, to the death, your right to say it.” -Voltaire