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Why are Islamic Nations Agitated about an Obscure Film: Innocence of Muslims?
A Movie That Deserves No Prominence
Mohammed founded a great religion. This fact cannot be denied. It is also a fact that the appeal of the religion bypassed frontiers and societies with the result as on date it is the second largest religion in the world. These are infallible facts and though one can at times fault the method of conversion which was the sword, the fact remains that millions converted to Islam.
The Islamic World
The Islamic nations are spread in an arc from Africa to the Middle East and South East Asia and encompass diverse peoples and ethnic groups. The unifying force for all is Islam as enunciated by Mohammed and Koran is believed to be his spoken word and thus the word of god and sacrosanct.
A Poorly made Film and its Effect
With such a vast following it is a matter of surprise that a poorly made and silly film should have created so much turbulence. This obscure film has ignited a wave of violence against America in particular and the West, in general, that is hard to explain. It points to the fact that the religion is dominated by hard-line extremists, who have a different agenda. It is not the film that is in focus but its use as a ploy to further a nefarious agenda by the extremist Muslims for the imposition of a Wahhabi Form of extremist Islam on the people. The aim is to seize power and establish an Islamic caliphate all over the world.
The Wahhabi 's and the USA
In this battle for an Islamic caliphate, the main adversary as seen by the extremists is the USA and that is the reason the USA is targeted. The film is just incidental and a convenient ploy to channel the 'anger' of the people. Frankly, 99% of the world would have never heard of this movie "Innocence of Muslims" which is a shoddy and poorly made film. I would never have bothered about it, but this agitation and resultant rioting brought the movie into focus and now everybody knows about it and excerpts are available on You Tube, I suppose many would have seen them as well.
Comparison with Christianity
Many books have been written castigating a core Catholic belief that Jesus Christ died on the cross. Some have opined that he did not die on the cross and died much later in Kashmir, but this has not resulted in any rioting or violent reaction. Similarly, I remember reading a book that Rama the Hindu God was a myth created to suppress the scheduled castes. There was no violent reaction. Thus one wonders how a silly film on Islam like 'Innocence of Muslims' can lead to such organized violence.
Organized Violence in the Name of Islam
Organised violence it was as rockets and weapons were used to kill the US ambassador in Libya. One also wonders how such a film by an obscure man which hardly had any viewership can harm a great religion like Islam. Is Islam so weak as to be threatened by one silly film? Many agitators when asked if they had seen the film replied in the negative. So rioting and killing without seeing is again a dangerous pointer that the Wahabbi or ultra-conservative forces gaining control over Islam and the plan to set up an Islamic caliphate all over the world is in full swing.
It's a Poor Film Meant for the Dust BIn
Coming to the film 'Innocence of Muslims' deserves to be consigned to the dustbin of films, but unfortunately, the agitation has brought unnecessary coverage to a man who didn't deserve it. He should have been a nobody, but now everybody is talking and writing about him and his film
Obviously the agenda as I have pointed out is different. It is part of a grand design to set up an Islamic caliphate. This is the danger. Today it is the film, tomorrow it will be something else. The fact also remains that Islam mostly spread by the sword and that is the instrument that dominates Islamic thought. Hence recourse to terrorism , wars and talking of destruction of the "evil West " and Israel.
This is a critical period in world history. I do not for one moment envisage a war of religions. There are saner elements in Islamic ruled states who realize the dangers of this war which could end in defeat for the Muslims. What we need is to encourage the moderate forces in Islam, but that is no easy task as the West is branded as Evil.
Sometimes a hard line is needed from the west but the American leadership is now caught with self doubt. Obama the man on the spot is to my mind suspect. His father was a Muslim and he went to a Madrasa , a Muslim religious school for 2 years. Is he the right man for the job?