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Islamists attack American diplomats. The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald attacks moral sanity


The reaction by Glenn Greenwald to the despicable murder of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens by Islamist terrorists in Libya represents a great indicator of just how low those schooled in the language of the anti-imperialist left will go to avoid even the most obvious conclusions about the motivations of our enemies.

Hours after Stevens and several others were killed – when the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya was rocked by grenades – the ‘Comment is Free’ correspondent implored his readers not to employ even the most intuitive moral reasoning and to remember who the real villains, as always, are in the story.

In ‘The tragic consulate killings in Libya and American hierarchy of human life‘, Greenwald reminds us early on who is to blame, basing his assertions on reports which have since been undermined.

“The attacks were triggered by rage over an amateurish and deeply hateful film about Islam…quickly circulated in the Muslim world, sparking widespread anger (the US embassy in Cairo was also attacked).

The anti-Islam film was written, directed and produced by an Israeli real estate developer living in California, Sam Bacile. He claimed, in an interview with Haaretz, that the film “cost $5m to make and was financed with the help of more than 100 Jewish donors”…

the intent seems clear: to provoke Muslims into exactly the sort of violent rage that we are now witnessing.

Sam Bacile and his cowardly anonymous donors are repellent cretins for producing this bottom-feeding, bigoted, hateful “film” that has no apparent purpose but to spread anti-Islamic hatred and provoke violent reactions.

All the rage and denunciations of these murders in Benghazi are fully justified, but one wishes that even a fraction of that rage would be expressed when the US kills innocent men, women and children in the Muslim world, as it frequently does.”

However, the initial reports about the attack are beginning to fall apart.  

In addition to the fact that the U.S. is investigating the possibility that the attacks were coordinated by either al-Qaeda or another Islamist group to coincide with the anniversary of 9/11, and were not motivated by the film, reports now indicate that the film maker isn’t Israeli or Jewish but an American Coptic Christian, (a fact Greenwald acknowledged in an update).

Greenwald, well-schooled in the anti-imperialist cant of Noam Chomsky, then offers the following:

“Just compare the way in which the deaths of Americans on 9/11, even more than a decade later, are commemorated with borderline religious solemnity, as opposed to the deaths of the hundreds of thousands of foreign Muslims caused by the US, which are barely ever acknowledged. There is a clear hierarchy of human life being constantly reinforced by this mentality, and it is deeply consequential.”

Actually, there seems to be no basis whatsoever for the claim that “hundreds of thousands of foreign Muslims caused by the US.”

While the number of civilian deaths in Iraq (a nation which has suffered the largest casualty count where Coalition forces have been stationed) is often cited as over 160,000 since the start of hostilities in 2003, those citing this figure rarely note that the majority of deaths weren’t caused by American or Coalition forces.  

In fact, only 12% of civilian deaths in Iraq are directly attributable to actions by U.S./Coalition forces, based on a comprehensive study of casualties during the height of the insurgency 2003-2008.  Out of the remaining casualties, the perpetrators were soldiers in the Iraqi army and, mostly, homegrown, foreign (or unknown) terrorists.  So, the overwhelming majority of Muslim civilian casualties in Iraq have been caused by other Muslims.

Further, in addition to the unserious moral comparison between the intentional mass murder of American civilians by Islamist extremists and the unintentional killing of civilians by U.S. forces, even if the original reports were correct, the fact that a 13 minute video demonizing Islam could inspire some in the Muslim world to murder innocent Americans is a commentary on their culture, not ours.

If Jews where to riot and engage in murder every time a video was aired on YouTube containing vile antisemitism, the staggering volume of such hatred produced in the Arab and Muslim world would provide more than enough incitement for Jews to engage in such violence 24/7.

The stereotypical image of Jews as a “treacherous people” plotting to undermine the world of Islam is pervasive, and represents a narrative which the initial commentary by Greenwald and other leftist commentators – by evoking the specter of wealthy Jews undermining Islam and “provoking” the Muslim world by making a hateful documentary – only serves to reinforce.

The only ones who we should impute guilt to after the attack on U.S. embassy personnel are the cowardly “repellent cretins” who committed the act, and their apologists and enablers throughout the world.   

The ideals of the Arab Spring will never truly be realized until their culture begins to encourage the same kind of reflection and self-criticism that leftists in the West are always demanding of their own societies. 

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  1. Adam – well done for nicely bringing a piece about the murderous antics of Islamic extremists in Libya back to Jews.

    Greenwald is entirely right though in one regard. Why does this man’s death warrant more attention than a nameless Muslim?

    And your dismissal of the slaughter of Iraqis as “unintentional” is one of the lowest things I’ve seen you write. The suggestion being that when planning the illegal destruction of Iraq (still the greatest crime of the 21st century), it never factored into their thinking that they would be slaughtering huge numbers of Iraqis.

    Also, it seems that that “Bacile” (who I think would fit in well here) is a persona adopted by a convicted con man.

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_EGYPT_FILMMAKER?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

    • “Why does this man’s death warrant more attention than a nameless Muslim?”

      The death of a US ambassador rarely occurs, which is why it attracts a lot of attention. Besides,, Stevens was a fine Orientalist and a very respectable man, who worked tirelessly in favor of peace and democracy in the region.

    • The question you should ask is why “nameless Muslims” are not mourned in their own countries. Are Americans murdered by Muslims named and mourned in those countries?

      You really are an idiot.

      • “The question you should ask is why “nameless Muslims” are not mourned in their own countries.”

        I’ve seen you write some brainless stuff AKUS, that’s right up there. Think carefully about your answer – what makes you say that Muslims don’t mourn when their loved ones are slaughtered?

        “Are Americans murdered by Muslims named and mourned in those countries?”

        You mean like the candlelight vigils in Tehran for the victims of 9/11?

        Muppet.

      • AKUS,
        Do not engage him. It’s like having a conversation with a Neo nazi in a small village an hour north of Berlin. Or an exchange with Islamist on YouTube threads I have had.

    • Why does this man’s death warrant more attention than a nameless Muslim?

      Because he was a US ambassador. And the attention would have been no less if he were a Muslim.

    • greenwald is an anti american, jew hating prick

      he doesnt care about arabs, muslims or anything, but spewing hate against america

      and of course an american who goes to assist the backwards arab is more important than some nameless muzzie, who cared so little about his own life that he happily spent it grovelling at the feet of a murderous dictator

      to glenn, all arabs are children, incapable of doing anything productive

      never mind that he once again proves to not be a journo, but a jew hating propogandist

  2. “And your dismissal of the slaughter of Iraqis as “unintentional” is one of the lowest things I’ve seen you write. The suggestion being that when planning the illegal destruction of Iraq (still the greatest crime of the 21st century)”

    Greatest crime of the 21st century? Are you being serious?

  3. It is amazing that despite two “iupdates”, the Guardian has allowed the article to remain on its website. This still sits in the second par., despite being totally wrong:

    The anti-Islam film was written, directed and produced by an Israeli real estate developer living in California, Sam Bacile. He claimed, in an interview with Haaretz, that the film “cost $5m to make and was financed with the help of more than 100 Jewish donors”. Its purpose, as described by the Israeli newspaper, was to show that “Islam is a cancer” and to provide a “provocative political statement condemning the religion”. It’s hard to believe that the film – which is barely at the level of a poorly rehearsed high-school play – required $5m to make, but the intent seems clear: to provoke Muslims into exactly the sort of violent rage that we are now witnessing.

    • Yes, now all the Islamophobes who whooped and hollered and the violent protesters are going to have to admit they were taken in by a convicted con man.

      • No – all the Judeophobes who whooped and hollered about a an Israeli film-maker and Jewish money behind him will have to admit that they were once again victims of their own anti-Semitism.

        • Looks like the Copts did not leave the Arab street conspiracy paranoia behind when they moved to SoCal.
          You can take the man out of Cairo , but you can’t take Cairo out of the man. 😉

  4. “In fact, only 12% of civilian deaths in Iraq are directly attributable to actions by U.S./Coalition forces, based on a comprehensive study of casualties during the height of the insurgency 2003-2008.  Out of the remaining casualties, the perpetrators were soldiers in the Iraqi army and, mostly, homegrown, foreign (or unknown) terrorists.  So, the overwhelming majority of Muslim civilian casualties in Iraq have been caused by other Muslims.”

    This a very important point which sadly is all to seldom pointed out. During the darkest years of the US presence in Iraq there’d be weeks when hundreds of civilians would get murdered in seemingly endless car bombings ( copyright Iran ). Or the mass kidnappings and dumping of tortured murdered defenceless Iraqis across that nation. A nation run by a gold plated AK-47 carrying tribal Arab psychopath who is high fiving Pol Pot right now in hell.
    Also of interest is that the over all kill rate in some Arab countries does not change when one despot is kicked out of the tent. There is an eerie reservoir of seemingly never ending mass murder in large parts of contemporary Arab/Persian society that reminds me of Europe in the 30s and 40s.
    The romanticisation of this phenomenon by Greenwald, Blumethal etal makes me shudder. For their position of propagandists in the West and in an imaginary dictatorship in the USA is all to clear to see. Greenwald is easily imagined leading faux trails of the counter revolutionaries. People whine about Trevino, yet Greenwald writes for Salon.com and the Groan. Bastions of the new faux humanism which is actually a genetic mutation of Marxism.

    Good piece Adam.

    • “copyright Iran ” You are a riot ! ( I mean, er, for a “racist.”)

      From the article:
      “self-criticism that leftists in the West are always demanding of their own societies.” But not from themselves.

  5. Let me get this straight: a SoCal con artist of Egyptian origin bamboozles actors and distributor, makes a poorly dubbed piece of anti-Islam KK, and that justifies the sacking of 3 embassies (Benghazi, Cairo, and now Yemen) and the murder of a US ambassador and 3 embassy workers? No one is to lift an eyebrow at the ultra-symbolic date, nor are we supposed to consider that some homegrown propaganda egged on the crazed Muslim crowd into attacking the US. We are to accept that this was nothing but a natural -and excusable- reaction to the insult to their prophet. Is Mr. Greenwald taking us for congenital cretins? Has everyone forgotten that the attack on an embassy is a declaration of war in terms of international relations?

    • Myriam,
      Good point. You see how Greenwald, islamofascists and the Arab street mob make a dream team?
      We are witnessing the convergence of the US progressive, the Muslim fascist and a street hysteria/inteligence not seen since the progrom’s in the Lower Rhine valley around 1400.
      I await Judith Butler’s post feminist, anti homonationalist opinion on this anti imperialist dynamic.
      Counterpunch/Salon where are you?

  6. If the Egyptian people and their newly ‘democratically’ elected President feel aggrieved that the Government of the USA did not stop the making of this film, (I haven’t seen it either), then surely they could protest by telling the Government of the USA that they will no longer accept the 1.3 Billion in aid that Egypt receives from the USA every year.

    I’m having a bet with myself which one of the tossers will be first to mention that Israel receives aid.

    • “…the Egyptian people and their newly ‘democratically’ elected President feel aggrieved that the Government of the USA did not stop the making of this film,”

      Isn’t this the new “protocols of the elders of Arabia”?
      I mean they moan about Jews lobbying and holding states for “ransom”, but what exactly are they doing?

      Is it only me that find the world’s silence at this outragous attitude wrong?

      • Itsik what it clearly illustrates, except to the myopic apologists for Islamic terrorism who infest this site, is that Egyptians are under the misapprehension that in a democracy if a film is released then it must have had the stamp of approval from the Government of that country or it would not have been released.

    • I would like to add that the second article features the following ‘highlight’:

      ‘The Associated Press’s initial report on the trailer – an amateurish, practically unwatchable production called The Innocence of Muslims – identified a mysterious character, “Sam Bacile”, as its producer. Bacile told the Associated Press that he was a Jewish Israeli real estate developer living in California. He said that he raised $5m for the production of the film from “100 Jewish donors”, an unusual claim echoing Protocols of the Elders of Zion-style fantasies. Unfortunately, the extensive history of Israeli and ultra-Zionist funding and promotion of Islamophobic propaganda in the United States provided Bacile’s remarkable statement with the ring of truth.’

      I am really sooo glad the author sharply condemns antisemitic conspiracy fantasies (yeah, right)