The Obama Administration agrees with the Taliban that the cause of Islamist violence in the Middle East is a movie produced by Americans.
Reuters: Taliban link Afghanistan attack to anti-Islam film – Afghanistan’s Taliban claimed responsibility on Saturday for an attack on a base which U.S. officials said killed two American Marines, saying it was in response to a film that insults the Prophet Mohammad.
Breitbart: Obama Admin: Blame ‘Heinous’ Video, Not Our ‘Impotence’ – The Obama administration this morning sent out Ambassador Susan Rice, the American ambassador to the United Nations, to flack for the administration’s utterly feckless Middle Eastern foreign policy. Her task was difficult: she somehow had to spin the administration’s cowardly foreign policy, resulting in a maelstrom of violent Islamist action around the world, as a result of something not Obama-related.
And she did. She blamed a YouTube video.
The Obama Administration has sided with Islamic “values” over American values. But why? Was this just an isolated mistake? Or is this something we can expect as general policy. Unfortunately, the latter is the case. Not only that, it has been the policy of the United States all along (EDIT: during this administration), to condemn “blasphemy” against Islam, even by American citizens, if their speech “incites” religious people to “imminent violence.”
In December, 2011, Ambassador Rice signed on with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to adopt a U.N. Resolution on “religious intolerance” that had been receiving dwindling support in previous attempts to pass it. It is the intention of this administration to side with the Muslim world that “blasphemy” against Islam should be actively discouraged by our government even to the point of considering American citizens who exercise freedom of speech as criminals.
The U.N. General Assembly on Monday adopted a resolution condemning the stereotyping, negative profiling and stigmatization of people based on their religion, and urging countries to take effective steps “to address and combat such incidents.” [...]
The resolution, an initiative of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), is based on one passed by the U.N.’s Human Rights Council in Geneva last spring. The State Department last week hosted a meeting to discuss ways of “implementing” it.
Every year since 1999 the OIC has steered through the U.N.’s human rights apparatus a resolution condemning the “defamation of religion,” which for the bloc of 56 Muslim states covered incidents ranging from satirizing Mohammed in a newspaper cartoon to criticism of shari’a and post-9/11 security check profiling.
Critics regard the measure as an attempt to outlaw valid and critical scrutiny of Islamic teachings, as some OIC states do through controversial blasphemy laws at home.
Strongly opposed by mostly Western democracies, the divisive “defamation” resolution received a dwindling number of votes each year, with the margin of success falling from 57 votes in 2007 to 19 in 2009 and just 12 last year. [...]
Reportedly, Obama’s support for the resolution was won when the resolution dropped language that would inhibit the freedom of speech of citizens in America, but it contains other language that seems to apply in the case of the anti-Muslim film being blamed for Islamist attacks on our embassies in the Middle East.
And in the worst cases, those of “incitement to imminent violence” based on religion, the resolution calls on countries to implement “measures to criminalize” such behavior.
So, take note, those of you who believe this story on our embassies burning is something “spontaneous” and “new.” Our State Department signed on to a resolution — almost a year ago — that requires our government to cast blame on Americans, not the Taliban and Al Qaeda, for attacks on our embassies (and other American interests) whenever Americans use their freedom of speech in a way that can be considered “incitement to imminent violence.”
In this, the Administration has agreed with the Taliban and Al Qaeda that the cause of Islamist violence is America’s freedom of speech. We are now seeing the bad fruit that this policy yields as Western embassies burn in the Middle East, as our troops and diplomats are murdered and as Susan Rice stands before us with President Obama and points the finger of blame at an American citizen who simply made a movie showing how he feels about Islam.