DarthMarley, on 14 September 2012 - 10:24 PM, said:
I would take the "Get off my lawn" approach.
I not offer apologies, but something more like ultimatums.
It really boils down to how do you handle bullies?
By saying, "We know you were offended by something deliberately hurtful and inflammatory that some of our countrymen did, but we don't care, so suck it"? Then who's being the bully?
And make no mistake, this was a deliberate provocation. When the movie screened in L.A., it was advertised to Muslims
, in Arabic, as a film about "the true terrorist . . . who killed our children in Palestine and our brethren in Iraq and Afghanistan." When no one showed up, they put clips on YouTube; when they still didn't get a response, they had the clips translated into Arabic, and finally they got the uproar they were hoping for. This is not like the Mohammed cartoons or the censored South Park
episodes, where people were trying to make a serious point about fear or censorship. This wasn't an accident like the burning of the Korans in Afghanistan. This was just some a-holes being deliberately ugly and hateful, and there's nothing weak or undignified in expressing regret about that.
Do you think the Muslims who are expressing regret and embarrassment about the current protests are coming across as weak or undignified?
Rhea, on 14 September 2012 - 10:37 PM, said:
Batrochides, I think the fact that he'd been working with the Libyans since he was in the Peace Corps. He had a false sense of security.
The impression I get from the stories about Ambassador Stevens is that he made a conscious choice to go out without a big security entourage, so he could get closer to the Libyans and help gain their trust. I'm not sure he was unaware
of the danger so much as willing to risk it.
Edited by Dev F, 14 September 2012 - 11:57 PM.