A Daily Analysis
By Marc Schulman
September 12, 2012-American Embassy Stormed in Cairo, Attacked in Benghazi- Possibly By Al Qaeda on 9/11
Events in Egypt and Libya took a rather ominous turn yesterday. First there was the attack on the American Embassy in Cairo. That attack was clearly a result of the distribution of a film attacking Islam. It occurred yesterday since yesterday a translation of the film came out in Egypt in Egyptian Arabic. It is believed that some Egyptian Christian Coptic's living outside Egypt did the translation. Watching the video of the screaming protesters is scary, but reflects the larger problem with fundamentalists.
The attack in Libya that resulted in the death of the American Ambassador was not however a reaction to the film. It was will planned and executed. Coming as it did on 9/11 there is a very real possibility it was carried out by Al Qaeda. The film was just a good distraction.
I do not believe the either the United States or the Israeli government has come to grips with what it means to either have countries ruled by fundamentalist or who have large and active fundamentalist minorities. Not to compare, but Israel has not figured out how to deal with its homegrown fundamentalist, whether its the hilltop Youth of the Judea and Samaria or the Mea Shea'rim type. And despite the fact that they have held power in Teheran for over 30 years neither the US nor Israel has ever developed a method to challenge them there.