Indicates Movie is Cause of Violence
The Obama Administration today released a series of advertisements in Egypt, Pakistan, Libya, Tunisia, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Harvard Law School condemning the Dinesh D’Souza film 2016: Obama’s America and apologizing for a “radical Tea Party culture that promotes the First Amendment.” The President remarked in the ad that “just like Christians who made fun of the Prophet Mohammed to anger you, my Muslim brothers, so did the Christian right commit further atrocities in the making of the 2016 movie.” According to reports
The ads show clips of President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemning the film in English (but dubbed in Arabic, Urdu, and Legalese) in remarks they made last week, emphasizing that it was not produced or authorized by the United States government.
State Department Spokeswoman Valerie Nuland indicated that the film was responsible for the spontaneous terrorist attack that took place at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya as well as demonstrations at U.S. embassies around the world. Given D’Souza’s Indian background, she indicated that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton would have harsh words for the Indian Prime Minister, demanding that he stop its release in India “or we will treat India just like Britain, Poland, and Israel.”
United Nations Secretary Ban-Ki Moon reiterated the point by saying “When some people use this freedom of expression to provoke or humiliate some others' values and beliefs, then this cannot be protected in such a way.”
It is believed that President Obama hopes that by launching these ads, he can appease the Muslim world in light of the recent violence. In addition, the White House said that this would be part of a new effort “because you can’t change Washington from the inside.”
Cross posted at Virginia Virtucon.