I’ve been taken aback by the behavior and statements of US government officials regarding the lynching of US diplomats in Libya, especially their condemnation of American citizens’ speech. I thought they were civil servants, but I guess things have changed a lot over the decades.
Chuck compares the slutwalkers’ denunciation of a Toronto policeman’s advice that women dress modestly to the chiding some anti-Muslim Americans have been subject to lately for airing their opinions (apparently, the head of the Joint Chiefs actually called Terry Jones, an obscure, anti-Muslim preacher, to tell him not to provoke Muslims, which is surreal):
…In both instances we have groups becoming outraged that a state functionary proposed a first order limitation on free expression. In the case of the Slut Walkers, they opposed a lone policeman in Toronto. In the case of the people who created the video condemning Muhammed, they’re in opposition to a much larger state-run entity.
Regardless of whether or not Mitt Romney stuck his foot in his mouth and went overboard in politicizing Obama’s handling of that statement and the subsequent attacks in Egypt and Libya, there should have been no place for the following statement released by a State functionary *on the anniversary of 9/11* and *about the behaviors of individuals not affliliated with a government entity*.
This kind of thing makes me wonder what the hell happened to my country. Maybe the paranoid black helicopter guys back in the 90s were right about this One World Government thing…
Update: Our friends at the SPLC are explicitly blaming the killings on an American:
Klein of Hemet, Calif., who has a long history of ties to militant Christian organizations, has been identified as one of the brains behind the anti-Muslim film that triggered violence in northern Africa, including a rocket attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and the murder of Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya.
Well, I guess we all know where they stand now.