The subject that has been occupying the world’s attention of late is, of course, the anti-American protests that have racked the Muslim world. The protests were sparked by a despicable American-made video, Innocence of Muslims, portraying the Muslim prophet Mohammed as a fraud, pedophile, and womanizer. Made by Egyptian-American Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a Coptic Christian, under the pseudonym Sam Bacile, the video was clearly intended only to provoke.
The video was brought to the attention of the Muslim world by the blogger Morris Sadek, also an Egyptian-American Coptic Christian, who appears to have a history of anti-Islamic activism. Without him it is likely most people never would have seen the video. A few minutes of the trailer, the only part of the film that is currently available, where then shown on the Arab TV network Al-Nas. This further spread the audience of the video.
So we have to wonder, is it bad that so many Muslims saw the video? If they had not seen the video, these violent protests would not have occurred. But the video would still exist, and still be an awful insult, even if no-one saw it.
In my opinion, that protests occurred are the fault of the makers of the video. However, the burning of embassies and death of the American ambassador to Libya can only be blamed on the protesters.
Another thing I would like to mention here is that accusations have been made that the protests have been encouraged by political leaders in Muslim countries for political gain. We Westerners have only ourselves to blame for that. While we may have brought democracy to the Middle East, it was our own flawed version of democracy, in which doing things like manipulating protestors for political gain is acceptable.