Earlier this week a protest in Libya against a Muhammad film produced in the U.S. lead to the death of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Since then, over a dozen countries in the Islamic world joined the anti-American protest over the Muhammad film.
From the looks of it, the Muslim world is on the verge of a brand new violent conflict with the Western. A film produced in the United States about Prophet Muhammad has been ruled as offending by protesters first in Cairo and then Libya. In only a few days protests have become more numerous and more violent.
Coincidence or not, the first protests against the Muhammad film started on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. New York Times explains the violent burst of anti-American protests in the Muslim world to be a reflection of “what appeared to be a catharsis of rage at the Western powers and was unabated despite calls from retrains from world leaders”.
In Tunis, protesters clashed in front of the American Embassy, killing two people and injuring 29 others. Witnesses also say that protesters burned down an American school near the embassy. In Yemen, the U.S. Embassy was attacked by protesters on Thursday. German and British Embassies were also targeted, while in Gaza City people rallied outside the Parliament building to stomp on American and Israeli flags.
President Obama announced it will deploy U.S. forces into Libya and Yemen. “Although these security forces are equipped for combat, these movements have been undertaken solely for the purpose of protecting American citizens and property” reads Obama’s letter to the Congress. “These security forces will remain in Libya and in Yemen until the security situation becomes such that they are no longer needed” the president added.
The New York Times reports that in Lebanon one person died and another 25 were injured during protesters’ attacks on restaurants. Yemen, Bangladesh, Qatar, Kuwait, Iraq and Malaysia joined the anti-American protest over the Muhammad film too. According to Reuters, Nigerian military forces had to shot fires into the air to disperse protesters.
All through the Muslim world, protesters chanted “Obama, Obama, we are all Osamas” and “Death to America and to Israel”. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s leader, said the U.S. government has to punish the “elements behind this huge crime” referring to the film about Prophet Muhammad.