Alessandra Addari / Politics

How Far Will the Muslim Extremists’ Fury Go?

Protests continue against the film produced in the U.S. that insults the Prophet Muhammad.

The killing of the U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and three American officials in Benghazi on September 11 was just the beginning of a series of attacks by Muslim extremists who were angered by the Californian anti-Islam movie.

Premeditated” – stated the President of the Parliament of Libyan Al Maqarief, and it seems as such because of the odd coincidence with the anniversary of September 11 – or not – as claimed by the U.S. ambassador to UN Susan Rice – the attack on the U.S. consulate has shocked the whole world and now people fear the worst.

There were riots in Kabul, where more than a thousand people took to the streets and new clashes between police and Afghan students in Kunduz, burning photos of U.S. President Barack Obama; also in Kabul there was a suicide bombing near the airport carried out by a 22 years Afghan girl, wearing a burka. The attack, which killed 12 people, was immediately claimed by the movement Hezb-i-Islami Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, one of three armed groups, along with the Taliban and the Haqqani Network, which is opposed to the government of President Hamid Karzai.

The leader of the Lebanese Hezbollah in Beirut, Hassan Nasrallah, publicly stated that “If this film will be broadcast in its complete form, there will be dangerous consequences”; al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the result of the merger of the Saudi branch and Al Qaeda terrorist group, invited its followers to “follow suit” and attack the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and called it “the best gift” for all Islamic extremists on the anniversary of September 11. He went on to say: “We appeal to young Muslims to follow the example of the lions of Benghazi, pull down their flags and burn them before killing their ambassadors, the U.S. representatives, or to expel them”.

The anger across the Muslim world caused by the American film, offensive to the Muslim religion, is understandable, but what is less understandable is so much violence as a result of it, also because this is not right for all the moderate Muslims that, despite probably may not like this film, are not happy about Muslims extremists killing in the name of their religion.

Alessandra Addari


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