Cairo, Egypt’s anti-Islam film protests are still going on as of Thursday night according to Egypt’s AhramOnline.com, at least on the fringes of Tahrir Square. And plans are underway for the protests to continue on Friday.
Four Americans were the fatal casualties from the Libyan protest that followed the airing of the controversial YouTube trailer, and they include two Navy Seals, the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and Sean Smith, a foreign service information officer according to the U.S. State Department.
In Yemen protesters spent Wednesday and Thursday making their own voices heard about the derogatory movie in hostile protests.
And now Iran, who has been on the brink of joining its Middle East neighbors in a more significant way about the issue finally spoke through their “Supreme Leader” to demand U.S. action the Global Post says.
And that brings America right back to 1979, when hot-headed anti-U.S. protesting Iranian students followed their supreme leader into what would become more than a year-long kidnapping of 52 Americans.
And that international conflict, known as the Iran Hostage Crisis, was also experienced during a presidential election year, with a Commander-in-Chief who, like President Obama, felt taking a firm hand with America’s enemies just wasn’t the right call.
On Friday the Muslim Brotherhood, who essentially rose to power after helping to oust Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak by using the Arab Spring protests, will throw their support behind a protest movement to be held in front of all major mosques in the country according to AbrahamOnline.
And this act may finally be the call to action that President Obama has to heed, especially if it involves one more attack directed at the U.S. are her interests and people.
Ahmed Hussein, the Muslim Brotherhood Secretary-General, says Egyptians must condemn the assault on Islamic religious sentiment, and staging the Friday protests is the way to do it.
Yet it is unclear who, exactly, Yemen protesters, as well as the Iranians, Egyptians, and Libyans actually think is to blame for the offensive film few paid to even see.
And even more unclear is why the Middle East protesters think President Barack Hussein Obama has the power to pull the film from YouTube in the U.S., where Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has already emphasized American rights are not trounced upon that way, according to Fox News.
Nevertheless, the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is demanding that the U.S. government punish the makers of the Innocence of Muslims film. And that is a demand they cannot acquiesce to due to freedom of expression enjoyed in the arts in America.
Which brings back the question that is upon many political leaders’ minds in America Thursday night: Will President Obama respond like Jimmy Carter if the anti-Islam film-related riots and violence move the Middle East to threaten Americans in a similar Iran Hostage Crisis way (as the murder of four innocent men have done already)–or will he continue to abdicate that responsibility to appease international “allies.”