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September 14, 2012, Friday

Which button was hit in Libya?

The murder of the American envoy to Libya in Benghazi suggests that there was strong provocation. An Israeli and American citizen appears in public, saying, “I made this movie for political provocation.”

And the Islamic world strongly reacted to this attempt; the gravity of the outrage and the violent response demonstrates the poor and dire situation in the Muslim world. Do I need to recall that in such cases and times, the agents in the region feel great joy? As long as there is fertile ground for provocation, it becomes easier to put the whole blame upon Muslims.

It is of course natural that we, as Muslims, react to offenses against our prophet. Cartoons insulting Islam in Europe and an offensive movie in the US cannot be considered as freedom of expression and thought. The criterion for democracy and being a democrat is respect for beliefs and faiths. Those who convert criticism into insult cannot be sincere and frank. However, the transformation of the Muslims' reaction into violence, attack and even murder cannot be justified or tolerated. We all know that the attitudes and interpretations that undermine the image of Islam are detrimental to Islam itself. We have to do something to prevent the erosion of the prestige of our religion whose gist is passion, love, mercy and tolerance. For this reason, in reacting to insults and offenses against our religion and our prophet, we have to be careful, and we have to adopt an elegant style.

Unfortunately, Muslim people in the Islamic world do not have visible prudence and wisdom to address the plots and traps set against Muslims responsibly and wisely. For this reason, as observed in the provocations in Libya, Muslims are blamed by the global media outlets. They are trying to make connection between Islam and terror. The minds of the people in the world are manipulated, and prejudices are provoked to make sure that the rise of Islam is prevented.

From two aspects, the murder of the American envoy appears to be a huge provocation.

First, there are attempts to ignite a Christian-Muslim clash after the Sunni-Shiite clash in the Middle East. Reports suggesting that a Copt assumed the distribution of copies of the film insulting our prophet imply that the incident is a huge provocation for Egypt.

The provocation in Libya may be relevant to the elections in the US. It would not be wrong to argue that the buttons have been hit in Libya to make sure that Obama will not be reelected. The Obama administration resists the Jewish lobby that extends support for Israeli policies. Israel accuses the US of not adopting a harsh, strong approach vis-à-vis the Iranian nuclear program.

In order to be reelected, Obama stays away from foreign policy issues during his campaign. This is the reason for the American indifference to the conundrum in Syria. Today, American voters do not want to hear a single word on Libya, Iraq or Syria. The Sept. 11 attack has strongly affected the American people; and the people exert pressure to ensure that Washington adopts a policy of isolation. The massacre in Libya might have been staged to force Obama to make a mistake before the elections. The upcoming days are critical for not only the US but also for the entire world as well.

The American presidential elections concern not only America but also the entire world. In case Obama loses and the Republican candidate wins, the neo-cons will become stronger and more powerful on the political stage again. This may lead to an attack against Iran and cause additional chaos in the region.

The murder of the American envoy in Libya shows that our world is pretty fragile given that many people are seeking a clash of civilizations. The possibility that the world would experience a third global war amidst the pursuit of global peace is not remote.

This could be addressed by efforts for lasting peace and dialogue between peoples. It is impossible to understand criticism of attempts for peace and dialogue. Should we promote conflict instead of dialogue and reconciliation in such a delicate world that boosts the appetite of the arm dealers?


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