The Tree of Mamre

Former Pakistani Ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani writes in the WSJ that the violence in the Middle East has nothing to do with the anti-Muslim video posted on YouTube, but that Islamists are using the video as an excuse to build power and humiliate those who espouse Judeo-Christianity or western viewpoints:

The attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions this week—beginning in Egypt and Libya, and moving to Yemen and other Muslim countries—came under cover of riots against an obscure online video insulting Islam and the Prophet Muhammad. But the mob violence and assaults should be seen for what they really are: an effort by Islamists to garner support and mobilize their base by exacerbating anti-Western sentiments.
When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tried to calm Muslims Thursday by denouncing the video, she was unwittingly playing along with the ruse the radicals set up. The United States would have been…

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