As was reported earlier by Mr. Miller, the attacks in Benghazi and in Egypt have the markings of a coordinated attack. Newer rumblings in the streets are even now saying that the film supposedly seen by the masses on YouTube may even be some sort of complex, elaborate hoax of sorts.
All that said, one really only needs to compare and contrast the logic between two simple possibilities to determine the most likely cause of this:
1) This current conflagration occurred spontaneously across numerous borders and thousands of miles because of an obscure YouTube video that no Westerner had heard of (before now) on the anniversary of one of the greatest tragedies/victories in the centuries old conflict between the West and the Muslim world.
2) Months, likely years ago, special operations trainers and advisers (similar to Army Special Forces/Green Berets) from various countries (who do not like America or her allies) were covertly inserted into key geopolitical locations with the intention to build an uprising and destabilize the local governments, and ultimately the region.
If you’re like me, you probably needed a few moments of careful consideration to logically determine the most likely chain of events. Possibly the same amount of time it takes for a Molotov cocktail to pass through a window and shatter a peaceful Arabian night.
It is not a coincidence this occurred on the anniversary of 9/11. Radical Islamists are known for their appreciation of significant dates. I knew what this was the moment I saw it. This is not the first time the Islamist hornets nest has been kicked by Western media, and it won’t be the last. However, this appears to have different markings on it.
For those on the ground at these uprising, I have no doubt that the vast majority of the masses were wound up into a fury over the film on YouTube and winding up the masses is really easy to do when you have a collection of faithful followers paying close attention to one speaker, five times a day. From the perspective of an adviser working to create an insurgency, this is a made-to-order mass communication system combining religious zeal with the voice of religious authority.
For example, while I was in Iraq in 2006, I had the extreme displeasure of being woken up by the controlled demolition of the Golden Mosque in Samarra. Initial reports coming in from our ears on the street were that the local mosque leaders immediately blamed the American CIA and the Israeli Mossad over their mosque loudspeaker systems.
It didn’t matter that elements of Al Qaeda bribed the guards and were given around eight hours the night prior to professionally rig the mosque with explosives. The story was already in the hive-mind collective. This was the catalyst for countless murders and killings between the Sunni and Shia across Iraq, and shook the country up quite a bit.
So, whats the end state of this? If I were the head honcho in Iran (easiest guess), I would be working my tail end off to create a proxy war in order to force the hands of my enemies, particularly when there is an important American election on the horizon. More importantly, by utilizing military personnel who are experts in training, advising, and leading insurgencies, you can not only sow a tremendous amount dissent among the citizenry residing under foreign governments who are either stable or ‘allied’ with your enemies; all while maintaining a veneer of innocence.
As someone who understands insurgency, knowing your population is crucial. Knowing what the motivations are of the average individual on the ground floor can reveal any number of possible courses of action based on your goals.
In the case of the Muslim world, an authoritative figure speaking to an audience could say something like, “The evil American Michael Moore called Mohammed a fat, stupid-head!” (he didn’t as far as I know), and inspire them all to burn down at least one government building. If they actually had video of it, they could spread it via the social media networks and stoke a civil war in a matter of weeks.
The long glowing embers are red hot and the first few logs have just been thrown on. This looks like it could become a major bonfire in very short order.
The world would be wise to look at the roots of this twisted vine that is crawling up to choke out the fragile peace that exists around the world. Once those roots are found, a gallon of weed-killer normally does the trick.
(Main photo courtesy: The Getty)