Who rules? #2

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Peace at Home, Peace in the World

U.S. Embassy Apologizes for Offensive Speech of Anti-Islamic Terry Jones

Staff and Crew of Anti-Islamic Film Say They Were ‘Grossly Misled’

The 80 cast and crew members involved in the making of the movie that has roiled much of the Islamic world said Wednesday they were “grossly misled” about its intent and expressed sorrow over the resulting violence.

“The entire cast and crew are extremely upset and feel taken advantage of by the producer,” they said in a statement to CNN about the movie, “Innocence of Muslims.”

“We are 100% not behind this film and were grossly misled about its intent and purpose,” continued the statement, which was sent to CNN by a member of the production staff who asked not to be identified for security reasons. “We are shocked by the drastic rewrites of the script and lies that were told to all involved. We are deeply saddened by the tragedies that have occurred.”

Terry Jones, the Florida pastor whose Quran-burning last year sparked deadly riots in Afghanistan, said he had been contacted to help distribute the film.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called Jones on Wednesday to ask him to withdraw his support for the film, according to Col. David Lapan, Dempsey’s spokesman.

“Jones’ support of the film risks causing more violence and death,” Lapan said.

Facebook sprouted several pages dedicated to condemning the film, including one called “Israelis, Jews & Americans Against Sam Bacile’s ‘Innocence of Muslims’ Film.”

A post on that page simply said: “IM-Bacile.”

CNN / 13.9.2012

US Embassies in Egypt and Libya Attacked after Anti-Islamic Movie

An American State Department employee was killed in Benghazi, Libya, today, when Libyans stormed the U.S. consulate, angry about a U.S. movie reportedly linked to controversial Pastor Terry Jones.

Anger over the film that some believe insults the Prophet Muhammad also led to protests in Cairo, where demonstrators climbed the walls of the U.S. embassy, took down the American flag and replaced it with a black flag.

“I condemn in the strongest terms the attack on our mission in Benghazi today,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a statement released tonight. “As we work to secure our personnel and facilities, we have confirmed that one of our State Department officers was killed. We are heartbroken by this terrible loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and those who have suffered in this attack.”

According to The Atlantic and Egyptian media, the movie is called “Mohammed, Prophet of the Muslims” and was produced by Jones, the controversial Florida preacher whose Koran burning in March 2011 led to the deadly violence in Afghanistan.

Egyptian media also reported that two Egyptians from the Christian minority Coptic group had helped with the movie. Clips in Arabic and English have been released on YouTube.

In a statement, the U.S. embassy said it condemned “the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims.”

abcnews / 11.9.2012

You got a message

Israeli Deputy Prime Minister: “Turkey is a superpower.”

Israel needs to come to terms with Turkey’s superpower status in the Middle East, Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz said during a recent speech at the Washington Institute.

Mofaz underlined the importance of mending ties between Israel and Turkey, defining it as “necessary for the strategic goals of Israel and for the strategic goals of Turkey.”

Mofaz called on leaders of both nations to put their differences behind and work toward better relations, according to the Washington Institute.

The former allies have become foes as a result of Turkey’s objections to Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.

In its lowest point, Israeli commandos killed eight Turks and one Turkish-American in a 2010 raid on the Mavi Marmara ship that was leading a flotilla attempting to break the Israeli embargo of the Gaza Strip.

Turkey last year downgraded diplomatic relations and cut all military ties with Israel as a result of the raid.

Hürriyet Daily News / 20.6.2012

İsrail Başbakan Yardımcısı Şaul Mofaz, herkesin, Türkiye’nin artık bölgesinde bir süper güç haline geldiğini anlaması gerektiğini belirterek, ”Türkiye ile geçmişte olduğu gibi stratejik ilişkilerimiz olmalı. Artık geçmişi geride bırakıp geleceğe bakmalıyız” dedi.
Mofaz, Washington Institute adlı düşünce kuruluşunda verdiği konferansta, ”Türkiye-İsrail ilişkilerinin düzeltileceği yönünde İsrail tarafında bir umudun olup olmadığı” şeklindeki soruyu yanıtladı.
Türkiye ile ilişkilerin çok önemli olduğunu vurgulayan Mofaz, ”Özellikle İsrail’de olmak üzere hepimiz, Türkiye’nin bölgesinde bir süper güç haline geldiğini anlamalıyız. Türkiye’yi bölgemizde bir süper güç olarak görüyorum, bunda hiçbir şüphe yok” dedi.

Vatan / 20.6.2012