It is amazing how an initially neglected badly-made movie deriding the Prophet Mohammed should lead to so many protests and violence all across the world. Of course, everyone knows that it can’t just be a film. There are many issues at play like general frustrations in the region, anti-US sentiment, the Israel-Palestine issue, local political compulsions and incitement by religious leaders for their own selfish purposes.
But still the demonstrations have led to many contradictions…
1. Go ahead and destroy your own property…
While the action started with the killing of the US ambassador in Libya, after that the protestors have ended up destroying property in their own country, clashing with their own security forces and resulting in the deaths of their own fellow citizens.
In Karachi, cinema halls, bank branches and police vehicles were torched. That loss is solely of Pakistan and not of the US. Further an embassy being attacked is a matter for shame for any country and not one of pride.
Countries with continuous protests will also find it tough to attract foreign investment, a thing that is required as many of these nations’ economy is not doing too great.
Image: Protesters hurl back tear gas fired by police, unseen, to stop them from walking toward the US consulate during a demonstration in Karachi, Pakistan on Sept. 16, 2012.