Crisis: Anti-American Protests Erupt Across the Muslim and Arab World
If American officials once believed that they could cordon off anti-American sentiment in Egypt in Libya, they should be disabused of that notion now that attacks in those countries have led to anti-American protests across the Muslim World.
At last count, there are now protests ongoing in at least 11 countries; Egypt, Libya, Jordan, Iran, Iraq, Gaza, Lebanon, Sudan, Indonesia, and Malaysia, just to name a few. Across the Arab and Muslim world, people are fuming, and burning American leaders in effigy.
Business Insider reports:
Forty armed protestors stormed a Kentucky Fried Chicken in Tripoli, police fired on the group, killing one. There were about 3000 protestors in Beirut.
The protests have broken up after a brief clash with police.
In Gaza, thousands of people rallied at demonstrations in Gaza City and the southern town of Rafah, a day after the ruling Hamas party urged citizens to turn out for protests after Friday prayers. …
And that’s just to name a few. In Iraq, protesters have also taken to the streets, according to CNN:
Angry protesters in the Sadr City district of northeast Baghdad carried banners, Iraqi flags and images of radical Shiite and anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr as they railed against what they see as an insult to their faith.
“America is the enemy of the people,” the demonstrators shouted Thursday morning. They also yelled out, “Yes, yes to Islam. Yes, yes to Iraq. Yes, yes to Quran” — the latter referring to the Muslim holy book.
This is a crisis the Obama administration probably didn’t see coming, but this is probably one of the biggest foreign policy tests President Obama will face. This could be his defining moment.
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