MOSCOW, September 17 (Itar-Tass) —The wave of anti-American protests continues to grow in the world, as it was triggered by the trailer to the film “Innocence of the Muslims”. The US State Department stated about the evacuation of the US diplomatic missions from Tunisia and Sudan, the Pentagon is ready to dispatch additional marine formations to 18 countries. The US authorities have made an appeal to the television companies and the Internet portals not to broadcast the film.
The Kommersant daily noted that the disturbances, which swept over the Islamic countries, became the pressing issue of the US election campaign. Republican Mitt Romney accused Barack Obama’s administration of an excessively lenient attitude to those, who are attacking the US diplomatic missions.
The article is named “The Millions against the America” in the Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily. The situation in Tunisia was developing like in Sudan, the newspaper reported, as the protesters attempted to storm the US Embassy, but got a serious rebuff with tear gas and rubber bullets. The windows were broken in the diplomatic mission, instead of the US national flag the black banner of the Salafites was waving over the building.
“Two scandals – two stories,” an author of the editorial article in the Vedomosti daily wrote. The editorial article was devoted to the anti-US disorders in the Arab world.
“The provocateurs can be satisfied. The demonstration of the video “Innocence of the Muslims” with an image of Prophet Mohammed insulting for Islamic supporters turned in an upsurge of anti-American and anti-Western demonstrations and disorders. Massive unrest, which sparked up in Libya, spread to Yemen, Egypt, Tunisia, Sudan, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The escalation of violence over the video is looking like “a cartoon scandal” in 2005-2006, when the Muslims were insulted over the publication of the cartoons on the prophet in the Danish newspaper. The current events and the scandal, which broke out seven years ago, differ greatly. In 2005 European journalists protected the right for freedom of creative self-expression (let it be provocative self-expression), and the Islamic countries protected the respect to religion. The latest events are another story. The current provocation was masterminded by officially condemned marginal activists. Multi-thousand rallies sparked up in the countries with a complicated domestic political situation, where Islam and anti-Western slogans are an instrument to attain time-serving political goals,” he said.