Fury over a US-made anti-Islam film has spread across the Muslim world, with protesters marching on US embassies and torching US flags.
Demonstrators in Iran, Sudan, Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia and many other Muslim states came out after weekly Friday prayers to value their faith, condemning the blasphemous movie produced in the United States that was insulting to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Press TV has conducted an interview with Peter Eyre, a Middle East consultant, from London, to further discuss the issue.
The video offers the opinions of two additional guests: Randy Short, a member of Dignity, Human Rights and Peace, from Washington, and Mohammad Saeed Bahmanpour, with the Islamic Center of England, from London. What follows is a rough transcription of the interview with Eyre.
Is that what the US president is thinking right now? He’s left with a huge challenge on his hands, with the presidential elections coming up. What are his choices? Is it what [previous guest speaker] Dr. Short has mentioned there? Is that what their plan is, whether or not they’re behind this?
It could well be the case. But firstly, I just want to also apologize that this film was in very bad taste, very poor quality and deeply insulting, almost bordering on pornography. Therefore, this doesn’t come into the realms of free speech or people having the right to express their opinion.
[The other guest speaker] Mohammad in Tehran said the right thing there because if you reverse the situation and put this into the Holocaust quarter and anti-Zionist-type or anti-Semitic-type conversation that anyone can get into at any one time, believe me, here in England, you’ll be in prison very, very quickly.
The president is putting an emphasis on standing by the unfortunate death of an ambassador.
As I’ve said earlier today on your program, this has got a very strong lean towards a PSYOPS, CIA, Mossad, MI5 or whatever, an [intelligence] operation that was definitely there to instill a hatred against a religion and to destabilize the Middle East.
As Randy said just now, there’s a very distinct possibility that this is a sort of a false flag scenario where things could get out of hand and they may want to go into one of these countries to defend their embassy which would then lead on to a more serious conflict because you can’t just go into a country and carry out such an exercise.
Is it true in terms of what Dr. Short said there, a possibility that there’s a pretext? We’re seeing reinforcements sent at this point to Libya, in terms of those destroyers; in Yemen, 100 marines.
Yes, I think Randy’s coverage there was excellent. There’s certainly a distinct lack of understanding of not just the Islamic faith [but] of many faiths.
I’ve travelled all over the world. I’ve been in the jungles of southern India. I’ve worshipped with people, very primitive people in the jungle. I’ve been with Russian Orthodox, Greek Orthodox, and Catholics. I’ve been in Mosques. I’ve been on the marches with them - everywhere. To me, there’s a commonality between us and that is an understanding of fellow man. There’s no necessity to have a hatred.
But when you come to the new world order geopolitics, that’s a different ballgame because any country that the new world order hasn’t got a control of, i.e. by the World Bank or the IMF or lucrative oil contracts like what’s the case with Libya, like is the case with Iraq and Afghanistan and now, of course, Iran, is the ultimate target - and Sudan, et cetera - it’s just ongoing. It has to stop. This hatred has to stop.