So. I’ve been trying to get myself to focus on my WIP, but the Internet is winning. Too much news of interest. “News” is probably not the most accurate term. “Too much speculation about what’s happened in Libya” would be better.
What exactly happened at the American Consulate in Benghazi? We still don’t know. Various stories and details have been released or reported from various sources, but when one puts all the pieces together they don’t yet make sense. Interesting that we have all this communication technology — cell phones, satellites, computers — and we still don’t know what happened and may not for days.
The latest from Libya’s Deputy Interior Minister via Fox News is that
“U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and another official were killed in the consulate, but that the attackers timed a second wave on the safe house just as Libyan and U.S. security forces were arriving to rescue evacuated consulate staff.
“He said that second wave killed two more Americans and wounded nearly 30 Libyans and Americans.
It’s also become clear that the attacks were planned out in advance and timed to take place on the anniversary of 9/11, and carried out not by a mob of Libyans upset about a YouTube video, but by trained Al Qaeda operatives. One report even claimed they were doing it in retaliation for a recent drone killing of one of their former ring-leaders.
But that’s only one report and if I learned anything today it’s that one report is not sufficient to make the story credible.
What we do know — ahem!– is that most of the muslim world is now inflamed with fury and madness because a man with a very Middle Eastern sounding name living in California, made a very bad movie about Mohammed and dared to upload a trailer for it on YouTube.
Called The Innocence of Muslims, its creation was initially credited to one Sam Bacile. But it turns out Mr. Bacile does not exist, and the real film maker turns out to be Nakoula Basseley Nakoula. The actors and actresses that appear in it all claimed to have been duped. Some had no idea they were making a movie about Mohammed — one woman said she thought it was a movie about ancient Egypt, and that in post production, new lines were dubbed over the ones she had originally spoken.
The movie itself — or at least the trailer– is unbelievably lame. Part of that is the dubbed in stuff, which doesn’t seem to fit the rest of it. Then there’s the background — clearly a digital scene pasted in behind the players. Sometimes they seem to be floating against the background. In one still you can clearly see that the light source for the sand dunes in the back ground is coming from the right while the light source on the actor’s face is coming from the left. Which creates an odd sense of disconnect.
I think it’s so bad, I don’t even want to put it on my blog, but if you really want a look at it, Power Line Blog has posted the video so I’ll send you off to them here. I’m not sure how much of it might not be true, however. Assuming of course that Mohammed even existed at all… (I’ve yet to read my new book, but I will. Soon.)
I flew home from Missouri yesterday. My granddaughter, Brandy and her boyfriend since Jr. High were married last Saturday. Keith is Air Force. Dress blues were everywhere. Air Force, Army and Marines. Honorable and gallant men. EODs, Rangers, Recon…and who knows what other lines of military work were in attendance. They will not talk about it much. The constant line was the lack of support they now have from the current administration. Not one believed a mob had RPGs and other military grade hardware. Several are deploying over the next few weeks…
Thanks for the additional insight, Gayle. Some of what’s being said by the administration is so off the wall you have to wonder — do they really think anyone’s going to believe this stuff?