Certainly, the moment has arrived at which the U.S. has lost its ability to control events there. And there is no reason to think the demonstrations and what they represent will end any time soon. This is a period of adjustment for the Middle East and for outside powers involved in it.
The anti-gay, xenophobic, and misogynist bullies of the Christian right are so determined to defeat President Obama and promote orthodoxy that they endanger American diplomats and undermine fundamental principles of freedom.
We know Muhammad like the producers of the hateful "film" don't know Muhammad. The person they attack is not the real Muhammad, but a figment of their own imagination. We know Muhammad. Let us not forget Muhammad.
We must go beyond the facile media explanations about intolerant Muslims and start to explore the complex political, economic, historical, and cultural circumstances that have contributed to these particular protests that are taking place in these particular geographies.
It will be interesting to see how the GOP manages to pin these anti-U.S., anti-Obama demonstrations in Australia, one of our staunchest allies, on President Obama's alleged lack of leadership and on his alleged "sympathizing with those who make these attacks."
As history repeats itself, the only thing ludicrous is the incessant stubbornness of both the West's commitment to "free speech" and the Muslim world's rush to violence, the irony of which is lost upon them both.