Hezzbo-Who? Pt. 2

This week in “Hezzbo-who?” Hassan Nasrallah, Lebanon’s main Hezbollah leader, reports his outrage against the most recently posted YouTube film titled “Innocence of Muslims.” A man by the name of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula has admitted to creating this derogatory anti-Muslim film. The film has outraged many Middle Easterners and has initiated mob violence against American embassies across the Middle East. Nasrallah, of Lebanon, explains the movie as “The worst attack ever on Islam” and goes on to make it very clear that the United States is at fault. Although only a few ignorant Americans created this film of blasphemy, to an outsider, we as a whole America are to blame. What are the rest of us to do in order to create peace in the Middle East after such a film has come from our home country?

Nakoula, the “brains” behind the film, lives in Los Angeles and labels himself as an Egyptian Coptic Christian, ironically a religion that in the past has been discriminated against by Muslims in the Middle East. In order to give you and idea of Nakoula, in the past he has been sentenced to convictions for possessing drugs used to make methamphetamine, and is currently under federal probation. Nakoula was under his probation during the production of this film and was ordered not to use computers or Internet for five years without approval from his probation officer. With Nakoula’s impressive track record and the publicity that the U.S. is receiving from this embarrassing excuse for a film, what are foreigners supposed to think of the U.S.?

Lebanese Hezbollah leader, Nasrallah, has called for a week of protests against this video, which mocks Prophet Muhammad and has triggered much uproar in the Muslim world. In his speech he claims; “The whole world should know that The Prophet has followers who will not be silent in the face of humiliation.” He goes on to describe the film as, “The worst attack ever on Islam, worse than the Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie, the burning of the Quran in Afghanistan and the cartoons in the European media”.

One may come to understand Nasrallah’s point of view, a man who growing up was very poor, but somehow his parents found enough money in order for him to attend a private school that was home to a large Shiite minority students (Majority of Hezbollah members) who were harassed by the Sunnis. Nasrallah has clearly dealt with discrimination his entire life. This sort of discrimination against his religion is nothing new, and for a United States citizen to make a mockery yet again of his sacred beliefs it may be more understood as to why he feels that; “There should be resolutions adopted in top international institutions, that are binding on all states and governments in the world, to forbid the defamation of religions.”  Nasrallah, the Muslim community and much of the state of Lebanon have had enough.


2 thoughts on “Hezzbo-Who? Pt. 2

  1. I think this blog post is really important because it shows not only how many Muslims feel towards the anti-Muslim video made by an American, but also how the Hezbollah leader feels. Yet, the idea that America as a whole country is being blamed by one person who happens to be from that country creating this video seems drastic. I understand that Nasrallah feels this is wrong and it is wrong, but to say that there should be resolutions in international institutions to bind every government of the world to forbid defamation of religions is not realistic. In America, freedom of speech is a right given to every citizen, this is not to say that some people do not use this right wisely, but it is a right that should not be mended. One American did something wrong with this right, but many Americans are open to religions or do not defame them.

    1. Freedom of speech is the golden right of all human beings. But, here are two quotes.
      -John Stuart Mill, one of the most influential British philosophers who dealt with the concept of liberty and is famous for his ‘harm principle, clearly states one limitation to freedom of speech. He says that, “the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others.” That is to say, that someone’s harm acts as a veto when judging if freedom of speech can be used as a defense.
      -The French Revolution document, Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, also states that, “Liberty consists in the freedom to do everything which injures no one else.”

      These two quotes, though authored by Europeans, deal with the universal right of freedom of speech. Back to your comment, Nasrallah’s comment correlates with these quotes in the sense that he is asking the international community to take into consideration the harm that follows such acts of “freedom of speech.”

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