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.