Last week, in an attempt to damp down protests against the United States in Pakistan, the US State Department ran advertisements on Pakistani TV:
The ads show Obama saying, “Since our founding, the United States has been a nation of respect, that respects all faiths. We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.”
Clinton follows with a speech she’s made several times since the crisis in the Middle East began unfolding last week.
“Let me state very clearly that the United States has absolutely nothing to do with this video. We absolutely reject its contents. America’s commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation,” she says in the video.
The ad campaign cost $70,000 to run but apparently was ineffective as Friday’s demonstrations were the largest yet.
On Saturday, the United States continued a different campaign:
At least three people have been killed in a suspected US drone attack in Pakistan’s northwestern region along the Afghan border, according to a Pakistani security official…
All three people travelling in the car were killed and the vehicle completely destroyed, the security official said on condition of anonymity…
Witnesses told that drones continued hovering over the area after the attack, which triggered fear among the residents.
According to the New York Times, “The Pentagon now has some 7,000 aerial drones, compared with fewer than 50 a decade ago, and asked Congress for nearly $5 billion for drones in the 2012 budget. “
And yet we wonder about the source of “Muslim Rage?”
Or as FB Ali wrote in his very helpful piece at Sic Semper Tyrannis:
It is this sense of conflict with the West and aggression by it against Muslims for centuries that underlies the almost universal antipathy felt towards it by Muslims. The United States, as the current leader of the Western world, now attracts to itself this suspicion and animosity, solidified by its wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan’s tribal areas, and its military and economic dominance of many Muslim lands.