posted on Sep, 13 2012 @ 07:11 AM
I am torn on this.
I don't like censorship in any way unless it involves criminal activity or the abuse of others. But, having said that, this video is directly
resulting in the injury and death of innocent people.
A part of me thinks that we need things like this to move forward too. I hate all religion with a passion, I believe it is the most dangerous form of
control ever created. It convinces people to end the lives of others, and all based on a fantasy.
It's the equivalent of murdering someone because they disagree with the color of Dorothy's shoes or the length of the yellow brick road.
How are we supposed to move forward as a species if an opinion on something causes others to kill? Nothing will change unless this is confronted.
But, people are dying.
YouTube is not a public service, it is a business. This is something people often seem to forget when it comes to Google and Facebook too. People have
the choice of whether to use these services or not.
Ultimately it is their decision, and if people don't like it, tough! We don't get a vote on the decisions of a private company.
As for my personal opinion, I'm mostly undecided. But I have to concede that preventing further violence and death should be the priority here.
I like the idea of filtering through choice, but I don't think that will change anything. Extremists will use it to promote violence and hatred
whether people choose to see it or not. Those who would cause such violence themselves are obviously watching this video through choice, allowing it
to offend them and then acting on that.
If I were Obama, right now I would be doing the following things...
1. Secure all US sites in all Muslim nations to the best of my ability.
2. Order a government investigation to track down and arrest, interview and charge those responsible for creating or funding this video - it was done
under suspicious circumstances, funded by religious extremists, and many of those filmed were lied to in order to get them to participate - that is
fraud, and it has put their lives at risk.
3. Release a public statement making it clear that those responsible for creating that video are being investigated and that it is the creation of a
religious extremist group.
Obama needs to identify and hold accountable the people who created this video. I'm not saying that he should do it to placate a violent mob, I'm
saying he should do it because they are themselves extremists, they have created something INTENDING to cause violence. From what I have read about
those involved, they knew exactly what they were doing and they did it to create this violence against all Americans around the world. That doesn't
excuse those perpetrating the violence, but it does lay blame at the feet of those who intended it.
The identity of those involved in creating it is vitally important here. They need to find out who the writer/producer is and have a list of those who
funded this creation.
I firmly believe there is a lot more to this than we know right now.