September 13th, 2012
11:40 PM ET

Issue behind Egypt protests has morphed

Ben Wedeman and The New York Times' David Kirkpatrick report from Egypt on what's motivating protesters clashing with police in Cairo.

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  1. Dale Simmons, Phoenix, as

    Anderson. A thought crossed my mind. Has anyone considered the possibility that this basile guy who made the clip that is angering these people was done on purpose? Think about it. A Coptic Egyptian, apparently, creates a video that is now being used as an excuse to drive a wedge between Egypt and Lybia. Perhaps he is angry at the united states and found a way to hinder efforts. Just a thought. I have no backing or proof, this is all theory, but still....

    September 14, 2012 at 10:30 pm |
    • Dale Simmons

      That should read between lybia/Egypt and the u s

      September 14, 2012 at 11:15 pm |
  2. Griff.

    "Whats happening now in the Middle East is what we called 'Treading on an Ant's Nest' Every created such a mistake?? Me and a friend once did long ago, he got bitten I didn't!!"

    September 14, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
  3. Griff.

    "When you're an Embassador! you're no different from any other Representative of what your beliefs are! So whether you get paid $500 an hour of $16-00, You deserve the same treetment!!"

    September 14, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
  4. Daniel

    Anderson, I really hope you challenge the assertion that somehow the statement released by the embassy was an apology or appeasment. This lie has to stop! As a respected journalist, it's your duty to show the lies for what they are. Honestly , have Americans forgotten how to read?

    September 14, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
  5. Terri

    I wish all media would stop calling the anti-Islam video "the American video" - it is not an American video. You need to remind and keep reminding all that it was shot by an Egyptian criminal who is now on the run. Other countries listen to you Anderson – make sure they understand it was NOT American made. Further, I think all monetary assistance to these countries should be put in limbo until some of the Presidents and PM of these countries get their people under control. God knows we have plenty of issues in our country that the money could be spent on.

    September 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
  6. Maher

    totally disagree with the violence out there, but i think there message is going in the wrong direction, Western Don't understand that Muslim has great respect for all other believes and especially Jesus, we love Jesus and believe in his returns, but also western need to understand that Muslim can not retaliate in picture or image or a video that will disrespect profits and messenger, the question is why this movie now !! its an election year !! and any republican looking for any film surrounding our president and his responds to Islam nations so they can make the connection !! any one els is wondering why beside me ? its the Arab country responsibility to defend and protect American as an international law.

    September 14, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
  7. Joan

    It was ironic today that while the President and Sec. Clinton were taking part in a sombre and heart breaking ceremony when the bodies of the four slain Americans returned to the US, Mitt Romney was ranting at a campaign rally. Wouldn't it have been nice if Romney had delayed the rally for a couple of hours so that he and the people there could watch the service? After all it was a service honouring American heroes and was not a political event. Also, shouldn't all of the leaders and media in the countries where protests are taking place tell their citizens the truth. Shouldn't they tell them that the film was made by a bigoted radical and that it was not representative of the American government and people? They need to know that. Also, when is the film maker going to be completey investigated? It should be made public who he associated with, where he worked, was he an activist, who supported him in the making of the film and what political party he is associated with? Since he did have ties with the crazy Florida pastor who was a member of the radical right, then maybe he was too. The American people should be told the truth about all of these things.

    September 14, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
  8. Nissreen Qamhiyah

    Innocence Of Muslims Movie is a hateful derogatory propaganda against Muslims and Islam. Hate propagandas that are intended to cause harm and are harmful are not a form of Freedom of speech. According to news coverage Basil misrepresenting him self as an Israeli citizen indicated that he produced the movie because Islam is a Cancer that should be removed from the face of earth. Please pay attention to the action associated with this form of hatred derogatory propaganda. It is not a person exercising his right of freedom of speech. It is a hate propaganda intended to inflict harm on a particular race or religion. Was there harm inflicted upon American Muslims? Absolutely. Muslim children are afraid that they are going to be bullied at school. They will not go to Sunday school at the mosque because they are afraid that an ignorant will retaliate against them for the horrific Ambassador killing just like what recently happened in the sheikh temple. In the recent human race memory please reference the last time a religion was demonized and a race was singled out attacked and demoralized and the horrors that followed that behavior. According to YouTube flagging rules
    5.Promotes hatred or violence against a protected group
    Hate speech is content that promotes or encourages hatred or violence towards a group based on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status and sexual orientation/gender identity.
    United States Goverment has and should stop this hate/harmful propeganda.

    September 14, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  9. Perk

    Young men go home and pray.The US Govt.sees you and so does the tax payer American citizen.

    September 14, 2012 at 2:06 pm |