This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com
- U.S. military forces converge on Libya for terrorist hunt
- Anti-Islam film that triggered riots was a scam
- Attack on U.S. embassies spurs renewed American nationalism
- Diplomat killed in Libya told fellow gamers: 'Hope I don’t die tonight'
- Nationalism in China and Japan heating up in East China Sea
U.S. military forces converge on Libya for terrorist hunt
The Tuesday attack on the U.S. Consultate in Benghazi, Libya, that
ended up killing four employees, including U.S. Ambassador Chris
Stevens, was not a spontaneous mob attack triggered by a fil about
Mohammed. U.S. officials believe that al-Qaeda linked militants used
the film as a cover to launch a military attack on the Consulate, to
take revenge on Americans. The four Americans died in a coordinated
assault by gunmen firing assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades
and carrying the black flag of an Islamic extremist group.
The Obama administration has ordered to additional warships into the
Mediterranean, near the Libyan coast. An elite anti-terrorist unit of
40 Marines will be flown in to beef up security in the American
embassy in Tripoli (not Benghazi). FBI agents, along with a team to
protect them, will be sent to the Benghazi embassy to sift through the
wreckage for evidence.
American officials won't discuss the nature of any planned military
activity, but it's assumed that the plan is to identify the
perpetrators and, at the very least, bring them to justice. CBS News and McClatchy
Anti-Islam film that triggered riots was a scam
The film "Innocence of Muslims," that supposedly triggered the riots
in Cairo and Benghazi, was apparently a scam. The movie was filmed in
front of a green screen, with background scenery filled in later. The
actors who took part in the movie were told that it was a war drama
called "Desert Warrior," that had nothing to do with Mohammed or
Islam. After they were done, an editing team dubbed in different
words at specific points, to change the whole meaning of the movie.
It's still not known who caused the movie to be made, but one person,
55 year old Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, has come forward. He is
apparently an Egyptian expatriate Coptic Christian. The supposed
filmmaker, Sam Bacile, cannot be found, and it's thought that Bacile
is really Nakoula, based on Nakoula's middle name, "Basseley."
AP and LA Times
Attack on U.S. embassies spurs renewed American nationalism
Nationalism is increasing in countries around the world, as happens in
every generational Crisis era. We've particularly discussed this
nationalism many times with respect to China, Japan and the
Philippines. Some people say that nationalism is a good thing, some
say it's a bad thing. I do not assign a moral value to it, any more
than I assign a moral value to a rain storm or a sunny day. I'm
simply reporting the increases in nationalism and xenophobia as a
weatherman reports the weather. It's what it is.
Having said that, American nationalism took a big spurt on Wednesday.
On the political stage, President Obama began by expressing regret.
Mitt Romney responded with a nationalistic speech, saying that harsher
action was necessary, and the President shouldn't be apologizing.
Then President Obama realized that he'd lose votes if he didn't become
more nationalistic, and his next statement reflected that. Right now,
there appears to be something of a ping pong match going on, with each
side trying to out-nationalize the other.
A rainstorm can lead to good farm crop that feeds thousands of people,
at least temporarily, or it can lead to a flood that drowns thousands
of people. Nationalism can lead to a resolution of a dispute, at
least temporarily, or it can lead to full-scale all out war. We'll
have to wait and see how increased nationalism turns out this time.
Diplomat killed in Libya told fellow gamers: 'Hope I don’t die tonight'
One of the four Americans killed in Libya on Tuesday was an online
gamer, using the handle "Vile Rat" in the game "EVE Online." He was
an avid participant of EVE, having served in the game’s virtual
government as a cunning and influential intergalactic diplomat in a
sprawling virtual galaxy. On Tuesday night, he wrote to his fellow
gamers, "Assuming we don’t die tonight. We saw one of our ‘police’
that guard the compound taking pictures." He was dead a few hours
later. Wired and AP
Nationalism in China and Japan heating up in East China Sea
Just as an increasingly nationalistic America is sending warships to
Libya, an increasingly nationalistic China is sending warships to
The levels of nationalistic fury in China and Japan are continuing to
grow over the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea.
Japan's national government has purchased the islands from their
private owners, effectively "nationalizing" them. In response,
China's armed forces are sending two warships to the region, nominally
to provide weather reports. According to a Chinese statement, the
Chinese government will take all measures to safeguard national
territorial sovereignty. "Long gone are the days when the Chinese
territory could be grabbed only by an unequal treaty." The Asahi Shimbun (Tokyo) and Xinhua
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