Pakistan attacks occurred on Friday when Muslims protested against the insults to their prophet Mohammad. The violence in Pakistan killed at least 15 people, but as this is the Muslim day of prayer, most nations were peaceful. These attacks from the same circumstances that killed four Americans in Libya. Muslims all over the world are proving one thing. They are perfectly happy to commit murder and do harm to innocent people if they think that you have insulted their prophet.
The two incidents that Muslims are using as justification for these attacks include a French cartoon that poked fun at Mohammad, and an amateur movie made in California that depicted Muhammad as a child molester, among other things. In France, demonstrations are banned. Interior Minister Manuel Valls was quoted as saying, "There will be strictly no exceptions. Demonstrations will be banned and broken up."
Last week, protests over the film turned into a massive attack on the United States Embassy in Libya where 30 were wounded and four were killed. While some Muslims are criticizing both the mocking of Mohammad, as well as the violence because of it, others are out on the streets, doing harm to innocent people who neither made a film, nor drew a cartoon.
Muslim extremists want a war with the West because of this apparently, but that doesn't explain the violence in Pakistan. Abdessalem Abdullah, a preacher in a Palestinian refugee camp said, "They hate him (the Prophet) and show this through their continued works in the West, through their writings, cartoons, films and the way they launch war against him in schools."
The Pakistan attacks included tens of thousands in several large cities, and have resulted in the death of at least three police, and banks and movie theaters set on fire. This is a great way to show how much you are offended by people in other countries who have likely never even set foot in Pakistan.
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