By Gregory N. Lippe
Gregory N. Lippe Accountacy Corp.
SEPTEMBER 11, 2012: U.S. Embassy in Libya is bombed. Four people are killed including the U.S. Ambassador, which is supposedly retaliation for an inflammatory U.S. made film titled “Innocence of Muslims” wherein the prophet Muhammad was depicted as a womanizer and child molester.
SEPTEMBER 14, 2012: A Los Angeles Times article titled: “Charity, ex-con linked to Islam Film” states that the filmmakers of the inflammatory film were two Egyptian immigrants: Joseph Nassralla Abdelmasih, the President of a Duarte-based Coptic Christian Church, and, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a financially strapped gas station operator just out of federal prison (having been convicted for bank fraud and substance abuse). Neither Abdelmasih nor Nakoula appear to be U.S. Citizens. Nakoula told the Associated Press that his name was Sam Bacile and that he was an Israeli Jew and American citizen. Nakoula also has a list of aliases and appears to have lied about himself and his citizenship status before, also having claimed to be an Israeli citizen.
SEPTEMBER 14, 2012: Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton calls the film “disgusting and reprehensible.”
SEPTEMBER 15, 2012: A Wall Street Journal article titled: “Anti-U.S. Mobs on Rampage" reports that Anti-American demonstrations spread to more than a dozen nations across the Islamic world on Friday, September 14, 2012, with protestors storming the U.S. embassy and an American school in Tunisia, all being sparked by a video made in the U.S. that mocked the Prophet Muhammad.
SEPTEMBER 16, 2012: Filmmaker Nakoula’s wife and children leave their home to escape the press and potential harm.
SEPTEMBER 17, 2012: Nakoula re-unites with his family at an undisclosed location apparently under police or other government protection.
What is wrong with this story? I’ll tell you what is wrong. First, although made in the U.S., this film that has apparently sparked severe demonstrations and killings of U.S. citizens was in no way a U.S. film. It was made by two Egyptians who, for whatever reason, have a grudge against the Muslims and decided to ridicule them but were such cowards that they chose to use the U.S. for cover and Israel as a scapegoat (by Nakoula, claiming he was an Israeli Jew). Second, I haven’t heard any of our elected officials’ state to the world that this was not a U.S. film. Instead they seem to be helping to hide and protect these cowardly filmmakers (one being a felon) while our innocent citizens are taking the punishment for their actions. This is just wrong!