This is what we think we know at this point, relative to this reprehensible film.
First, those that were involved - the actors and the person who provided the set - all claim they were misled. The words of the actors, for example were dubbed over what was actually said by unknown voices.
Second, the original source of the funding has appeared to be lost in a shroud of conflicting claims.
And third, there is a concerted effort underway to convince us that it wasn’t the movie that caused the attacks and the unrest that are cascading across North Africa and the Middle East. Jonah Goldberg, a prolific editorialist in the L.A. Times, suggested today that it wasn’t the video at all - that the coordinated attacks had to have been planned well before the video surfaced. The Obama administration, understandably anxious to avoid responsibility for the anti-American demonstrations, says it was the video period, but Goldberg counters that Obama’s naiveté “deserves ample scorn,” and, just to be fair, he throws the naïve charge at George W. Bush as well.
Peering through the confusion and the many mysteries, here is what I believe we can assume at this point. It’s a good idea to never believe that global events just sort of happen by accident and, make no mistake about it, this has become a global event. Somewhere behind the names that have been associated with the video - so far back, in fact, that it may forever be lost to public view - the video and the orchestrated attacks were likely both organized together by the same entity. The broad scope of such a plan would seem to eliminate any amateurs as the culprits. Under such circumstances, we would certainly have to be talking about a group along the lines of the CIA, Al Qaeda the Mossad, the Muslim Brotherhood or perhaps even one we haven’t heard of yet.
The point is, the seemingly haphazard events that are unfolding probably represent a controlled situation that is likely to be exactly what the organizer intended.
If that is the case and if we could just determine who this organizer is and identify its motives, our understanding of global trends and where they are heading would be greatly enhanced but, even more importantly, our ability to change them would be greatly improved.