The attacks on U.S. Embassies had very little to do with the latest film and much more to do with the old story of the Muhammad Cartoon and the failure of Muslims to prosecute internationally the culprits who drew the Muhammad cartoons. This will be another attempt to change the laws globally.
Wisam Abdul Waris of Dar Al-Hekma (House of Wisdom) – about whom the Nour Salafist party announced publicly that its call to demonstrate was in support of – began a call to push for the passage of laws to be placed in the Egyptian Constitution – as well as internationally – that would make it illegal to criticize Islam.
The evidence can be found on this video, where Wisam tells viewers, in Arabic about his plans:
Here is a translation of the relevant portion:
We have moved to review with Mr. Rifai all the legal procedures today by which we created The Voice of Wisdom Coalition (I’itilaf Sawt al-Hekma); it will hold accountable everyone who insults Islam locally and internationally, in accordance with every country’s laws. We all know the problems Yasser Al-Habib had in London and after that in Berlin… in Germany, an extremist group was allowed to publicize cartoons that insult the prophet in front of the Salafist Mosque in Berlin, through a legal decision. So what we did was to ask Sharabi Mahmoud to reject this legal decision on behalf of the Egyptian people who are Muslim; for this reason, we created this coalition. We also made an official request from the Church in Egypt to issue a public announcement, to state it has nothing to do with this deed.
Then you have the official statements from the Nour Salafist party, which announces an official partnering with this call.
This demonstration was about one thing – creating havoc to apply pressure that would lead to a change in Egyptian Constitution by Nour:
Salafi Nour Party officially joined the Commonwealth of ‘voice of wisdom’ with Wisam Abdul Waris, as well as with Nader Bakkar, the party’s official spokesman and Dr. Ahmed Khalil Khairallah, member of the supreme body.
Ahmed Khalil, of the supreme body, and I joined the Association of the voice of wisdom with Dr. Wisam Abdul Waris as official representatives from Nour Party and the Salafist call.
Bakkar then added that the association…
…aims for legal prosecution for anyone of harm to Islam at home and abroad.
Bakkar said the following in remarks on his personal facebook page:
…after the movie that abused the Prophet (peace be upon him), none will dare object to our determination to put an article in the constitution that criminalizes insults of the divine through portrayal or animation of the prophet, His companions, and all His House and mothers of the believers… this is the least we can do.”
If Nader Mahmoud Abdulsalam Bakkar and Wisam Abdul Waris had any involvement in the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Libya, questioning each man could certainly help rule them in our out as culprits there.
The Salafist Nour party unquestionably carries responsibility for the embassy attack in Cairo. These two men should be questioned by authorities. One of them (Bakkar) is actually scheduled to be in the United States in the coming days. Make no mistake; the notion that these riots were spawned by an anti-Islam movie is completely and totally fallacious. It is not about the movie; it is about never letting a crisis go to waste. It is all about intimidating countries into implementing laws designed to extinguish free speech rights. The film is nothing more than a tool to be used to exploit politically correct inclinations.
It was also a ‘support al-Qaeda day’. The Nour Party’s official facebook page proudly displays a photo of Osama bin Laden at the Hani Center.
To prove the point beyond a shadow of doubt that September the 11th was chosen without any connect to the film being released on that date we can examine the sources as to when Egypt learned about the film. On September 12, 2012 the Wall Street Journal reported that the video trailer which allegedly caused the storming of the U.S. Embassy had been scheduled to be shown in the church of controversial pastor Terry Jones:
The spark that elevated the video from the Internet’s backwater appears to have been provided by Morris Sadek, an Egyptian Coptic activist living in the Washington, D.C., area. Mr. Sadek has been an outspoken anti-Islamic activist in the U.S., where he runs a small group called the National American Coptic Assembly.
On Sept. 6, Mr. Sadek sent an email to journalists around the world promoting a Sept. 11 event held by Rev. Terry Jones, the Florida pastor who previously sparked deadly protests by burning a copy of the Quran.
In the email, Mr. Sadek included a link to the 14-minute YouTube clip, calling it “Innocence of Muslims.” The man identifying himself as Sam Bacile, in Tuesday’s interview, said the clip was a trailer for a full-length film of the same name.
In Egypt, journalists translated some of the footage into Arabic and broadcast it on national television. Several popular preachers on conservative Islamic satellite channels such as Al Rahma and Al Hafez urged people to turn out Tuesday at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, protesters there said.
The timeline of events is beginning to reveal itself. So, if the video was released to Arabic sources – with translations – on September 6th which in fact is collaborated by the fact that we can see Waris denouncing the film and calling for a legal change on September 7th.
Why then would plans be made to storm the American embassy on September 11th, given the solemnity of the day for the United States? If Terry Jones is supposedly insensitive to Muslims for threatening to burn the Qur’an, why isn’t it
insensitive an act of war for Egyptians to storm the U.S. embassy on the anniversary of September 11th and replace the U.S. flag with al-Qaeda’s flag?
On the Nour Party facebook page, Egyptian officers posted lines of support including their photos in uniform, promising to join the demonstrations and calls to terminate all the citizenships of Coptic Christians who live abroad, litter the websites that support Nour Salfist party. There is a trend in Egypt for police officers to join “I am a cop with a beard”, an activist group of police officers that proudly joined the Voice of Wisdom and Nour Party to demonstrate “expressing our anger” in front of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. The facebook page shows a photo calling Copts abroad “The Dogs of The Diaspora” and another photo stating the chant, “Khaybar Khaybar O Jews, the army of Muhammad is coming for you”. Advertisements include posters encouraging demonstrations in front of the U.S. Embassy; they are clearly seen and state things like, “Tuesday, on 9/11. More is planned on the 14th and this time in front of the Presidential Palace.”
In fact, Nader Bakkar announced on September 9th that he was objecting to a dutch film and that the Dutch were allowing Copts to move to Holland:
Said Nader Bakkar, spokesman of the Nour Party that the Dutch parliament’s decision to grant Copts asylum was unacceptable interference in Egyptian affairs, and an attempt to crack the wall of the cohesion of its citizens.
Bakar, stated through his personal account on Twitter that the Dutch anti-Muslim film against the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him, could not pass unnoticed, without there being an adequate response...
This adds to the argument, Nour Party had failed to twist the arms of the Dutch (as well as the Germans and the English) to change their laws to respect Sharia, so they then turned on the Americans and chose 9/11 for the date to protest.
Bakkar is the Director for the R&D Section and works for Trend Corporation. Here is his profile on the company’s website:
Bakkar was scheduled to be in the U.S. for a dialogue in New York and Boston regarding the Egyptian Constitution on September 9th, 2012, yet the event got postponed until September 15th – 16th in New York and New Jersey and on the 17th in Boston then travel to Texas. The place they will gather is at St. Vincent College, 6301 Riverdale Ave. Riverdale, NY 10471. Waris shows the body of U.S. Ambassador in Libya on his official facebook as well as a photo of Morris Sadek, the Copt involved in the film seen during a gathering with a Jew holding the Israeli flag while Morris hold the cross. One comment says “Are you happy Morris about your God hanging on a piece of wood like a goat?” Five comments were posted condemning the killing of the U.S. Ambassador in Libya.
Al-Arabiya agrees; the intentions of these groups was to change U.S. laws in accordance with Sharia: “in Islam it is permissible to shed the blood of anyone who insults the prophet”.
President Obama assured Americans today that those who perpetrated the attacks on the U.S. embassies in Egypt and Libya will be brought to justice. Not only are two of the most likely suspects behind the Cairo embassy attack being presented in this post but one of them will be jet-setting in the United States next week.
On September 10th, advertisements that encouraged people to join in the protests of the film were in abundance.
The idea came from the Nour Salafist party’s Ahmed Khalil and Nadder Bakkar. Here is a rough translation:
Nour Party announced in a statement on the official facebook page of the party, support for participation in the vigil held in front of the U.S. embassy on the fifth evening (Tuesday) to condemn the film for offending the Prophet (peace be upon him) on American television. The Engineer Jalal, once Secretary-General of the party, said that a number of party leaders are taking part in the vigil, led by Dr. Ahmed Khalil and Nader Bakkar, in addition to members of the party from the various provinces.”
This was sent out one day before the 9/11 anniversary. So we can conclude that the agitation was started days before, then advertised on September 10th, to turn out on September 11th specifically.
None of this had anything to do with the sarcastic film about Muhammad.
The Arabic sources show that this was in support of ‘al-Qaeda day’ by posting and waving al-Qaeda flags; some of the chanting was about reminding Americans that there are many al-Qaedas (ie Nour Party). Americans should ask themselves a hard question:
If our enemy is al-Qaeda exclusively, then why is an entire political party – which makes up over 20% of Egypt’s new Parliament – aligning with al-Qaeda?