A chanting crowd of approximately 2,000 Egyptians stormed the walls of the American embassy in Cairo yesterday, while another mob in Benghazi stormed the U.S. consulate there. In Egypt, the mob scaled the embassy and tore the U.S. flag to pieces while raising a black Islamic flag of their own. In Benghazi, RPGs were fired at the consulate which was also set to flames. Twenty gunmen fired rounds and rockets, one of which killed Chris Stevens, the American ambassador to Libya who’s spent the last five years serving there. Three other Americans were also killed on the consulate grounds in Benghazi last night.
Rioting on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the protesters were apparently enraged by a 14-minute trailer for Innocence of Muslims, an amateurish film produced by a 52-year old Israeli-American that overtly ridicules Mohammad, depicting him as a woman-hating, overzealous pedophile, a fraud, a womanizer and a madman, showing him having sex and calling for massacres.
While the trailer was uploaded to YouTube in July, the video gaining the attention of bloggers and Facebook pages in the Middle East is a version that’s been recently dubbed into Arabic, after a right-wing pastor began promoting it with his own proclamation of Sept. 11 as “International Judge Muhammad Day.”