Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Innocence of Liberals

When Charles Woods, the father of Tyrone Woods, one of the Navy SEALS who died fighting in Benghazi, met with Hillary Clinton, she assured him that, “We’re going to have that person arrested and prosecuted that did the video.” And they got him, officially on charges of violating parole, unofficially on charges of violently offending violent Muslims.

The woman whose policy had overthrown the Libyan government and then placed a barely defended diplomatic facility in the middle of a city of terrorists, did not promise the grieving father that his son's killers would pay. She promised him that the man who offended his son's killers would pay.

Not only would his son be the first casualty of that appeasement policy, but the Constitution that his son had sworn to support and defend would be the second casualty.

Mark Basseley Youssef is not the first filmmaker sent to prison by a Democrat in the White House for making the wrong kind of movie that interfered with his foreign policy. The first man was Robert Goldstein whose movie, the The Spirit of '76, about the American Revolution, came at a time when Woodrow Wilson was trying to get Americans deeper into aiding the British in World War I.

Wilson's Justice Department directed Chicago Police Deputy Superintendent Metellus Lucullus Cicero Funkhouser to confiscate The Spirit of '76 and Goldstein spent three years in prison and eventually died in a Nazi concentration camp. Youssef and Goldstein made bad movies that were politically inconvenient.

The Spirit of '76 was not welcome in 1917 and unlike the stream of hundred million dollar movies recreating September 11 with robots, space aliens and evil government agents, the origin of Muslim violence is not an appropriate subject for a movie in the present day. "History is history and fact is fact", Judge Bledsoe conceded and convicted Goldstein anyway.

Goldstein's Federal trial took place in the Southern District of California. Mark Basseley Youssef's trial took place in the Central District of California. Goldstein was convicted of creating a movie calculated to arouse antagonism and enmity. That is the unofficial charge brought against Youssef. Goldstein was convicted of reminding Americans of the origin of their country and Youssef is guilty of reminding them of the origin of Islam.

Using Chicago politics and California courtrooms to cover up a progressive president's policies has a certain resonance a century later. Youssef and his video trailer made a convenient scapegoat so that progressive politicians could avoid talking about the collapse of Libya after their regime change operation into roving bands of Islamist militias.

After Obama denounced Youssef in every forum from 60 Minutes to the United Nations to Pakistani television, he was arrested to protect the Innocence of Muslims and the Innocence of Obama. Now the New York Times has gotten back into the game, once again blaming the YouTube trailer made by a Coptic Christian for a wave of Muslim terrorism.

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