Discerning the Motivations behind the Consulate Attack

Where were you when the US consulate was attacked on 9/11? I can tell you what I was doing. I had finally finished moving into my apartment and I had just gotten my cable from www.cable-tv.com when I turn on the TV only to see the news. It was literally the first thing I saw.

Much like the terror attack on the twin towers, many Americans remember where they were this year on 9/ll. When the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya was sieged on September 11, 2012. It was broadcast on every possible medium and everyone knew. About the only thing more shocking than the attack on this diplomatic mission, however, was the motivation behind it: a movie. Or so it was initially believed.

Not even a movie, but some homemade anti-Islamic rhetoric that was clearly intended for nothing more than public inflammation. It was called the Innocence of Muslims and it was produced by Coptic Christian Nakoula Basseley Nakoula the film was responsible for inciting protests in many Muslim communities.

At the time it was believed that this movie was also the sole motivation of the attack on the consulate, but it was later revealed to be the work of an Al Qaeda group co-opting the anger of the protestors to shield what was nothing less than an organized, terror attack.