Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the Coptic Christian filmmaker that has wandered into the crosshairs of the federal government as well as international Islamic fundamentalists, has been arrested for an apparent probation violation. At least, that’s what it will say on the paperwork…
The Christian filmmaker has been repeatedly blamed by the Obama Administration and the complicit liberal media for the violence in the Middle East. The predominate narrative from the Obama Administration has been an infuriating song-and-dance with the central line being, “Don’t blame Obama’s incredibly weak foreign policy, don’t blame terrorists that attack our embassies and murder our diplomats, blame some obscure film on YouTube and this Christian filmmaker.” Despite the video being posted in July, it wasn’t until September 11th, the 11th anniversary of the devastating attacks on the World Trade Center, that the terrorists attacked our embassies.
Claiming that Nakoula “poses a danger to the community,” U.S. District Court Judge Suzanne Segal has remanded the Coptic Christian filmmaker for 8 probation violations in connection with a 2010 conviction for check fraud. Nakoula’s attorney argued that he should be released on $10,000 bail as he has checked in frequently with his probation officer and has made no attempts to leave Southern California.
The assistant U.S. Attorney trying Nakoula claimed that, “He has every incentive to disappear.” With a fatwa on his head, the Islamic world screaming for his execution and a federal government that is all-too-willing to serve him up, I agree that he has every incentive to flee. The enablers of Islamo-fascism in the Obama Administration have done nothing but target the YouTube video and the filmmaker as the sole cause of violence in the Middle East; it is incredibly hard to believe that government will go to any meaningful lengths to ensure his safety. Truthfully, I would have fled California like a bullet from a gun.
While even the Libyan government has labeled the attack a coordinated terrorist attack, the Obama Administration has, against all odds and common sense, stuck to their narrative regarding the reason for the violence, almost excusing the bloodshed in the process. It makes sense; a “terrorist attack” demands retaliatory action close to election time. A “demonstration” is just religious differences gone awry. And now, to add to the record of spinelessness, the federal government is targeting a filmmaker who had the audacity to say unpopular things.
Yesterday, after weeks of the public’s refusal to buy what the president was selling, the Obama Administration has begun to cave and begrudgingly admit that the Libyan attack was, in fact, an attack. It’s always the hallmark of an effective leader who says, “Let’s sell the public this story, and if they don’t buy it, then we will tell the truth as a last resort.”
It is not lost on me that Nakoula is a criminal; he violated the law and has had to pay the price. Perhaps he did violate his probation. What I question is A) the timing of his interrogation and arrest in the wake of what is rapidly reaching scandal-status for this administration, and B) as the Obama Administration has worked tirelessly to place the blame on Nakoula, I find it highly unlikely, if not impossible, for him to receive punishment proportional to his alleged crimes nor certainly anything even vaguely resembling impartial due process.
It’s ironic, really. Nakoula, a Coptic Christian, fled Egypt to come to America, a nation founded on religious tolerance and free speech. While here, he exercised his freedom of speech to articulate his religious viewpoint, and his adopted country is now complicit in trying to silence him and offering him up to the religious zealots from whom he fled. We are America. We are better than this.
I know it must be quite politically inconvenient for President Obama that the region he helped destabilize is choosing now to strike against America, but that’s too bad; we demand action against those that attack America and we demand protection for those who speak- even if that speech is unpopular. We are America and we deserve a leader that upholds our principles. Remember that on November 6th.