It is Friday. That once again means violence in many countries in the Middle East. This latest increase in violence, following Friday prayers, has come from the fall out of the film The Innocence of Muslims.In Pakistan the angry crowd soon raged out of control. 17 people were killed. This in spite of the ads paid for by the US administration which have been run in Pakistan this week disowning the film. The film may have been produced and released in the USA but it had nothing to do with the authorities nor the administration.
The Pakistani government had tried to inspire a Day of Love today. It was hoped that peaceful protests would be the order of the day added to a celebration of the Prophet Mohammed. It was not to be.
In Pakistan thousands of protesters soon became violent. One of the dead was a driver for Pakistani television. He was killed when police opened fire on the rampaging demonstrators. A cinema was set on fire.
Protesters were also on the streets in countries such as the UK, Germany, France, Afghanistan, The Lebanon and more. Noticeably not in the USA apparently, where the film was made.
It is believed that the ongoing protests are being stoked by extremists. If that is the case they should be ashamed. It is manipulating people's religious faith.
The death toll continues to grow in a nonsensical situation. It is an important situation though for Muslims. There may also be people in the US and Israel exploiting the situation. In the US it could be for political advantage. As for Israel they seem intent on waging war against Iran and so have a vested interest in this chaos.
Today there are reports that another UK soldier has died in Afghanistan. His death is being investigated. It is not believed to have been a result of hostile action.