Monday, September 17, 2012
Post Film Violence Is Not The Answer
Nakoula pleaded guilty in 1997 to possession with intent to manufacture methamphetamine. He was sentenced to a year in jail,. In 2010, Nakoula was charged with bank fraud. Nakoula pleaded no contest in 2010 to federal bank fraud charges and was ordered to pay more than $790,000 in restitution and was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison. Prior to his bank fraud conviction, Nakoula struggled with financial problems. In June 2006, a $191,000 tax lien was filed against him in the Los Angeles County Recorder of Deeds office. In 1997, a $106,000 lien was filed against him in Orange County.
So is it surprising that Nakoula might be a key figure behind "Innocence of Muslims?" The film unfairly denigrates Islam; however, that does not justify the violence against U.S. embassies in the Middle East and North Africa. Why should the U.S. be targeted for the actions of a convict or even of a few loose cannons? It simply doesn't make sense unless someone is looking for an excuse to pick a fight. When it comes to zeoulous religious folks, experience suggests that common sense sometimes gets bypassed in favor of a strange sense of justice..