The current working theory in most media circles is that Sam Bacile, who claimed to be an Israeli Jew, was really a front for Coptic Christians. The truth may however be that Sam Bacile was a Salafist who used Jews and Copts as a front for a Salafist agenda.
There is some evidence that suggests this may be the most logical conclusion. Salafist connections have covered this entire project from beginning to end.
Sam Bacile, didn’t do much with his YouTube account, besides uploading two clips from the “Innocence of Muslims” film, but he also commented in Arabic on an Egyptian video discussing his movie, and last month he had favorited a video from the Egyptian Salafist Al Nour Party featuring Al Nour Party spokesman Nader Bakkar attacking Ibrahim Issa and defending the Salafis.
A video defending Salafism is an odd choice for someone who claims to think Islam is a cancer to add to his favorites.
The Salafi connections don’t end there. The movie was picked up and denounced by Al-Nas, a popular Egyptian Salafi satellite channel. The wave of protests was then organized and reportedly carried out by Salafis.
It looks a great deal like Salafis set the movie in motion, then began promoting a movie that no one had ever heard of before on their own channel and then used it set off riots and carry out an attack on US embassies.
The only sticking point here is would devout Muslims really defame Mohammed in order to stage violent attacks that would benefit their political movements?
The answer is unquestionably yes. Most people still remember that the blasphemy case against an 11-year-old Pakistani Christian girl was the result of a fraud carried out by a Muslim cleric. But there is a more definitive example.
During the Danish Cartoon controversy it was discovered that some of the cartoons were not from the published batch at all. Some had been manufactured by the Imams who had calculatedly stirred up the outrage.
One of three especially inflammatory but undocumented Muhammad images distributed by a Danish imam as an example of an “anti-Muslim environment” in the European country turns out to be a poorly reproduced copy of an Associated Press photo taken at a French pig-squealing contest.
Since last week, Muslims throughout the world have engaged in protests and deadly riots in response to 12 cartoons caricaturing Islam’s prophet Muhammad published in September by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten and three much more provocative images that Muslim leaders have been unable to document.
One of those images of mysterious origin, which never were published, is from the AP photo. Another depicts Muhammad as a pedophile demon and a third has a praying Muslim being raped by a dog.
Abu Laban, leader of the Islamic Society of Denmark, took the images on a tour of the Middle East in December to rally support for his protest against the newspaper and Danish government. Tour spokesman Akhmad Akkari explained the three drawings had been added to “give an insight in how hateful the atmosphere in Denmark is towards Muslims.”
Akkari claimed he didn’t know the origin of the three images, saying they had been sent anonymously to Danish Muslims. But he rejected a request by the Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet to speak with the people who supposedly received them.
Now let’s see if we can connect the dots on the origin of the whole thing.
A profile of Abu Laban Friday night on Danish television documented his close ties to the Egyptian terrorist group Gamaa Islamiya.
Gamaa Islamiya is Salafist. Its Building and Development Party is part of the Islamic Alliance led by the Al Nour Party.
Abu Laban is a Salafi and if the Salafis were willing to stir up the cartoon riots by faking pictures of Mohammed as a pig, pedophile and engaging in bestiality, they would have little problems with something like “The Innocence of Muslims.”
The safest conclusion about history is that it repeats itself. The cartoon riots were touched off by pictures of Mohammed faked by Salafis. It is highly probable that the current wave of Salafi violence was touched off by a movie created by a Salafist claiming to be an Israeli Jew who had raised 5 million dollars from “100 Jews” with Coptic Christians and actors who were both unaware of how they were being exploited by a radical Islamist movement.