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By week’s end, the self-fulfilling prophecy had, not surprisingly, come bloody true. News of the film had gone global and with it a mob’s rage in Tunisia, Sudan, Nigeria, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, India and across the continents.

People were killed, embassies were burned, private businesses with any association to America were destroyed. All because the Obama administration needed a handy scapegoat and found one.

Charles Hurt can be reached at charleshurt@live.com.