You have heard the expression, “It’s not rocket science.”
Well, when it comes to understanding the latest wave of violence in the Middle East, it’s not rocket science.
And it’s not “the film.”
The region is littered with countless matchsticks and political and religious terrain as dry as the U.S. drought.
It takes little to set the region afire, and anyone can grab a match.
So while much attention focused on a film that mocks Islam, a simple answer, most realize the film and its creators become secondary when you look a region rife with strife and no one with the ability to control.
Who is in charge in the region or in its countries?
The “old rule” has crumbled and the vacuum is being filled by any number of players including public apathy. How many people anywhere in the region believe anything will change for the better for them day in and day out whether democracy prevails or Islamic rule or something in between?
And Tom Friedman, a journalist and author who has invested a lot of time and energy trying to understand the mindset in the region — among its “leaders” and its citizenry — asked this revealing question during a Sunday news interview show: While the regime in Syria goes about systematically massacring thousands of Islam’s followers in that country, how many Syrian embassies throughout the region have been attacked?
But a film that killed no one sets the region afire?
No, it’s not rocket science, and no, it’s not the film.
It is and always has been “a way of life” — and death — in the region, and the prospects of that ever changing are nil.