It’s called trying to placate the Arab/Muslim street, while crushing crushing free speech laws.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, called a Florida pastor on Wednesday and asked him to withdraw his support for a film whose portrayal of the Prophet Mohammad has been linked to violent protests – including one that ended with the death of America’s envoy to Libya.
“In the brief call, Gen. Dempsey expressed his concerns over the nature of the film, the tensions it will inflame and the violence it will cause,” Dempsey’s spokesman, Colonel Dave Lapan, told Reuters.
U.S. military officials are concerned that the film could inflame tensions in Afghanistan, where 74,000 U.S. troops are fighting. The Taliban called on Afghans on Wednesday to prepare for a fight against Americans and urged insurgents to “take revenge” on U.S. soldiers over the film.
“He told me he had seen the film and that the film was pornographic … and very, very bad. He asked me not to support it,” Pastor Terry Jones told Reuters.
Jones agreed to “re-evaluate” his plans to show the film. “If the film is indeed pornographic, then, of course, as a Christian pastor I cannot support that type of film and could not show it,” he said.
Dempsey’s office declined comment on Jones’ characterization of the call.
A U.S. official, briefing reporters later, described Jones as “non-committal” during the call.