What do the attacks on the U.S. embassy in Egypt and consulate in Libya mean? Yesterday the mainstream media was quick to accept and promote the explanation that some obscure film with tenuous connections to Terry Jones spurred the violence against U.S. personnel. But as many here on Ricochet have noted, it just doesn't add up.
When you look at the violence in the broader context of the events that have transpired in the region in the past three days, a much bigger picture emerges.
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"Where does America stand?" Condoleezza Rice asked in her rousing speech at the Republican convention last month. She continued,
You see when the friends or foes alike don't know the answer to that question, unambiguously and clearly, the world is likely to be a more dangerous and chaotic place....
I know that it feels as if we have carried these burdens long enough. But we can only know that there is no choice, because one of two things will happen if we don't lead. Either no one will lead and there will be chaos, or someone will fill the vacuum who does not share our values.
My fellow Americans, we do not have a choice. We cannot be reluctant to lead and you cannot lead from behind.
The broader story here is a battle between the forces of order and chaos. And with the leader of the free world off to Las Vegas for a fundraising trip, it looks as though at least for now, chaos has the upper hand.