Arab students react to unrest in the Middle East

Marcus Clem | Collegio Reporter Yazeed Aldhwayan says there is a very simple reason why the recent film, “Innocence of Muslims,” created such an uproar in the Middle East. “The Prophet Muhammad is very sacred,” said Aldhwayan, sophomore in business management from Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. “Making fun of him is not okay at all.” Protests and riots have caused disorder and death. American and other western flags have been burned with the kind of widespread fury provoked by insulting a religion. The cause seems simple: the short film “Innocence of Muslims,” was created by Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, an Eyptian-born Coptic Christian filmmaker residing in Los Angeles. The film, formatted as a trailer for a larger…

Romney jumps the gun

Libyan men protest against Ansar al-Shariah Brigades and other Islamic militias in Benghazi, Libya, Friday, Sept. 21.

John T. Sullivan | Guest Columnist When I was growing up and taking citizenship classes in school, we were always taught that “politics stops at the water’s edge” and that “we only have one president at a time.” I guess all of that went out the window on Sept. 11 when Mitt Romney, with less than cautious abandon, dove into the precarious political waters of Middle Eastern uncertainty to heap scorn on the president of the United States at a time when unity of purpose, resolve and response would have made more sense. Clearly, for whatever reason, Romney jumped the gun to inject himself into an ongoing crisis, while prudence dictated that he hold his…