CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Time after time, deadly violence erupts in various Muslim nations because of perceived religious insults.
After U.S. troops inadvertently burned some discarded Qurans in Afghanistan, rioting killed 30 Afghans and six American soldiers. Four of the murdered Americans were shot by supposed "friendly" Afghan colleagues.
After a Danish newspaper printed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, weeks of rioting killed dozens of people -- including six in a suicide bombing of the Danish embassy in Pakistan.
After the novel The Satanic Verses contained a dream sequence lampooning the Prophet, riots exploded in numerous countries and a $2 million reward was offered for the assassination of author Salman Rushdie.
Now it has happened again. A low-budget movie "Innocence of Muslims" depicts Muhammad as a fraud, womanizer, child abuser and massacre-perpetrator. One backer was Florida evangelist Terry Jones, whose public Quran-burnings caused days of rioting in Afghanistan. Such amateurish films usually have little impact -- but a 14-minute trailer was posted on the Internet, and it flashed through the Islamic world.
America's ambassador to Libya and three diplomatic aides were killed in an attack on a U.S. consulate. Protesters also stormed the U.S. embassy in Cairo, but caused no injuries. Palestinians in the Gaza Strip burned American flags and chanted "Death to America."
President Obama beefed up security at embassies overseas and declared: "While the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, we must all unequivocally oppose the kind of senseless violence that took the lives of these public servants."