Violent protests raging in the streets of Pakistan today leaving at least 19 dead as thousands of demonstrators burned American flags and chanted death to America.
The Pakistani government declared it a national holiday, calling it a "day of loving the prophet," with hopes of encouraging peaceful protests but that didn't stop extremists from expressing their hatred for America.
The anti-American outrage comes as a new 30 second ad appears on Pakistani TV featuring President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denouncing the anti-islamic movie that has sparked protests in more than two dozen countries.
According to the state department, the ad cost $70 thousand dollars to run it on 14 different channels reaching 80-90% of the country. But is it throwing good money after bad?
OutFront tonight: Fran Townsend is the former homeland security adviser to George Bush.
Muslims call for self-examination as violent film protests hit Pakistan
Amid violent protests Friday that left 15 dead in Pakistan, a growing chorus of Muslims called on their fellow faithful to examine their own role in the chaos.
"The mindless and criminal actions of a few in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen and elsewhere, which have already led to the deaths of innocents, threaten to do a great deal of harm and never seem to make a sensible point," Salman Shaikh, a Muslim and director of the Brookings Doha Center, wrote in a CNN commentary.
In fact, Shaikh said, the protests do more to serve those who would like to turn back the democratic goals of Arab Spring movements across the Middle East and North Africa than they express legitimate complaints over the mocking of Islam's Prophet Mohammed.
Not all of the protests, which began last Tuesday, have been violent. Rallies in Lebanon and Malaysia on Friday were relatively peaceful.
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