This is the kind of thing that can start a war in the Middle East.
We thought earlier today we knew who the maker of the movie was, some imbecile named Sam Becile.
But now there are doubts about the exitence of said Sam, with reports that he is not one person but many (which raises questions about today's Orlando Sentinel report that Sam was in hiding).
Al Jazeera says that Bacile may be -- rather than the Jewish realtor he was earlier reported by the Wall Street Journal to be -- a composite of many non-Muslim Egyptians, who want war (or at least growing tension) between Muslims and the United States.
We certainly know that tensions came about from the movie, which had the sophomorically ironic title Innocence of Muslims. To see and hear how inflamed people were, take this fellow in Libya, who said on camera Tuesday: "Don’t make our people angry because they will kill."
Still, there are some, according to reports this evening from MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, who think the attackers who stormed the American embassy in Libya, killing three including beloved Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, were not merely Libyans offended by the movie, but hardcore al-Qaeda types, taking advantage of the situation to wreak blood and havoc.
In another development, the actors and actresses in the movie distanced themselves from the video (that had gone public on YouTube as a "trailer" of Innocence of Muslims. The cast members said they were deceptively told by recruiters that the film was to be called Desert Warriors, and that there was no indication at all that it would be a spoof on Islam and Mohammad.
Actress Cindy Lee Garcia said, "Now we have people dead because of a movie I was in. It makes me sick." (See report in Gawker.)
All this being so, we hope that Cindy does not suffer unduly from the deception of whoever lured her and others into the blasphemous piece of crap posing as art. (Photos here are of Cindy in PR mode and in the film.)
The bottom line of course is that we've reached a watershed moment with the killing of a U.S. Ambassador, something that hasn't happened since the days when reborn Iranians took over the embassy there more than three decades ago, changing American foreign policy for a generation.