Across the Middle East protestors have taken to the streets outside U.S. embassies in Egypt, Israel, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, and Yemen in response to the American-made Internet video called Innocence of Muslims.
What started as protests outside the U.S. embassy in Cairo on Tuesday, Sept. 11, escalated dramatically with the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, which resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including the U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.
The Al Jazeera report makes this point about the significance of the protests:
Whatever the cause, the events appeared to underscore how much the ground in the Middle East has shifted for Washington, which for decades had close ties with Arab dictators who could be counted on to crush dissent.