Higgins: In face of protests, U.S should lead by example

Sep 17, 2012

Rep. Brian Higgins says the U.S. needs to let the unrest in the Middle East "play itself out."

An privately-produced, anti-Islam film made in the America has provoked a week of unrest in predominantly Muslim countries.  But Higgins, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, says the U.S. can not impose itself in every conflict . 

"Those places aren't going to change until those people want to change. What we can do is influence our country and how we are viewed as a nation throughout the world," Higgins said.

Higgins, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, says the strongest response would be to restore the U.S. economy.

"The greatest influence we have is by example. A strong, prosperous America serves as a beacon of inspiration for the rest of the world," Higgins added. 

During a rare public appearance before thousands of protestors in Beirut Monday, Hezbollah's leader Hassan Nasrallah said the U.S. must be held accountable for the film because it was produced in America.