Or, plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose (or The more things change, the more it's the same thing.).
Turner Classic Movies is showing 55 Days at Peking (formerly Peiping, now Beijing. Why the name changes? I have no idea.).
Certainly appropriate fare given the current situation in the Middle East. China was exploited by "The Great Powers" of Europe, the oil resources of the Middle East have been exploited by "the Great Powers", this time including the United States.
Now personally it seems to me that the exploitation ended at the time of the Oil Embargo of the mid 70's, under Ford and Carter, but the resentment has never gone away, and under the teachings of the more extreme Mullah's especially in Iranian and Pakistani "Madrassas", has been whipped into an Anti-American frenzy by mixing in the resentment over the formation of Israel, and the neighbouring countries refusal to integrate Palestinians, but merely to house them in Ghettos on their borders. That's Syria, Jordan and Egypt. I don't know precisely what the situation is concerning Palestinians in the Lebanon.
I wish Jonah Jones were here to help out on this question since he knows all about it, and lives there, near the Golan. I sincerely hope he's well, and safe.
Now just because I recognize that there are grievances, doesn't mean that I agree with the method Egyptians or Yemenis or any other group has been chosen for redress. All of this behaviour is ridiculous and childish, but that is the essence of Mob Psychology, to turn normally sane adults into a horde of screaming 4 year olds in the throes of a temper tantrum. That's why simple non-cooperation, refusing to validate the tantrum is the only thing that works. It's like child rearing, or if you prefer, The Dog Whisperer. You don't whip the dog to create obedience, you correct (mostly by re-direction) the behaviour you don't like, and reinforce the behaviour you do like.
My father, as much as I loved him, was a whipper, and I grew up saying I'll never do that to my kid. My wife did it once, and never did it again. My son was the most cooperative obedient kid among any of our friends kids.
You have to figure out what will defuse the mob, when they are away from the embassy, and try to do that.
I see no reason why YouTube which is not a press agency, but is a video source unallied with any national group or is not covered by "Freedom of the Press" should be making Hate Speech available on Line. To call it Freedom of Speech when it was created by an Israeli to stir up precisely the trouble we have seen, and a video which may not even be available in Israel, is to allow the US to be used to enflame tensions to the US's detriment. I think YouTube should have the stones, and the sense of responsibility to have pulled it, and posted a source, and an apology immediately that this all started.
As a loose analogy, imagine a short film about Jefferson, Madison, Washington, Adams, and others in a homosexual brothel. It's at least reasonably analogous to the video denigrating Mohammed. I don't think that Americans would be happy, though we seem to have progressed past mobocracy, and the assaults on other people's embassies.
Re-direct the behaviour by broadcasting that it wasn't created by an American, in no way reflects American values or opinions, and has been pulled, not by the American Government (which would indicate Government involvement) but by the broadcasting entity YouTube.