The 11th anniversary of 9/11 was dangerous and tragic. The symbolism of 11s has been significant to terrorists for years (which I detailed in The Copycat Effect). Thus, I was upset to see what unfolded, but I was not startled.
That the Guy Fawkes mask should show up in the middle of the new Arab protests is synchromystically surprising, as well. (I am pondering, again, what I wrote in my exchange with Guy Edwards about these Guy Fawkes/V for Vendetta masks, see here, under #1.)
By the end of September 12, 2012, the official Obama administration position was that an allegedly spontaneous mob in Libya, said to be angry over an YouTube video criticizing Islam, was used as a cover. A coordinated, planned terrorist attack on the Libyan diplomatic mission on the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks allegedly occurred. (On September 12th, protests in the Muslim world had spread to Tunisia, Morocco, and Sudan, with upcoming worldwide gatherings planned for Friday, September 14, 2012. The embassies in Armenia, Burundi, Kuwait, Sudan, Tunisia and Zambia, along with the embassy in Egypt, which was hit by a protest on Tuesday, all issued warnings on Wednesday advising Americans to be particularly vigilant.)
Sadly, the American ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, 52, was killed when he died from smoke inhalation in the fire begun by rocket attacks causing the burning of the embassy. Two (as yet) unidentified U.S. Marines and a Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, 34, were apparently shot and died.
Little imitation of the "V" character occurred after the Alan Moore graphic novel began appearing in 1982. It was the movie adaption V for Vendetta's mass-produced masks that began the copycats. "V" was portrayed as a mysterious masked revolutionary who worked to destroy the totalitarian government, profoundly affecting the people he encountered.
The "vendetta" has merged into vengeance, revenge, and anarchy protests of all kinds. The masks have been used to hide the identities of Occupy Wall Street protesters, as well as people representing Anonymous at Scientology demonstrations in Los Angeles, London, and other locations. Now it has moved into the Arab Fall protests.