Of course, I will always be proud to be American- but the level of disrespect the state department and the Obama Administration is willing to allow towards this great nation is embarrassing and not indicative of the strong-willed, frontier-spirited people who call this country home. We are America, dammit. I’m going to have to insist that our “leaders” start acting like it!
Mohamed Morsi, the Egyptian President and leader of the radical Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, sat with the New York Times and discussed his vision of relations with the U.S. In a tone that suggested a willingness to issue ultimatums and lay down terms, the Egyptian President spoke frankly about how the West needs to respect the culture of the Islamic world, but apparently, not vice-versa.
“If you want to judge the performance of the Egyptian people by the standards of German or Chinese or American culture, then there is no room for judgment. When the Egyptians decide something, probably it is not appropriate for the U.S. When the Americans decide something, this, of course, is not appropriate for Egypt.”
That’s all well and good- however, where is the give-and-take when some oddball in California wishes to make a movie about Muhammad? It’s incredibly odd that Morsi should come here and lecture America one being non-judgmental of their culture- especially considering that we are not the ones storming embassies, violating the soverignty of embassies and desecrating flags.
The article continued,
“He suggested that Egypt would not be hostile to the West, but would not be as compliant as Mr. Mubarak either.
‘Successive American administrations essentially purchased with American taxpayer money the dislike, if not the hatred, of the peoples of the region,’ he said, by backing dictatorial governments over popular opposition and supporting Israel over the Palestinians.”
Oh, so the Middle East can support regimes and have opinions on the legitimacy of Israel, but we are just supposed to write them checks, endure their abuse and shut up? It’s a bit tacky that Egypt claims to have such strong opposition to both our cultural values and our foreign policy, but is more than willing to cash our checks of $1.5 billion per year.
Furthermore, I don’t remember Morsi complaining when our President was sticking his nose into affairs in the Middle East to topple despotic, yet reliable, regimes that would be replaced by government’s fostered by the Muslim Brotherhood.
“The president of the Arab Republic of Egypt is the commander of the armed forces, full stop. Egypt now is a real civil state. It is not theocratic, it is not military. It is democratic, free, constitutional, lawful and modern…We are behaving according to the Egyptian people’s choice and will, nothing else- is it clear?”
Sure. Nothing says, “We are ‘lawful’ and ‘modern,’” like storming embassies, lighting the flag on fire and dancing around it and screaming like a bunch of savages because someone half-a-world away may have “blasphemed” your sacred prophet. No, it sounds like a metropolis of civility and law and order…
In essence- the Obama Administration supported the toppling of Mubarak and Qaddafi, both of whom served as reliable despots that “played ball” with the West. After the Muslim Brotherhood rose to power in Libya and Egypt, the anti-American rhetoric began almost immediately. This month, we have seen unforgivable attacks on our embassies throughout the Middle East and our diplomats murdered. We have received little belated consolation from Morsi, but only an official condemnation of the violence coupled with a reminder for us to mind our manners. All the while, America is bombarded with calls to enforce Sharia law and arrest the man who “blasphemed Islam,” while we continue to pay aid to the country that attacked us! Now, we must suffer harsh talk from this radical? At what point do we say enough is enough and start accepting that we are at war with radical Islam?