Egyptian rioters stormed the U.S. embassy in Cairo today. They climbed over the wall, trashed the grounds, removed the American flag,ripped it to shreds and hoisted in its place the black flag of jihad, which reads "There is no God but Allah and Mohammad is his messenger."
As always, westerners are bending into pretzel shapes to try and come up with why this occurred while avoiding the obvious.
The excuse given was that was that a movie was supposedly being made about Mohammed. No real details, but apparently that was all that was needed to gin up the festivities. Another news source is claiming that this was supposedly about a symbolic 'trial' of Mohammed carried out by Terry Jones and his group, who symbolically burned a Qu'ran last year.
Actually, when it comes to Muslim violence, no real reason is needed. And if you're a ferengi, an infidel, even appeasing them buys you no peace. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton found that out last July when her motorcade was attacked by a mob.
The reality that no one wants to openly admit is that today's display is a party, a fiesta.
Today is 9/11, and many Muslim worldwide regard it as a day of victory over the west and in particular, America, the Great Satan. Remember, they have a home town hero to cheer. Mohammed Atta, leader of the hijackers was an Egyptian, and a former Muslim Brotherhood member just like the current head of al-Qaeda, Ayman Zawahiri.
Needless to say, the Obama Administration was quick on the draw with an apology. A statement was issued on behalf of the embassy saying that it "condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims -- as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions."
"Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy," the statement said. "We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others."
Yes indeed, they certainly do condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Unless of course they're Jews, or Christians so unfortunate to be living in Islamic countries, or Catholics in America who adhere to their church's teaching on abortion and birth control. Respect for their religious sensibilities is apparently a different matter.
We give the Egyptians over two billion in aid, forgave over a billion in debt we were owed and were instrumental in helping them obtain a badly needed IMF loan. All that wasn't enough to buy us even a basic level of respect from these people and I actually understand why.
In this neighborhood, everyone kicks the cringing dog with impunity.
In the past, any country daring to desecrate our flag and invade U.S. sovereign territory- for that is what an embassy is considered to be- would have rued the day they did so.
Not any more. It's all about appeasement, which only breeds more of the same.
You can hardly blame much of the Muslim world for having contempt for us. It's their usual attitude towards dhimmis.