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  • Islamists Storm U.S. Embassy Grounds in Cairo

    A crowd of Salafi Islamists swarmed over the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo today, tore down the American flag and replaced it with black banners proclaiming the Muslim declaration of faith: “There is no god but God and Muhammad is his prophet.”

    This hostile action, coming on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, is a deliberate affront to the United States, an effort to poison bilateral Egyptian-American relations and a harbinger of darker things to come in Egypt as rival Islamist groups compete to heap abuse on the United States and put Egypt on an even more radical Islamist trajectory. The crowd demanded that the embassy be closed and chanted: “Obama, Obama, there are still a billion Osamas” – a reference to the al-Qaeda leader killed in May 2011.

    The crowd, which reportedly contained many supporters of the ultra-radical Al Nour and Al Asala parties, ostensibly was protesting against anti-Islamic attitudes in the United States and an alleged film that insulted the Prophet Muhammad. But the attack undoubtedly was orchestrated to drive a deep wedge between Egypt and the United States and to benefit Salafist political parties by outflanking the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated government in the domestic competition to exploit the anti-American soapbox.

    A similar competition was the principal motivation for the 1979 seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, which Islamists linked to Ayatollah Khomeini exploited to discredit and ultimately oust Iran’s provisional government and marginalize rival factions of moderate Islamists, secularists, nationalists, leftists and liberals.

    Libyan Islamists also got in on the act and today attacked the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, setting it on fire. Their pretext also was the film that allegedly insulted Mohammad.

    The Cairo embassy attack not only is a direct slap at America, but ultimately a major political challenge for Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, whose Freedom and Justice Party now has assumed governing responsibility and must take action to fulfill its responsibilities to protect foreign diplomats. Significantly, the protesters also chanted: “Morsi, Morsi why are you silent? Isn’t this your prophet?”

    This suggestion that Egypt’s President Morsi, a longtime member of the Muslim Brotherhood, has not adequately defended Islam is consistent with Salafist criticism of the more pragmatic Muslim Brotherhood. It presages an intensifying power struggle in Egypt that is likely to take on an increasingly anti-American tone. Morsi himself has denied that al-Qaeda was responsible for the 9/11 attacks and has embraced conspiracy theories about U.S. policy.

    Yet the Obama Administration, which is readying an aid package for Egypt, appears to be deaf to the growing Islamist chants in Cairo. Even diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, who should know better, appear to be clueless about the Islamist challenge. Today the embassy released the following perplexing statement:

    The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others

    If this apologetic message was sent after the attack, then it is a glaring error that suggests the senders have succumbed to Stockholm syndrome. (Cairo syndrome, anyone?) If it was sent before the attack, then it suggests a naïve understanding of the threat posed by Islamists, who are motivated by an ideological drive to seize power, not by “hurt religious feelings.”

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    17 Responses to Islamists Storm U.S. Embassy Grounds in Cairo

    1. jsrroger says:

      Apologies represent a lack of understanding of what motivates those who are calling for "Death to America" as well as "Death to Israel" – as we've long heard coming from Islamists in Iran. I agree with James Phillips that when Americans apologize we reveal a naïve understanding of Islamists. Extremists true motive is their ideological drive to seize power in the name of Islam and Allah and they will use any opportunity to further that goal.

    2. Alfrom Fl says:

      Where was the protection for embassy officials? This is an act of war. There should have been dead bodies of those trying to storm the walls. It may be that standard defenses for an embassy in that area of the world would have been insufficient to stop the assault but apparently there was none. The Sec of State should resign and the embassy needs to have an adequate defense. Apoligies are nonesense and this is a typical liberal failure.

    3. Sebastian says:

      Why did the aegyptian police forces not protect the embassy? That were their duty! Or maybe the polices forces are already disurbed by islamists???
      Greetings from Germany

    4. Sebastian says:

      Why did the aegyptian police forces not protect the embassy? That were their duty! Or maybe the polices forces are already disurbed by islamists???

    5. @JsrRoger says:

      Apologies represent a lack of understanding of what motivates those who are calling for "Death to America" as well as "Death to Israel" – as we've long heard coming from Islamists in Iran. I agree with James Phillips that when Americans apologize we reveal a naïve understanding of Islamists. Extremists true motive is their ideological drive to seize power in the name of Islam and Allah and they will use any opportunity to further that goal.

    6. BA1 says:

      Time and time again, this proof that Islamists are not the problem as many led us to believe so. The problem is in Islam itself. I hope Obama's administration understand this reality.

    7. F. Hammond Cole says:

      If we do not have the good sense to halt ALL aid to Egypt, we will deserve what we get. In my opinion, any military aid to the Muslim Brotherhood is likely to be employed against Israel and/or our own regional military assets. Also the apology from the embassy and the at least 24 hour period of ANY response from the White House regarding the Cairo and Libyan incidents is a classic example of the total vacuum of leadership in this administration.

      One should also remember the Carteresque abandonment of Mubarek by our own president and it appears that the fallout from such abandonment mirrors the rise of the fundamentalist regime in Iran which filled the vacuum left by the Shah. Likewise, our role in toppling Khadafi also has led to the multiple non disarmed groups in Libya, some of whom obviously killed our ambassador and several other Americans. Sobering times!!

    8. Todd says:

      This is what happens when wee have a president that "leads from behind", "apologizes to the world" and has no experience in foreign policy.

      Also, this is what we get when we put a community organizer in the White House.

      God help us if he gets re-elected.

    9. Paul Stone says:

      The Egyptians involved haven't learned that this is a free country, that they have no authority here, and that we can do without them.

    10. Malick Deme says:

      Or may be to react differently would have been playing in the hand of the people who design these attacks for the purpose to drive a wedge between us and the Muslims with whom we can work like we try to drive a wedge between these and the extremists we should not work with. The alternative is to step back and think would be to kill everybody who disagrees with us on anything but then, how would we be better than the fanatics we fight?

      • Bobbie says:

        keep outsiders out and let the inhumane take it out on each other. No sign of America keeps haters of America in their own country and on the spot!

    11. Stirling says:

      This is Obama's "Carter Moment" (rather then take hostages they killed them). As Carter was Obama is complaciant to condem America's free speach rather then radical islam.

    12. America supports "democracy" blindly and foolishly. The Iranian government is duly "elected" but obvioulsy tyrannical. When we forced elections in Gaza, the violent Hamas came to power. Elections in Egypt have given us the Muslim Brotherhood, and now similar governments in Tunisia and Libya. The fact of the matter is that the most "secular" Arab rulers were Saddam, Qaddafi and Mubarek, all of which have been disposed of. Next is Assad in Syria, who is also anything but an extremist Muslim.

      Tyranny through mob rule is probably not what the US means by "democracy" but it is what you will get in the Middle East. US policy seems determined to bring more radical Islamists to power throughout the region.

    13. Jeanne Stotler says:

      All you need to do, to understand this President ( I say this lightly)is 1. see 2016, Obama's america, 2. Read "Ametuer", 3 then Read "Conduct Unbecoming, Obam's presidency"> There is a CURE, it's claaed voting, and we need to encourage EVERY conservative to VOTE, not sit home. Nov. 6th is for the cure.

    14. Bobbie says:

      How come Obama only mentioned two names out of four Americans murdered aiding the people of Cairo? The way Obama's talking, sounds like he was in on it and with his lack of protection and security for Chris Stephens and the American embassy, who knows? He does have worldly connections known and unknown…

    15. RennyG says:

      I think we have a better chance PRAYING than we do voting!!!!!!!! He has already bought his block of votes and the rest will come through voter fraud!!!

    16. John Kincaid says:

      The United States should get totally out of the Islamic parts 0f the world. Never give them snother dime or any equipment of any type. Let these 5th century thinking people fight among themselves as they have done for thousands of years. We don’t need their help it is the other way around. They will only use our assets against us. If they attack USA take them off the map. No politically correct BS any longer.

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