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September 13, 2012

by Shmuel Rosner

September 13, 2012 | 1:29 am

Egyptian protesters tear down the American flag at the U.S. embassy in Cairo, September 11, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)

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Islam’s Black Flag Flies over Egypt

Raymond Ibrahim of Algemeiner raps the Obama administration for its reluctance to condemn radical Islamic terrorists following the attacks on American diplomats. 

Interestingly, while very concerned about the “religious feelings of Muslims,” the U.S. embassy in Egypt had nothing to say about the fact that, right before it was attacked, a Christian man in Egypt stood on trial for “insulting” Islam—even as a throng of Muslims besieged the court-house, interrupting the hearing and calling for the man’s death. Apparently appeasing thin skins is more important than speaking up for those whose lives are at stake—not just Christian Egyptians, but now U.S. employees—over issues of freedom.

 

Romney Is Right

Writing in the Weekly Standard, William Kristol backs the Republican candidate's much-criticized decision to point out the differences between his policy and that of the White House over the crisis in Libya and Egypt. 

Romney is right to bring home the weakness of the Obama administration, exemplified in the disgraceful statement issued yesterday, September 11, by the American embassy in Cairo—a statement, I believe, that would have to have been cleared by the State Department. I'd add this: Romney deserves credit for emphasizing today that the events in Cairo and Benghazi remind us of the need for American leadership.

 

How to Read Egypt, Libya Attacks

The attacks in Libya and Egypt on the anniversary of 9/11 exemplify the challenges the US faces in these transitional countries, Robert M. Danin tells the Council on Foreign Relations

The Libyan government has said all the right things. They have apologized, they have expressed their outrage, and come out clearly and condemned what happened and apologized for it. You contrast this with the situation in Egypt where the Muslim Brotherhood, which leads the government there, has been frighteningly quiet. They called on the United States to issue an apology for the film that has insulted the Muslim world. They have called a nationwide protest on Friday about the film.

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