Egyptian President Morsi might be planning to attack free speech in the U.S. by using international “justice” against us. He has reportedly asked the U.S. to go after the filmmakers of the inconsequential anti-Mohammed film trailer, The Prophet.* Moreover, he has allegedly said he plans to sue us under international law.
The international law part of that is what we need to pay attention to. If this is true, the United States cannot allow international law to trump U.S. law.
Instead of apologizing, Morsi is blaming the film trailer for the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. The film trailer, while moronic and vulgar, is permissible under our first amendment. However, the Obama administration is already putting the seed of doubt in peoples’ minds by claiming it goes beyond what is acceptable under the first amendment.
That is a very dangerous precedent to set.
via Ahram online
Egypt’s Hesham Kandil government has asked the US administration in a meeting Wednesday to take tough measures against the makers of a film that attacks Islam and the Prophet Mohamed.
The film, which has caused outrage in Egypt and Libya, leading to an attack on the Libyan consulate in Benghazi that killed the US ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, was produced by Israeli-American writer and director Sam Bacile.
The Egyptian government is requesting prosecution under international conventions that criminalise actions that could cause sectarian strife, whether on ethnic, racial or religious grounds. It described the film in a statement as being morally “base” and deviating from values and humane traditions that stipulate respect for the religions and beliefs of others.
In Egypt, the film was originally thought to have been produced by Diaspora Copts living in the United States. Protesters tore down and burnt the US flag at the Cairo US Embassy premises Tuesday, demanding punishment of the film makers and a public apology.
Earlier Wednesday, Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi, hailing from the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, instructed the Egyptian embassy in Washington to take legal action against the film and its makers.
Hillary Clinton issued two thoughtful statements, one at 6:32 and another at 11:28. While her comments about the murdered diplomats were beautifully stated, one of her remarks, which she repeated in both statements, echoed those made by the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and by President Obama.
The comments seem to place the blame on a film trailer made in the United States with the full protection of the first amendment.
At 6:32 she said,
The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind.
At 11:28 she said,
Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior, along with the protest that took place at our Embassy in Cairo yesterday, as a response to inflammatory material posted on the internet. America’s commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear – there is no justification for this, none.
While her remarks were tempered, the subtle attack on free speech creeped through. She deplored the ridiculous film trailer as if that could possibly be the reason for the attacks. Where was her outrage when elephant dung was put on Christian religious paintings?
The State Department is now admitting that the attacks were planned. The attack in Benghazi was a kill mission.
London intelligence claims the Benghazi attack might have been revenge for the killing of Saeed al-Shihri.
Sympathetic protests broke out in Sudan, Kuwait, and Morocco. The Taliban is encouraging Middle Easterners to attack U.S. soldiers in the region. The protests in Egypt are growing.
The first conciliatory statement which came out of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo did not stop the protests so why does the administration keep repeating the same apology?
These protests and attacks could signal the beginning of the collapse of Obama’s appeasement policy.
These attacks had little or nothing to do with the film trailer. The radicals must be laughing at us for our na·ïve·té. At the time of the Egyptian attacks, the protesters were screaming, “Obama, Obama, we are all Osama.”
Morsi’s plan to sue us, if accurate, is another attempt at attacking the United States.
Appeasement doesn’t work.
* It is now being reported that the film might only consist of a trailer and the director, Sam Bacile, is not real.