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September 11, 2012

"They Hate Us For Our Freedoms"

Meaning, courtesy of the online urban dictionary:

They hate us for our Freedom

A Line used by President Bush and every single Neo-Con out there, to make the case that it wasn't our meddling around in Mid-East affairs that caused Muslim-Extremist to hate us, but that our "Freedoms" somehow managed to piss them off.

Osama Bin Laden said it was our involvement in the Middle East that turned him against America, but President Bush said it was because, They hate us for our Freedom.

Difficult to square such cluelessnes with today's news:

Egyptian protesters scaled the walls of the U.S. embassy on Tuesday, tore down the American flag and burned it during a protest over what they said was a film being produced in the United States that insulted Prophet Mohammad.

Yes, you read correctly: a film produced in the United States provoked a violent reaction half a world away:

"This movie must be banned immediately and an apology should be made," said 19-year-old Ismail Mahmoud, a member of the so-called "ultras" soccer supporters who played a big role in the uprising that brought down Hosni Mubarak last year.

He called on President Mohamed Mursi, Egypt's first civilian president and an Islamist, to take action, without giving details of the film that angered him or other protesters.

And it produced this response from U.S. spokestwits:

The U.S. embassy had put out a statement earlier on Tuesday condemning "misguided individuals" who hurt the religious feelings of Muslims or followers of other religions.

"We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others," the U.S. embassy said in its statement.

...Protests have become a common feature in Egypt since the uprising that ousted long-time U.S.-ally Mubarak. When U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited in July, after Mursi was sworn in, her motorcade was pelted with tomatoes.

Some demonstrators shouted slogans against her and some slogans were against Islamists, reflecting perceptions of some opponents of Islamists who have swept Egypt's presidency and a parliamentary vote that Washington helped Islamists to power.

In Mubarak's era, protests were usually swiftly halted by an often brutally efficient police force.

One slogan scrawled on the walls of the embassy, which is near Tahrir Square where Egyptians revolted against Mubarak, said: "If your freedom of speech has no limits, may you accept our freedom of action."

So much for Smart Power. Today I am remembering a far different reaction to thuggish intimidation and intolerance:

Americans are asking ``Why do they hate us?''

They hate what they see right here in this chamber: a democratically elected government. Their leaders are self-appointed. They hate our freedoms: our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote and assemble and disagree with each other.

They want to overthrow existing governments in many Muslim countries such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. They want to drive Israel out of the Middle East. They want to drive Christians and Jews out of vast regions of Asia and Africa.

These terrorists kill not merely to end lives, but to disrupt and end a way of life. With every atrocity, they hope that America grows fearful, retreating from the world and forsaking our friends. They stand against us because we stand in their way.

We're not deceived by their pretenses to piety.

We have seen their kind before. They're the heirs of all the murderous ideologies of the 20th century. By sacrificing human life to serve their radical visions, by abandoning every value except the will to power, they follow in the path of fascism, Nazism and totalitarianism. And they will follow that path all the way to where it ends in history's unmarked grave of discarded lies.

What a difference an election makes.

Posted by Cassandra at September 11, 2012 06:06 PM

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Let me see: These people went onto sovereign US territory (our embassy grounds), tore down and burned our flag, and we did nothing? Does this remind anyone of the feckless State Department reaction (i'e' "Don't resist") to taking of hostages in Teheran not so long ago? What were the ROE of our Marine guard force in Cairo--and where were the Egyptian Police who are treaty bound to protect our embassy?

This is not looking good.

Posted by: CAPT Mongo at September 11, 2012 07:48 PM

The U S embassy is unaware that 'misguided individuals' defines 'infidels' in Islam's lexicon? Who's running that place? Oh, a woman? Appointed by the Barakah. I wonder if she's acquainted with the phrase 'war on women'?

Posted by: George Pal at September 11, 2012 07:59 PM

"They hate what they see right here in this chamber: a democratically elected government. Their leaders are self-appointed. They hate our freedoms: our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote and assemble and disagree with each other."

Yup.

"They want to overthrow existing governments in many Muslim countries such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. They want to drive Israel out of the Middle East. They want to drive Christians and Jews out of vast regions of Asia and Africa."

Ah, the Islamic Spring.

"These terrorists kill not merely to end lives, but to disrupt and end a way of life. With every atrocity, they hope that America grows fearful, retreating from the world and forsaking our friends. They stand against us because we stand in their way.

We're not deceived by their pretenses to piety.

We have seen their kind before. They're the heirs of all the murderous ideologies of the 20th century. By sacrificing human life to serve their radical visions, by abandoning every value except the will to power, they follow in the path of fascism, Nazism and totalitarianism. And they will follow that path all the way to where it ends in history's unmarked grave of discarded lies."

Their game plan portfolio has an 8th century date on the cover. No surprise here.

"What a difference an election makes."

I'd probably be unable to refrain from a 50K character rant if I were to allow myself to get started, so I'll just say, yup. What a difference.

Fear not folks. The Foreign Policy gurus, --those masters of international schmooze, the ones who will woo the world into loving us, in short order, in the next term, no, really-- have a rapid response Diplomatic entourage in wings, waiting on a green light from Jarrett. Then off they go to Egypt and Libya.

The entourage consists of a properly sensitized genuflecting gaggle of idjits who can speak for hours and say virtually nothing other than to promise more U.S. taxpayer funding for the Muslim Bro-hoods if they will only like us.
//Wonders is POTUS #39 will be on the flight?//

The diplos will also explain to the mobs that fortunately for the world, our old Constitution is a living document. It'll really be a lively piece of parchment with another one or two SCOTUS appointments like the last two, so wait until after O secures his second term. He will be more flexible. Just ask Putin.


Step 1: Field day in 55 days and a wakeup. Be there.

Posted by: bthun at September 11, 2012 08:30 PM

They hate us because we are not them. We are the Other. They fight amongst themselves if no external threat can be found.

They hate the Israelis because they will not submit. The Israelis are a stubborn people. They have no other place to run to.

The US can run away from the Middle East, which has been a part of the Obama- Clinton foreign policy doctrine. The Israelis are not going anywhere.

One wonders what move President Nine-Dimensional chess is going to pull next. Will it be a gutsy call?

Posted by: Don Brouhaha at September 11, 2012 09:57 PM

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