Two weeks ago the Middle East and northern Africa was set ablaze by Islamic extremists. The supposed cause was a substandard 14-minute YouTube video mocking the Muslim religion, and today the White House is standing by its story that the slapstick portrayal of the Prophet Mohammed is responsible for the recent deadly protests.
The mixed messaging from President Obama regarding the Middle East mayhem has empowered Muslim leaders who are now demanding that America change its Constitution and adopts strict blasphemy laws.
Longtime Muslim Brotherhood member and now Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s Prime Minister Hisham Qandil told Egypt’s main newspaper, Al Ahram on September 15 that he expected the U.S. to change the law. America should “take the necessary measures to ensure insulting billions of people – one and a half billion people – and their beliefs does not happen, and people pay for what they do, and at the same time make sure that the reflections of the true Egyptian and Muslims is well [represented] in Western media.”
The outspoken leader also warned U.S. leaders that violence would continue if changes were not made.
Taking the Islamist talking points one step further was Egyptian President Morsi. He insisted that America restrict free speech when it comes to the Muslim faith. He also demanded Mr. Obama support the anti-Israel governments in Gaza as well as the West Bank. The Egyptian leader also said the U.S. must provide more financial aid so his country can purchase food and fuel. (The U.S. has already given Egypt $1.5 billion in additional foreign aid this year)
Today at the United Nations, President Obama attempted to rebuff the free speech argument and said, “what we saw play out the last two weeks, was a crude and disgusting video (that) sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world. I have made it clear that the United States government had nothing to do with this video, and I believe its message must be rejected by all who respect our common humanity. It is an insult not only to Muslims, but to America as well–for as the city outside these walls makes clear, we are a country that has welcomed people of every race and religion. We are home to Muslims who worship across our country. We not only respect the freedom of religion–we have laws that protect individuals from being harmed because of how they look or what they believe. We understand why people take offense to this video because millions of our citizens are among them.”
“I know there are some who ask why we don’t just ban such a video,” said Obama. “The answer is enshrined in our laws: our Constitution protects the right to practice free speech.”
The President went on to condemn the onslaught of violent protests and sternly told the UN general assembly that no form of blasphemous material ever warrants actions the Middle East experienced. No video excuses killing, attacking embassies or destroying private property, Obama said. Curiously, he never used the word terrorism in his 40-minute UN speech.
Last week President Obama took the apology tour to whole new level and used $70,000 of taxpayers’ dollars to advertise on Pakistani TV. The commercial featured Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama condemning the YouTube video.
Many Middle East experts admit that apologies symbolize weakness in the Muslim world and explain that the U.S. government must rule through strength.
Steve Emerson, of The Investigative Project on Terrorism, cautioned Americans against underestimating the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
“The reality is that this new regime is a totalitarian regime. It’s friendly with Iran. It’s friendly with Hamas. Its grievances are based on the fact that we support Israel. It’s not that we support Israel it’s the fact that Israel exists. This is an enemy regime and the fact is that 48 percent of the Egyptian people voted against it and if we don’t stand up against it and try to destabilize it, honestly, the way we should have destabilized the Ayatollah Khomeini when he was first elected we are going to see the new rise of the Muslim Brotherhood block take over the Middle East.”
In a recent World Net Daily radio interview, U.S. Army Lieutenant General (Ret.) William “Jerry” Boykin said that many people with high security clearances in the U.S. are connected to the Muslim Brotherhood. These individuals “hold important positions in every major federal agency including the Pentagon and the Department of Defense.”
Emerson continued to emphasize the strength verses weakness tactics the Obama Administration should implement. “We should not be crying out that we are sorry as we just did in a commercial in Pakistan for having the first amendment. Suppose I did a film. In Fact I am doing a film, it’s coming out next week. It’s called Jihad in America: The Grand Deception. We’ve been working on it for two years. It’s a two-year documentary about the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States and showing the extensive collaboration between the Obama Administration and the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States. It’s pretty shocking because I think that reveals his philosophy. I think Mr. Obama is not necessarily a Muslim, I don’t believe that, I think he is pro-Islamist and that philosophy is allowing totalitarian views to be imposed around the world and even in our country. It’s very dangerous; it should be confrontational not friendly.”
Without a doubt, the centerpiece of President Obama’s war on terror continues to be his “drone strikes” and “kill lists.” Yet, with the world watching, President Obama blamed the violent protests on a 14-minute YouTube video. Even though, the terrorists’ claiming responsibility for the 9/11 terror attack on the Benghazi consulate, that killed the U.S. ambassador and three others, claimed the assaults were in retaliation for Abu Yahya al-Libi, a known terrorist, who was killed in a drone strike ordered by President Obama.
Instead of admitting the drone strikes may be part of the problem, the Obama Administration continues to undermine the First Amendment by blaming the YouTube video. The administration even tried to have the so-called anti-Muslim video removed from the Internet, but YouTube rightly says the video meets their standards.
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