Arabs and Americans, he continued, have “a shared objective, each to live free in their own land, according to their customs and values, in a fair and democratic fashion.” That’s debatable, but in any case that’s not the Brotherhood’s ultimate objective, which is the elimination of Western civilization and the establishment of a worldwide caliphate. Morsi went on to say that he hopes for our “harmonious, peaceful coexistence.” Sounds great! And how can we achieve such harmony? By submitting to Islam and conforming to sharia law, of course.
He added that the U.S. should not expect Egypt to live by its standards:
If you want to judge the performance of the Egyptian people by the standards of German or Chinese or American culture, then there is no room for judgment. When the Egyptians decide something, probably it is not appropriate for the U.S. When the Americans decide something, this, of course, is not appropriate for Egypt.
Finally, some truth. He is right to acknowledge that our cultures and values don’t mesh. There can be no common ground between us and any regime in the grip of Islamic totalitarianism, just as there hasn’t been any between the U.S. and the Iranian mullahs since 1979. Such regimes are fundamentally hostile to Americans and American interests, and so – Prius bumper stickers notwithstanding – peaceful coexistence is impossible.
He also argued that Americans have “a special responsibility” to help Palestinians achieve full self-rule. “As long as peace and justice are not fulfilled for the Palestinians, then the [Camp David accord] remains unfulfilled,” he said. Peace and justice? Sounds great! And what does that phrase mean to the Arab world Morsi claims to speak for? The total obliteration of the Jewish state and of Jews everywhere. Nothing less will satisfy them.
Shortly after that interview, Morsi made his first appearance before the United Nations General Assembly and reiterated his insistence that the Palestinian cause be addressed, “to put an end to occupation and settlement of occupied Jerusalem.” Occupied Jerusalem. He also again issued a demand for cultural respect, and closed with a passionate denunciation of “Islamophobia” and “an organized campaign against Islamic sanctities.” “We will not allow anyone,” he said, to insult Muhammad “by word or deed.”
Egypt respects freedom of expression, Morsi said, but does not support expression that incites hatred, deepens intolerance or targets a specific religion. Really? Then perhaps he should lecture his own imams and his Brotherhood associates about their blatant Jew-hatred.
The Obama administration facilitated the Muslim Brotherhood’s rise to power in Egypt and continues to support it with financial and military aid, even as he calls for us to restrict our freedom of speech. One might expect that Morsi would express a modicum of gratitude; but again, that’s not the Arab way. Just like other countries in the Islamic world, Morsi’s regime takes our money with one hand and pursues our subjugation with the other.
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