OBAMA'S NEW PAL – AT 7:52 A.M. ET: Egyptian President Morsi addressed the UN yesterday, and it wasn't pleasant listening. The successor to American ally Hosni Mubarak made clear that there is a sharp ideological difference between his crowd and the West. From WaPo:
UNITED NATIONS — Insults to the Islamic prophet Muhammad are part of an organized assault on Muslim religious and cultural values and cannot be brushed aside, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi said Wednesday, rejecting the case for free speech made by President Obama just a day earlier...
...In an address before the U.N. General Assembly that marked his debut as an international statesman, Egypt’s first democratically elected president presented an unapologetically Islamic view of world events and Egypt’s role in them. He said outrage over insults to Islam does not justify violence but said nothing directly about the attack two weeks ago on the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.
And his assertion that the YouTube video was part of an organized assault risked undermining U.S. attempts to disavow it, although Morsi did not explain who he thought was behind the campaign.
“Egypt respects freedom of expression,” said Morsi, who was the candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood movement once banned by the U.S.-backed secular dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak. But “not a freedom of expression that targets a specific religion or a specific culture.”
Pretty chilling stuff. We're for freedom of speech...except.
But wait: Does something look familiar to you there? Morsi is giving a definition of "acceptable" speech that is chillingly similar to what's taught on many American college campuses. You're free to speak...except. I'm afraid many Americans, especially young Americans brainwashed by the leftist mentality of American colleges, will see nothing wrong with Morsi's boundaries. The speech codes in place in many schools say pretty much the same thing.
We are at a very critical moment. Some in the media understand it, and care. And some don't.
In his address, Morsi never mentioned the United States, Egypt’s largest foreign benefactor, but much of his message appeared aimed at setting boundaries for his country’s new relationship with the West.
He said Egypt would not back away from a diplomatic partnership with Iran to end the civil war in Syria — a partnership that is viewed with deep skepticism by Washington because of Iran’s alleged role in funding and arming the repressive Syrian regime.
COMMENT: Nice, huh? Welcome to the Arab spring, another foreign-policy triumph by Barack Obama. And Americans are asleep.
September 27, 2012