Outrage

by Sonny Bunch on September 12, 2012

I’m honestly unable to fully process what happened yesterday in Libya and Egypt: We had two diplomatic stations stormed by enraged Islamist radicals; we had one embassy lose its flag and have it replaced by an al Qaeda banner on September 11th; and we had one of our ambassadors (and three other diplomatic workers) murdered.

And what was the response?

The official Twitter feed of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo first noted that it “condemns religious incitement,” a reference to the movie that the Egyptian barbarians claimed offense over and were rioting about. It then doubled down on that statement, firing off a tweet later in the day noting that “The morning’s condemnation … still stands.” The embassy then tripled down by noting they “condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions.” They then quadrupled down by saying they “firmly reject the actions of those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.” Oh, they also released this statement:

The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others

What. The. Fuck.

How did the administration respond? Well, the President of the United States released a statement that read, in part:

While the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, we must all unequivocally oppose the kind of senseless violence that took the lives of these public servants.

While this is better than the nonsense coming out of our embassy in Egypt, it is still wholly unacceptable.  It provides backdoor cover to the medieval thugs violating international law and murdering American citizens. I mean, can you imagine if, say, a Republican president—after the firebombing of a pair of abortion clinics and the murder of an abortion doctor—said something along the lines of “While the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of those who oppose abortion, we must oppose the kind of senseless violence that took the lives of these abortionists”? There would be (entirely justifiable) outrage on the left.

This is a goddamn travesty. I’m not claiming to have all the answers. But I do know one response that isn’t proper: throwing freedom of speech under the bus in order to placate a horde of degenerate savages who commit acts of war because someone said something that might hurt their feelings.

As an aside, the Obama Administration should maybe just send this video clip out to any nation that doesn’t immediately promise to defend the sanctity of an American embassy (warning: language):

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