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In Cairo, the U.S. Embassy's Arabic Tweets Were Even Worse

How dare Michele Bachmann and four other conservative House members suggest there might be a Muslim Brotherhood influence problem at the State Department!

Forget for the moment the shameful English statements issued by the Obama State Department from the embassy in Cairo. The statements the embassy put out in Arabic were even worse. Apparently figuring Americans would never know what they were saying, the State Department nakedly championed the Obama administration’s project of partnering with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to elevate sharia blasphemy standards over First Amendment free speech. State has thus adopted the Brotherhood’s tactic of speaking mush in English but pulling no punches in Arabic.

At Breitbart’s Big Peace, Joel Pollak cites the valuable work of the Middle East Forum’s Raymond Stock:

Except for one Arabic tweet which said that consular services will be closed on September 12 due to the demonstrations, and another that praised the patriotism of Americans on September 11, 2001, there was really no mention of what was actually happening in Cairo that day.

Rather, the Arabic tweets repeatedly condemn “religious incitement,” understood to be entirely on the side of the unnamed filmmakers, not the howling fanatics that invaded the compound, who represent an ideology that wants to subjugate all of Egypt’s Christians or drive them out altogether.  Some of them have been removed, like this one:

“We vehemently reject the actions of those who abuse the worldwide right to freedom of expression in order to injure the religious beliefs of others.”

نحن نرفض بشدة أفعال من يسيئون استخدام الحق العالمي لحرية التعبير للإساءة للمعتقدات الدينية للآخرين 

Another one (still there at time of writing, that was posted at 19h), asserts:

“The worldwide right to freedom of expression also gives us the right to criticize misguided, inaccurate works.”

إن الحق العالمي لحرية التعبير أيضا يعطينا الحق في انتقاد الأعمال المضلَلة وغير الواعية 

So rather than defend American values, the official representatives of Hillary Clinton’s State Department deliberately stoked (or better yet, stroked) the opportunistic Islamist sense of grievance in the interest of appeasement.