The US Embassy in Cairo Finds Its...Voice
Don't look now, but @USEmbassyCairo just called out the Muslim Brotherhood for tweeting with a forked tongue.
The U.S. called out the Muslim Brotherhood for apparently tweeting a different set of messages—a kind one in English, and one in Arabic with a different tone—as demonstrators and security forces were battling outside the embassy in Cairo.
The Muslim Brotherhood's English-language Twitter account (@Ikhwanweb) retweeted a message from deputy head Khairat el-Shater saying he was "relieved none of @USEmbassyCairo staff was harmed" and hoped U.S.-Egypt relations "will sustain [the] turbulence of Tuesday's events."
However, according to ahramonline.com, the Brotherhood's Arabic-language Twitter account and its website were praising the protests staged against a U.S.-made film that some Muslims deem insulting to the Prophet Muhammad. The Brotherhood's messages also called for a million-man march on Friday.
That prompted an interesting response from the U.S. Embassy in Cairo: "Thanks. By the way, have you checked out your own Arabic feeds? I hope you know we read those too."
Hm. The Bros want to have a million-man march. Where did they get that idea?
In any case, it's good to see the US embassy in Cairo is now engaged in defending the US from the likes of the Muslim Brotherhood. Arab groups and leaders constantly play this game of saying nice nice to us in English while calling for our deaths as soon as they think we're not listening.
It's been less than 48 hours since that same twitter feed was in a defensive crouch. The embassy must have taken one of those disarmed Marines and put him on tweet duty.