Ed Driscoll

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The was no World Wide Web back in 1979, but the screen cap of the Drudge Report today certainly has That Seventies Show written all over it, doesn’t it? As Bryan Preston writes at the Tatler:

In Tehran in 1979, a student attack on the US embassy led to a protracted hostage crisis.

Today, protesters in Cairo attack the US embassy there, supposedly over a film that insults Mohammed. According to reports, about 2000 Islamist protesters have surrounded the embassy and about 20 of them have scaled the wall. Reportedly, there are no American personnel inside the embassy. The protesters took down the American flag and attempted to replace it with a black flag to symbolize Islam’s conquest.

As if to make sure that conquest proceeds apace, the US State Department released an appalling statement that amounts to bowing to the Islamists’ offense:

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

The fact that the US embassy in Cairo would issue such a statement to Islamists, on 9-11 of all days, is a deep low point in American history.

Or as Diane Ellis writes at Ricochet, “U.S. to Egyptian Mob: Go Ahead and Burn Our Flag. We Deserve It.”

Concurrently, Mr. Carter Obama is “too busy to find time to meet with Benjamin Netanyahu, but he’s got time for the Pimp With the Limp.”

Related: At Commentary, “Poll Shows Obama Getting Lowest Jewish Support Since Carter.” I’m sure it has nothing to do with this.