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On the statement from the U.S. embassy in Cairo

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Apparently there's a controversy regarding the statement posted as a press release on the web site of the U.S. embassy in Cairo in response to popular objections in the Arab world to an unflattering video of Mohammed. The statement was evidently posted a few hours prior to the protest that resulted in violence at that embassy and at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

For those interested, here is the text of the 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."

http://reason.com/blog/2012/09/12/whats-so-hard-about-saying-in-the-united

Here is some background discussion. Apparently the statement was posted by mid ranking officials at the embassy, without clearance by state department officials in Washington DC - which officials were rather unhappy with the statement:

http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/09/12/inside_the_public_relations_disaster_at_the_cairo_embassy

And, for completeness, here is a link to the video in question. Warning - atrocious casting and terrible acting:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmodVun16Q4

Now you know more than you ever wanted to know about the issue - but at least you have the facts, so you can make sense of the spin.
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On September 16th, 2012 06:52 am (UTC), psychohist commented:
Follow up:

The Brotherhood’s English-language account @Ikhwanweb quoted Brotherhood leader Khairat al-Shater, expressing relief that “none of the US Embassy in Cairo staff was harmed” and hoping the Egypt-American relations “will sustain turbulence of Tuesday’s events.” ...

But ... the Arabic-language Twitter accounts of both the Muslim Brotherhood (@ikhwanonline) ... recently tweeted a link to an article on their website entitled, “Egyptians revolt to defend the prophet in front of the American embassy.” The article says that, "Some of the revolting youth entered the American embassy and took down the American flag then set it on fire in front of everyone, raising a flag that says 'there is no God but Allah' in its place,” but does not condemn the break-in.


http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/us-embassy-muslim-brotherhood-spat-twitter-over-embassy-protests
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