Est. May 2008

12 September, 2012

Apologies, Apologies

Okay, so ... a movie allegedly offensive to Mohammed is posted to Youtube. 

The US Embassy in Cairo apologized for 'hurting Muslim feelings'; the Administration agreed, and Secretary of State Clinton doubled-down on the apology; Mitt Romney blasted the Administration for the knee-jerk apology; The Administration fired back.

Is this an attack on free speech?  Is this the knee-jerk reaction to the fear that Muslims will once again show us that the 'Religion of Peace' isn't?

Yes...and yes.   But I think there's more to it than that.

Think back to when Terry Jones threatened to burn a Koran.  The Administration was Johnny-on-the-spot in condemning even the threat of buring a Koran, and started apologizing as soon as the Islamists started flipping out.

Then we have the current incident: the Cairo embassy, then the Administration, apologized profusely for this movie ... once again, before the Islamists flipped out.

In both cases, who did the Islamists blame for this 'offense'?

Certainly not Terry Jones, and certainly not the guy who made the movie.  They blamed ...

The government of the US of A.

As though the government was responsible to control the behaviors, activities, and speech of the people - just like the governments of Islamic countries do.

IMO, these apologies are being seen in Islamic countries as, 'The government of the US is sorry it does not exercise the same iron-fisted control over the people as your countries do; please forgive us.'

And this Administration - particularly this President - may feel the same thing.


Back in March of 2011, Mark Landler wrote an article in the New York Times; the last paragraph contains this bit of information:
Mr. Obama has told people that it would be so much easier to be the  president of China. As one official put it, “No one is scrutinizing Hu Jintao’s words in Tahrir Square. (last paragraph)
Mr. Obama was envious of Hu Jintao's control over the people of his country - and I'd bet it's not just the control over public and private speaking he was envious of.

So, IMO, these apologies aren't necessarily for 'hurt feelings' or to avoid rioting - it's because this Administration is embarrassed they aren't like Islamic/communist administrations.

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