The Egyptian President: Respect the Arab World

Mark Tapson, a Hollywood-based writer and screenwriter, is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He focuses on the politics of popular culture.


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As President Obama’s disastrous Middle East policy “comes home to roost” and he retreats to the safety of TV talk show couches, Egypt’s new president presses his advantage. Mohamed Morsi, a former leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, is now demanding a fundamental change (sound familiar, Obama?) in the way the United States relates to Egypt.

In an interview with The New York Times prior to his first trip to the U.S., Morsi said it was up to Washington to repair relations with the Arab world, specifically with Egypt. America must change its approach to the Arab world, show greater respect for its values, and help build a Palestinian state, to atone for decades of pent-up Arab anger caused by our support for autocratic Middle Eastern regimes like that of the deposed Hosni Mubarak in Egypt: “Successive American administrations,” Morsi said, “essentially purchased with American taxpayer money the dislike, if not the hatred, of the peoples of the region.”

So all the recent anti-American violence against U.S. embassies in the region is our fault. It’s no surprise that Morsi, who seems comfortable speaking on behalf of the Arab world, wouldn’t apologize on their behalf as well. Apologizing might be Obama’s go-to diplomatic strategy, but that’s not the Arab way. Blaming others is.

Morsi shrugged off criticism that he didn’t come down hard or quick enough on the Cairo protesters who recently hoisted the black flag of Islam over the U.S. embassy: “We can never condone this kind of violence, but we need to deal with the situation wisely,” he said, adding that the embassy employees were never in danger. How reassuring.

He went on to describe the post-Arab Spring nature of his country: “Egypt now is a real civil state. It is not theocratic, it is not military. It is democratic, free, constitutional, lawful and modern.” Nothing in that sentence after the word “Egypt” is true. A Muslim Brotherhood regime is by definition theocratic. Egypt is militarizing and preparing for war with Israel. The state is not democratic, free, constitutional, lawful or modern in the way that we understand those words.

But Morsi isn’t a member of the Brotherhood anymore, you say? Here is what he told the NY Times:

I grew up with the Muslim Brotherhood. I learned my principles in the Muslim Brotherhood. I learned how to love my country with the Muslim Brotherhood. I learned politics with the Brotherhood. I was a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood.

It’s in his blood. Yet Morsi sees “absolutely no conflict” between his loyalty to that fundamentalist, supremacist organization and his responsibility to govern on behalf of all Egyptians, regardless of religion, sex or class. That must be very reassuring to that country’s Coptic Christians, against whom genocide is being waged.

Asked if he considers the United States an ally, Morsi joked, “That depends on your definition of ally.” He said he does envision our two nations as “real friends.” But the U.S. must respect the Arab world’s history and culture, Morsi demanded, even when that conflicts with Western values. Islamic fundamentalists always demand R-E-S-P-E-C-T but don’t bother reciprocating; they don’t respect our culture or values like human rights, free speech, separation of church and state, women’s rights, religious freedom, and so forth. Remember, Morsi himself said, in condemnation of the controversial film trailer The Innocence of Muslims, that the Muslim prophet Muhammad “is a red line nobody can touch.” If it were up to him, no one, Egyptian or American, would enjoy Western freedoms.

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  • gman213

    Hey Assholio..respect is earned not automatically given…especially to savages!

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      Wait until they push the copts around, then they'll have your respect!

      (sarcasm)

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "In an interview with The New York Times prior to his first trip to the U.S., Morsi said it was up to Washington to repair relations with the Arab world, specifically with Egypt. America must change its approach to the Arab world, show greater respect for its values, and help build a Palestinian state, to atone for decades of pent-up Arab anger caused by our support for autocratic Middle Eastern regimes like that of the deposed Hosni Mubarak in Egypt:”

    Proof of just how much progress Obama has made, in appeasement.

    • Larry

      If the Western world used muslim values we would have crushed them like cockroaches years ago.

      To get respect you have to earn respect, and so far there have been very, very few, if any, things to respect in the muslim world. Egypt is still trying to live off the glory of the Pharohs, the Greeks, and the early Christian era there. Since then they have done nothing.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "If the Western world used muslim values we would have crushed them like cockroaches years ago."

    Indeed, without question.

    "To get respect you have to earn respect, and so far there have been very, very few, if any, things to respect in the muslim world."

    Not when you know the facts.

    "Egypt is still trying to live off the glory of the Pharohs, the Greeks, and the early Christian era there."

    Not sure what you mean unless you are speaking about their lies in fusing Islamic history with lies about supposed inventions when it suits their immediate goals.

    "Since then they have done nothing. "

    Nothing good.

  • Peter

    Respect the Arab world ….. and keep the welfare flowing to us. Or else we'll …. well, we'l stop using toilet paper.

    • kafir4life

      Have you smelled a muslim? They've already stopped.

      • davarino

        Dude, thats eco friendly : )

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

          Not if you're the camel they're riding on.

  • kafir4life

    Let me say (for the record) that the inventor of islam, the pedophile rapist mohamat, the false prophet of islam the gutter cult, the shatter of the terror guide the koran, wasn't a very nice man. He was butt ugly too!! If you want to know what mohamat the pedophilic rapist looked like, picture Michelle Obama mating with a pig.

    allahu snackbar

    • Ann

      Mohammed was also a cold blooded murderer, especially killing those who did not believe as he did. He is well known for killing those who drew picture/cartoons of he and his Allah…. Mohammed's step mother and even he himself thought he was possessed when he began having visions from Allah, while experiencing seizures…. At one time when a group of people questioned Mohammed's words from Allah, Mohammed promptly replaced those verses with something entirely different…. And Muslims try and compare Mohammed to Jesus! Gee, I don't remember Jesus killing and/or hating anyone.

  • Mike

    This guy is a real trip. Like all the others on this page, we don't just give respect you have to earn it and islam is a religion that will NEVER earn respect with other people of faith. It's coming down to a world war with these satan worshipers and it's time to choose sides and looks like Obama will choose theirs. Believe me ,Jesus will win this battle and protect the jewish state of Israel.

    • ann

      Amen Mike! Israel will win. Interesting that it is told in the bible that anti Israel nations will claim Israel has no right to exist.

  • davarino

    I aint fraid of no muslim, except the ones that follow the koran and its false profit.

  • Hannah Crusen

    I'll respect them once they renounce the maim-molest-and-murder "prophet", and o yes, start washing those dirty nightshirts on a regular basis.
    And please stop sexually molesting your sisters too.

    • ann

      Mohammed's youngest wife was 9 years old when they consummated their marriage, lovely.

  • Andy

    It will be interesting to see how this lice-bearded lard ass fares in the Muslim world which he is trying to unite to create a caliphate to vanquish the free world. He has now reached out to both the Saudis and Iran who despise each other. But he gets A for chutzpah and this is useful because it might wake up some of the American morons who were born with blinders and have yet to recognize the evil of Islam. He'll get my approval if not respect once he goes to meet with the hairy legged 74 virgins in the Muslim heaven.

  • Jaladhi

    If they want respect why don't they earn by their actions and civilized behavior. No – they behave like barbarians and then say "respect us". You know the answer – screw you!!

  • chowching259

    Muslim tribal leaders and Mexican drug lords have one thing in common; they both murder with no remorse. Savagery is in their genetic code and it cannot be tamed. America should supply them both with better weapons so they can kill faster, it would help eliminate bad blood.

  • LindaRivera

    Non-Muslims are disrespected and deeply HATED by devout Muslims. Read Daniel Greenfield's article:
    Muslim Sex Abuse of English Children Exposed http://frontpagemag.com/2012/dgreenfield/muslim-s

    The whole world must know about this. I read about this on the British Freedom site:
    South Yorkshire Police and Rotherham Council Are Complicit in Child-Rape: http://britishfreedom.org/south-yorkshire-police-

    I'm British American. I was deeply distressed. I wept and sobbed for the children and screamed out in anger over EVIL British leaders and police. Till I take my last breath upon this earth, I will NEVER forget what evil UK leaders have perpetrated on defenseless British children. NEVER. Treasonous UK leaders have imported millions of the soldiers of Allah to wage jihad against the British people as commanded by the Quran. Merciless, immoral UK leaders and police fully support, aid, and abet Muslim pedophile MONSTER gang rapists in their crimes against humanity. Defenseless British children.

    Please support and join British Freedom. It is Britain's last great hope against tyranny, cruelty and horrendous suffering: http://britishfreedom.org/

    All of these horrors, agony and suffering are coming to a town or city near you soon unless Muslim immigration is permanently ended immediately and all Muslim criminals, terrorists, Muslim illegals, phony Muslim refugees and phony Muslim asylum seekers are deported immediately.

    GOD HELP THE WORLD'S NON-MUSLIM INNOCENTS!

    • ann

      Stupid American Politicians have also imported their share of Muslim extremists, too. This must be stopped. Islamist extremists in MI have infiltrated that state's highest offices which have led to Christians up there being persecuted. Matter fact, it appears an Islamist SOB has infiltrated America's highest office, too.

  • BLJ

    If it was not for oil these camel jockeys would all be ignored. Egypt is an economic basket case that has nothing to offer anyone. The only thing they have ever accomplished was building some pyramids.

    Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood and any other Muslim can kiss my Christian ass!

    • Veronica

      You are wrong. The ancient Egyptians developed many contributions in the fields of Science,Astronomy,Medicine,Mathematics,etc. They were a very intelligent civilization the only problem here is the Islamic domination in the country. Most Egyptian Christians I know living abroad are very successful in their own right and contribute a lot to society. Egypt is a beautiful country, Islam is ruining it. Thats all.

      • gwawr

        You're both right, though Veronica, you're more right. It was the ancients of that land that did a great many things. Harnessing the Nile was a major accomplishment. Building those pyramids that have lasted for countless centuries along with many ancient temples (though not as good a shape). Not to even the making of the Sphinx! It was the muslims that destroyed the great library at Alexandria. All because they totally believe that "all the knowledge that is known and will be known is already in the quoran."

  • BS77

    It's like science fiction….Resident EVIL zombies from hell are attacking the planet…..when will Superman or Iron Man arrive to foil their plans? Cartoon characters seem to be running the governments. If you aren't phobic, perhaps you aren't paying attention.

  • Ghostwriter

    Can someone answer for me this question. Why is it that the Muslim world screams for respect,but does nothing to earn it?

    • ann

      Thats Islam for you Ghostwriter, Islam has not changed since about 600AD, always has been a vicious way of life, government, religion.

    • Gwawr

      Because, according to the so called holy book, "they are the best of people" and anyone that is not a muslim, does not deserve respect, only servitude or death.

  • Dan

    Those who lead causes and those who endure the consequences are not always the same people.
    - unknown author – – President Obama made the decision to give his support to the Muslim Brotherhood who supports terrorism; now people are suffering partly because of his decision. President Obama has not denounced the Muslim Brotherhood, the people will continue to suffer. I don't see his decisions benefiting Freedom for anyone.

  • Questions

    Muslims are people who sit on a rug and stick their asses in the air five times a day to an sky guy named Allah, and then kill people whose "crime" is not piously sticking their asses in the air five times a day. Some might call this psychosis.

  • Omar

    Morsi is a hypocrite. He's lecturing us about tolerance and respect, yet he belongs to an organization that preaches zero tolerance or respect towards "infidels".