The Arab Spring? It’s just great. The Muslim Brotherhood? Bunch of moderates. Peace in the Middle East? Looking good, except for Israeli obstructionism.
This guy who sounds like Hitler’s more hateful cousin? Obama turned him into the biggest power player in the region.
In the video footage first broadcast Friday on Mr. Youssef’s television program, Mr. Morsi addressed a rally in his hometown in the Nile Delta to denounce the Israeli blockade of Gaza.
“We must never forget, brothers, to nurse our children and our grandchildren on hatred for them: for Zionists, for Jews,” Mr. Morsi declared. Egyptian children “must feed on hatred; hatred must continue,” he said. “The hatred must go on for Allah and as a form of worshiping him.”
Hatred as a form of worship for Allah. That sums up Islam nicely.
This kind of talk isn’t some temporary aberration. It’s not an outburst of hostility. It’s hatred as an organizing principle. It’s hatred as an identity as a calculated strategy by a violent hate group that makes the KKK and the Neo-Nazis look like choirboys.
“The land of Palestine will not be freed except through resistance,” he said, praising the militant group Hamas as an extension of the Brotherhood.
“Who is our enemy? The Zionists. Who occupies our land? The Zionists. Who hates us? The Zionists. Who destroys our lands? The Zionists,” Mr. Morsi added, lashing out at “America, France and Europe” as “Zionist” supporters.
“And the last of them is that Obama,” Mr. Morsi said. He called the American president a liar who promised the Arab world “empty meaningless words.”
This, on the other hand, was Obama’s reading of Morsi. “Mr. Obama told aides he was impressed with the Egyptian leader’s pragmatic confidence. He sensed an engineer’s precision with surprisingly little ideology.”
Yes, I think that’s what we’re all getting here.
The New York Times, true to form, insists on covering this story as if Morsi’s words were some minor roadblock that he needs to take back, but that he can’t because of the domestic political situation. They’re not just words, they are how he sees the world and what he plans to do about it.