Abrams: Embassy Statement ‘Bizarre and Unacceptable’

Wednesday, 12 Sep 2012 03:06 PM

By Todd Beamon

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Former deputy national security adviser Elliot Abrams blasted the U.S. Embassy in Cairo’s response to Tuesday’s attack by Egyptian protesters.

Late Tuesday, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo was attacked by Egyptians protesting a film being made by a California real estate developer on the prophet Muhammad that Muslims found offensive.

According to news sources, some of the Egyptians scaled the embassy walls, pulled down the American flag and burned it – and tried to raise a black jihadi flag with the inscription, “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger.”

In response, the American embassy in Cairo released a statement attacking the film, but not the protesters committing violence.

“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,” the Cairo embassy said in a statement.

“Today, the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 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,” the statement continued. “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.”

Abrams, who advised President George W. Bush and is a senior fellow for Middle East Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, told The Daily Caller that he found the embassy’s statement “bizarre and unacceptable.”

“Instead of a protest, the embassy has responded with a statement that says nothing about this failure by the government of Egypt to protect our people and property,” he said in an email to The Daily Caller. “Instead, it criticized those who say mean things about Islam, when in fact in Egypt today it is non-Muslims, and Christians in particular, who feel threatened.

“So I find the embassy statement untimely on 9/11, bizarre and unacceptable.”

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